Turns out Will Hardy worked for the Utah Jazz organization 13 years ago. here’s how

Since news broke last week that Will Hardy would become the new head coach of the Utah Jazz, much has been said about the fact that he is only 34 years old.

As young as that may seem to some, it turns out that Hardy once worked in the Jazz organization — nearly half a lifetime ago.

On Monday afternoon, the Jazz released an excerpt from an interview Hardy did with team broadcast analyst Holly Rowe in which Hardy revealed he had been an intern on the business side of the organization for summer of 2009 under current team president Jim Olson.

Hardy said the internship took place during the summer between his junior and senior years at Williams College (he broke into the NBA as an intern with the San Antonio Spurs after graduating in 2010).

He described the eight-week experience as an opportunity to “do it all,” from visiting Vivint Arena (it was then called EnergySolutions Arena) to working with the Salt Lake Bees.

Video clip released Monday showed Hardy and Olson reconnecting in person after Hardy was hired to replace Quin Snyder as head coach.

“It took seconds to put it together,” said Olson, who was senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Jazz at the time, according to a press release when he became president of the team in 2019.

“As he started talking about some of the things he was doing, helping us out at the Bees and touring the arena, it all fell into place. After five or 10 seconds it all came back to me. , and I was like, ‘I remember this kid.

The video clip ends with Hardy saying, “Yeah, who knew the summer internship on the business side is a feeding program to be the head coach?”

Virginia S. Braud