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Long Island Nets’ Ronald Nored named Team USA assistant coach


Ronald Nored, the Long Island Nets 28-year-old head coach, has been named an assistant coach for Team USA’s World Cup Qualifying Games this summer. He and former Georgetown University head coach John Thompson III will assist Jeff Van Gundy at the in June/July and September.

Nored, who went to the NCAA Finals twice with Brad Stevens’ Butler team, has been Long Island’s head coach since the team joined the G-League two years ago. Nored, who worked under Stevens in Boston, was one of Sean Marks’ first hires.

“It is exciting to add a new voice and perspective from a young and promising coach in Ronald,” said Van Gundy, of Nored who is fast gaining a reputation as one of the G-League’s best basketball minds.

“I don’t think I can overstate how honored I am to be able to have this appointment under coach Van Gundy and to represent the United States,” said Nored. “I think for me this is a dream come true. Not only to represent my country, but also to work under such an esteemed coach. I know I’ll be challenged and I’ll learn a lot, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Said Marks, “Being part of the USA Basketball program is a tremendous opportunity and honor for Ronald. He is a bright young basketball mind and working alongside Jeff will be an invaluable experience in his continued growth as a coach.”

In 2017-18, his second season at the helm of the G League Nets, Nored led Long Island to a 27-23 record, which was a 10-win improvement on 2016-17. As Long Island Nets coach, Nored has been credited with the development of Milton Doyle, one of the Nets two-way players and the improvement of Isaiah Whitehead who spent much of last season playing with Long Island.

Before joining the Nets, Nored spent two seasons (2013-15) with the Celtics organization, splitting time in his first season as a player development coach for the Celtics, while also serving as an assistant coach for their G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. Prior to the 2014-15 season, he was named by Boston as player development director, where he took the lead organizational role for the players’ off-court development, in addition to his on-court coaching duties.

He also served one season (2015-16) as an assistant coach at Northern Kentucky University and was the head coach at Brownsburg High School (Butler teammate Gordan Hayward’s alma mater) for one season.

The United States is scheduled to conclude the third and final first-round window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying play by facing Group C opponents Mexico on June 28 in Mexico City, and Cuba on July 1 in Havana.

Already assured of being one of the three teams from its first-round group to advance to the FIBA World Cup Qualifying second round, Nored and Thompson also will assist Van Gundy during the USA’s first two second-round games, which will be held Sept. 13-17, 2018.