DE LA GRANA
Assistant Coach/Player Development
Octavio De La Grana begins his 14th year as a
member of the HEAT organization and his fourth
as Assistant Coach/Player Development after
spending the previous two seasons in the role of Player Development
Coach/Director of Minor League Operations. His responsibilities will once
again include the mentoring and development of HEAT players.
De La Grana, who spent three seasons (2013-16) as a part of the Skyforce
coaching staff, began his career with the organization as an advance scout.
He also served as the team’s liaison to the Skyforce when Miami assigned
players to its’ G League affi liate.
Player Development Coach
Shooting Coach/Player Development
Rob Fodor begins his fourth season with the HEAT
and his fi rst in the role of Shooting Coach/Player
Development Coach. Fodor, the fi rst full-time
Shooting Coach in franchise history, joined the HEAT
as Shooting Consultant prior to the start of the 2016-17 season. His duties
include providing each player with individual attention in an effort to improve
their shooting mechanics. The HEAT has set a new franchise record for
three-point fi eld goals made in each of his three seasons working with the
team and last season set the franchise record for points in a season.
Fodor has been an entrepreneur and consultant for over 30 years. His
Prior to joining the HEAT, De La Grana had a combined 18 years of head
coaching experience at the high school level, including two stints at
Florida Christian High School, where he led his team to the Class 2A State
Championship in 1996, a season in which he garnered Coach of the Year
honors. He also spent eight years as head basketball coach at Westminster
Christian High School.
De La Grana, a Cuban-American, is a graduate of Liberty University where
he earned a degree in general studies. He attended Florida Christian High
School and played basketball, where in 1979 he was chosen All-County and
later was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He and his wife,
Angie, reside in Kendall with their six children, Derrick, Daniel, Chelsea,
Jenny, Annie and Leah.
resume includes time spent coaching and teaching shooting in Norway,
Germany, Spain, Singapore and Slovenia. Additionally, he’s served as the
personal shooting instructor for former HEAT players Tim Hardaway,
Alonzo Mourning, Jim Jackson and Mike James among many others. He has
served stints as an assistant coach with both the WNBA’s Seattle Storm
and the now defunct Florida Pitbulls of the ABA. Joining the HEAT was
an easy transition as he has worked with Head Coach Erik Spoelstra over
the years, assisting with camps and player development at his academy.
Fodor is the owner of The Shooting Guy, a website dedicated to the science
of player development.
Fodor graduated from Hillsdale College (MI), where he majored in history
and minored in psychology and physical education. He was a starter all four
years at Hillsdale and still owns the school record for career assists.
Fodor resides in Coconut Grove.
After a 13-year NBA playing career that began as
an undrafted free agent with the HEAT in 1999,
Anthony Carter returned to the HEAT organization
as an assistant coach with the Sioux Falls Skyforce
in 2016. This season will mark his second in Miami
as a member of Erik Spoelstra’s staff as a player development coach where
he is involved in all aspects of player development for the HEAT.
Carter spent the fi rst four seasons of his playing career with the HEAT,
appearing in 246 regular season games (80 starts) and averaging 5.5 points,
4.3 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.06 steals and 22.2 minutes. He also helped
Miami earn a pair of postseason appearances, where he saw action in 13
games (four starts) and averaged 7.3 points, 5.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds,
1.08 steals and 26.5 minutes and set the franchise record for most assists i
n a three-game series. The highlight of his HEAT career occurred in Game
3 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Semifi nals against the Knicks when his
driving lay-up over the backboard with 2.2 seconds remaining gave the
HEAT a one-point victory in Madison Square Garden.
After concluding his playing career which spanned 623 career games
(181 starts), Carter served as assistant coach of the Austin Spurs of the
NBA G League for two seasons (2013-15) before joining George Karl’s staff
as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings for the 2015-16 season.
Carter and his wife Cassie reside in Doral with their two sons, Devin and
Jay Sabol begins his 12th season as the Athletic
Trainer for the HEAT. He has spent the last 29
seasons with the organization, including 13 as
Assistant Athletic Trainer. In his current capacity,
he oversees the entire sports medicine staff to keep
the HEAT healthy during the regular season, postseason and off-season.
Sabol has previously served as the team’s equipment manager and
assistant strength and conditioning coach, and served as a team attendant
for his fi rst fi ve years with the organization.
Sabol was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Florida International
University in 1992 with a master’s degree in exercise physiology. As Assistant
Athletic Trainer from 1992-95, Sabol covered basketball and soccer for FIU
before joining the HEAT full-time in 1995. He is certifi ed by the National
Athletic Trainers Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association,
National Academy of Sports Medicine and licensed by the State of Florida
Department of Health.
Sabol enjoys fi shing and boating in his free time.
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Eric Foran enters his eighth season with the HEAT
and second as Head Strength & Conditioning Coach.
He is responsible for creating and implementing
training programs that optimize player performance
on the court. Whether it be through weight training,
conditioning or the use of nutrition programs, Foran has helped HEAT players
experience physical transformations and routinely has the entire team in
Foran fi rst joined the HEAT as the Strength & Conditioning Intern for the
2012-13 season. After two seasons, he was promoted to Assistant Strength
& Conditioning Coach, a role he fulfi lled for three seasons before being
elevated to Director of Strength & Conditioning prior to the 2017-18 season.
Foran holds a master’s degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from
the University of Florida. He is a certifi ed Strength & Conditioning Specialist
and a certifi ed USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach.
Foran resides in Pembroke Pines with his wife Jackie.