We told you assistant coach Sean Sweeney was a rising star in the Nets coaching ranks. Now, we read that he'll be the summer league coach of the Nets entry in the Orlando Summer League.
The coach of the Nets summer league team will be the youngest member of the assistant staff, Sean Sweeney.— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) June 26, 2014
Sweeney, who had worked as the Nets video coordinator for two years, was quietly promoted to assistant coach/video mid-season. The promotion took place in January without any announcement. He is known as a confidante of Jason Kidd and sits behind him on the bench.
His charges in Orlando are likely to include the team's three youngest roster players from last year, Mason Plumlee, Marquis Teague and Jorge Gutierrez, as well as the Nets three picks from Thursday night, Markel Brown, Xavier Thames and Cory Jefferson. At least three other players have been invited: Adonis Thomas, who starred at Springfield, 6'9" shooting forward Nick Minnerath and journeyman shooting guard Michael Jenkins.
Sweeney, 29, joined the Nets in December 2011 as an assistant video coordinator. He was hired from the University of Northern Iowa, where he had been video coordinator. Prior to that he'd been assistant basketball coach at both Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Cambridge, MN and the University of Arts in San Francisco.
For two years, he had been an assistant coach and director of basketball operations at Evansville University in Indiana, where he also taught "Coaching Basketball". He played basketball at St. Thomas University in St. Paul where he was starting point guard and captain of the team. He has written a book, "The 101 Plays of The Playoffs"
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