Scott Drew didn’t mind that his coaching tree was branching out, but it still left him with some holes to fill on his staff.
Drew plugged those openings on Thursday, announcing the hiring of Bill Peterson and Ty Beard as assistant coaches to his Baylor men’s basketball staff while promoting two other coaches to new posts.
The openings came about because of a pair of departures by former Drew assistants to other jobs. Paul Mills left in April to take the head job at Oral Roberts, while Tim Maloney accepted an assistant position at Iona earlier this week.
Peterson, who coached in the NBA for more than a decade, will serve as Baylor’s director of basketball operations, while Beard takes over as the new director of video operations. In addition, Drew promoted Nuness to special assistant and director of player development and Aditya Malhotra to associate director of operations and recruiting.
Peterson has bounced around between college and NBA basketball, and has held both assistant and head coaching positions. His most recent job was head coach of the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA G-League (formerly D-League), a feeder team for the Orlando Magic. He spent six seasons as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks, and also had stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors.
On the collegiate level, Peterson has coached at Colorado State, Alabama-Huntsville, Union (Ky.) College, McNeese State and Bossier Parrish Community College. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech from 1980-83, during Karl Malone’s tenure with the Bulldogs.
Beard comes to Baylor from Jon Brown University, where he spent the past three years as an assistant coach. But he’s not unfamiliar to Drew or the Bears, as he worked as a graduate assistant for BU from 2009-11.
Nuness is in his eighth year on Baylor’s staff, while Malhotra is entering his fifth season.