The news was first announced by Mitch Kupchak, President of Basketball Operations and General Manager of the Charlotte Hornets.
Surenkamp became the third full-time head coach in Swarm history last season and is the first Greensboro coach to have been internally promoted to the role.
Surenkamp also served as the head coach of the Hornets’ summer league team in last month’s NBA 2K23 Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has complied a combined 11-27 record, as Greensboro registered a 9-24 record last season while Charlotte’s summer league squad finished with a 2-3 record.
Surenkamp’s basketball journey began as a player at NCAA Division III Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, about 50 miles northwest of Indianapolis. Surenkamp’s next stop was Mobile, Alabama, where he first worked as a graduate assistant before becoming the Director of Operations for the University of South Alabama basketball program.
Surenkamp’s first entry into the NBA coaching circle came with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2017-18 season. His time in Brooklyn also saw him serve as the head video coordinator with the Long Island Nets, Brooklyn’s G League affiliate.
Surenkamp has been with the Hornets organization since the 2018-19 season, including two seasons in which he served as the head video coordinator.
Continuity is crucial for the continued cultivation of Charlotte’s callow core
With several promising young players in need of development, having consistency at the G League level is a positive for the Hornets. Surenkamp’s return ensures that the culture of player development that existed in Greensboro a season ago will remain this year. Expect to see Kai Jones, JT Thor, Bryce McGowens and company continue to improve under Surenkamp’s leadership in Greensboro this season.