July 30, 2014
Veteran coach and former Big Ten player Nate Pomeday has been added to the Minnesota men's basketball staff, head coach Richard Pitino announced today. Pomeday, who most recently served as assistant coach at Oregon State, will join the Golden Gophers as the director of basketball operations.
"We are extremely excited about the addition of Nate Pomeday to our staff," Pitino said. "He has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help us continue to grow as a basketball program."
Pomeday comes to the Twin Cities following a six-year stint with the Beavers. He helped lead OSU 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 Jared Cunningham become the first Oregon State player drafted in the NBA in 14 years when he was the 24th overall selection in the 2012 draft.
Prior to joining Oregon State, Pomeday served as an assistant coach at Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy. In three seasons at Lake Forest Academy, Pomeday helped lead the squad to three straight Independent School League titles. Under his guidance, where he specialized in skill development for junior varsity and varsity basketball players, several members of the program went on to receive Division I men's basketball scholarships.
Before Lake Forest, 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 basketball coach in the nation.
His additional coaching experience includes working with 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 and received his bachelor's degree in communications and master's degree in sports administration. In addition, he spent four seasons as the color commentator for the men's basketball program on WGN Radio.
Josh Adel will remain with the staff as assistant to the head coach.
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