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Nets stay inside in replacing trainer, hire Sebastien Poirier

Oklahoma City Thunder

Sebastien Poirier, the Nets assistant trainer for past two years, has been promoted to head trainer, replacing Lloyd Beckett, who returned to his home state of Maine for family reasons.

The Nets have not announced the move, but Poirier is identified as the Nets head trainer on both LinkedIn and the National Basketball Athletic Trainers’ Association website.

Poirier joined the Nets in 2016 as assistant trainer and physical therapist, coming to Brooklyn from Oklahoma City. He will retain the physical therapist role in his new job.

Here’s how he’s described on the NBATA site.

Sebastien has gained experience in a wide variety of sports medicine settings, including outpatient orthopaedic rehabilitation and professional athletics. He started as a volunteer with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League in 2012 while he worked in private practice orthopedics as a physical therapist. He then began working with the Oklahoma City Thunder as an assistant to the Thunder medical staff and head athletic trainer of the organizations G-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue.

Poirier earned a Bachelor of Science in athletic training from Salem State University and a Doctorate in Physical therapy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is a dual-licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer in addition to being a board certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the APTA and a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA. Sebastien is currently pursuing his fellowship in orthopedic manual therapy.

The Nets will also have to fill the head coaching slot in Long Island. Ronald Nored who has been head coach of the G-League team, has taken a job as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets, working with newly hired head coach James Borrego.

The Pistons have also been talking to Trajan Langdon, the Nets assistant GM, about their vacant general manager’s job. No word on when that decision will come. It had been expected at the end of the week.