Former Bellingham Slam fan favorite Tyler Amaya rejoined the club as an assistant on the coaching staff for the 2013 International Basketball League season.
Amaya led Mount Vernon High School to a 3A state championship in 2001 and Western Washington University to consecutive NCAA Division-II West Regional Tournament appearances in 2005 and 2006, with stints at Gonzaga and Dixie State College in between.
Amaya first joined the Slam midway into the 2008 season, and helped spark a run of 12 straight wins that ultimately saw the team capture its first of two IBL Championships. Amaya played parts of four seasons with the Slam.
Amaya will serve as Rob Ridnour's top assistant coach, filling a role that had been held by Mike Elsner since the 2008 season. Elsner stepped down from his position following the 2012 season in order to spend more time with his family. Amaya's new position with the Slam will be his first foray into coaching at the professional ranks.
The Slam opens the season on April 19, when they host the Vancouver Volcanoes.