Nate Pomeday is in his third season with the Golden Gophers and 13th season overall in college basketball. He was named assistant coach in May 2015 following one season at Minnesota as the director of basketball operations.
Pomeday was responsible for the development of a young core of post players in his second season at Minnesota. Freshman power forward Jordan Murphy, the Gophers’ first Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection in 11 years, finished the season with nine double-double games which tied him for first in the conference. Pomeday’s recruiting effforts were helpful in Minnesota gaining a nationally ranked recruiting class in 2016.
Pomeday came to the Twin Cities following a six-year stint as assistant coach at Oregon State. He helped lead the Beavers to three postseason tournament berths, five nationally-ranked recruiting classes and several marquee victories.
At Oregon State, Pomeday assisted in all aspects of the program, including national and international recruiting, scouting reports, game plans, practices and working with community and booster clubs. He worked primarily with the guards at practice and helped in their development on and off the court. Jared Cunningham, at the conclusion of his junior year, become the first Oregon State player drafted in the NBA in 14 years when he was the 24th overall selection in the 2012 draft. Cunningham was named All Pac-12 First team as junior and Second team as a sophomore. He also led the PAC-12 in steals in back to back seasons. Roberto Nelson, under Pomeday’s guidance, led the PAC 12 Conference in scoring his junior and senior year. Nelson was a named to the PAC-12 Second team in 2014. He finished as Oregon State’s fourth all time leading scorer. In 2010, Pomeday’s second season at OSU, Seth Tarver was named the PAC 10 Defensive Player of the Year while leading the league in steals and Calvin Haynes was named All Pac 10 Second team.
While at OSU, Pomeday contributed to five nationally ranked recruiting classes. He was involved in the recruitment of Cunningham as well as Gary Payton II who starred at OSU 2014-16. Pomeday was the lead recruiter with NYC native Devon Collier who finished Top 10 in OSU history in points and rebounds, Chicago native Ahmad Starks who is still OSU’s all time 3pt shots made, Hallice Cooke of New Jersey who was PAC 12 All frosh honorable mention. Pomeday also utilized his extensive international contacts to recruit Australian natives Angus Brandt and Rhys Murphy. Brandt is 7th in OSU history in games played including 42 double-digit scoring games. He was also named All Pac-12 Academic First Team. Current OSU players, Senegalese native Daniel Gomis and Malcolm Duvivier from Toronto Canada, were also brought to OSU through Pomeday’s efforts.
Prior to joining Oregon State, Pomeday served as Assistant Dean of Admission and Assistant Coach at Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy while earning a Masters of Science in Sports Administration at Northwestern University. In three seasons at Lake Forest Academy, Pomeday helped several members of the program to receive Division I men's basketball scholarships.
Before Lake Forest Academy, Pomeday served as the head coach at Calumet College (Ind.) of St. Joseph, where he was the head coach for four seasons. When he was named the head coach for the start-up NAIA Division II program in August 2000, Pomeday was the youngest men's head college basketball coach in the nation.
His additional coaching experience includes working with the AAU program Full Package Athletics, Inc., where Pomeday served as the Director of Basketball Operations for two years and served as the head coach for the Under-17 AAU team.
Pomeday attended Northwestern University where he was a standout guard for the Wildcats for four seasons (1995-99) and received his bachelor's degree in communications in 1999 and a master's degree in sports administration in 2008. In addition, he spent four seasons as the color commentator for the NU men's basketball program on WGN Radio.
Pomeday, and his wife Heidi, who works as Compliance Director of Government Medicare at Prime Therapeutics, have been married 11 years and have two girls, Everley (4) and Ailani (1). The family resides in Minneapolis.
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