Bakersfield Jam coach Scott Roth will not be back for another season, team minority owner David Higdon confirmed Monday.
Roth took over the head coaching job when Jim Harrick resigned midway through the 2007-08 season, and he coached the Jam to its first NBA D-League playoff appearance in 2008-09. His overall record in Bakersfield was 34-46, including an 0-1 playoff record.
Bakersfield's leading scorer last season, Trey Johnson, also briefly reached the NBA under Roth's tutelage.
Higdon said the Jam put Roth in a difficult position when the team briefly folded, forcing Roth to pursue other employment. When the team came back earlier this month, Roth was already hip-deep in other opportunities.
"Some are at the NBA level, some are overseas and some are other opportunities in the developmental league," Higdon said. "We've agreed that it's in his best interests that he is not retained."
Higdon, who is the Jam's managing general partner, said he began the search for a new coach Monday.
-- Zach Ewing