SALT LAKE CITY: Will Hardy knew some of the inner workings of the Utah Jazz before being named the league's youngest current head coach.

Sure, it was in 2009, and he was just an intern.

Ahead of his final year at Williams College, he put in eight weeks in the business operations department, spending his mornings with the Jazz, afternoons helping the Salt Lake Bees — a Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels — and evenings at the gym rehabbing from hip surgery.

One of Hardy's initial assignments was to give tours of Vivint Arena, a building he had never entered before his internship. That didn't hold him back — and his ability to adapt on the fly could now serve the Jazz well.

"Those (tours) were adventurous for sure," Hardy said. "I was kind of learning the building as I went."

Get the latest news
delivered to your inbox
Sign up for The Manila Times’ daily newsletters
By signing up with an email address, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Utah introduced Hardy as its coach Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). The 34-year-old, who was an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics, will steer the ship as the team sails into a rebuilding process with All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell as the cornerstone.

The change began when Quin Snyder stepped down in June after eight seasons, followed by trades that sent away three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and Royce O'Neale and brought in Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt and Patrick Beverly. The team also collected an assortment of first-round NBA draft picks to use as building blocks.