Mike Gerrity, who started out part of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ video staff, has been promoted to the Cavs’ Director of Player Development and assistant coach.

As reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

Gerrity has been with the Cavaliers organization since 2014, starting out as an assistant video coordinator. The following year, he was then promoted to assistant coach. Come 2016, Gerrity became the player Development Assistant. In the same year, he was promoted to Director of Player Development of the Cavaliers’ G League Affiliate, the Canton Charge.

Before starting out his career as part of a team’s coaching staff, Gerrity was starred at USC on the hardwood. His high school coach complimented his work ethic, per Arash Markazi of ESPN:

“Few people have the drive he has,” said Mater Dei High School basketball coach Gary McKnight, who started Gerrity all four years, making him only the second player to do so at the perennial prep powerhouse in Santa Ana. “Some people talk about shooting 500 times a day, Mike’s the kind of guy who doesn’t leave until he makes 500.”

NBA legend and former USC coach Paul Westphal noted Gerrity’s skills as a point guard and his overall passion:

“Mike has always been a true point guard. His teams won and he got the ball to the players who needed to get the ball. He penetrated defenses and broke presses easily. He’s one of the most driven players I’ve ever coached.”

Indeed, Gerrity has come a long way. A look back at this past reveals that he deserves his recent promotion.