June 3, 2014 at 1:00 am

New GM Jeff Bower hopes to build on Pistons' 'great tradition'

Jeff Bower was most recently the head coach at Marist. (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)

The Pistons formally announced the hiring of Jeff Bower as general manager Tuesday, in Stan Van Gundy's first significant front-office move.

Bower was most recently a college coach at Marist and spent time in the New Orleans Hornets’ front office in various capacities, including being their GM for four seasons.

“I’m excited to join the Pistons organization and play a role in helping this franchise build on its great basketball tradition,” said Bower in a statement. “I look forward to working with Stan, his staff and everyone in the Pistons organization to put together a team that the community can support and be proud of. I’m also excited about ownership’s commitment to winning and their demonstrated commitment to the community.”

Bower will be formally introduced Wednesday, and won the post over Stu Jackson, Scott Layden and Randy Pfund, who were in the mix to be Van Gundy's right-hand man.

"I’m pleased to welcome Jeff Bower to the Detroit Pistons organization,” said Van Gundy. “Jeff brings great basketball knowledge and NBA experience to our organization and he’s enjoyed success in building teams. He’s a great evaluator of talent and Jeff will bring solid leadership to our front office.”