Pitino hires Nate Pomeday as new director of basketball operations
July 30, 2014 — 6:10pm
Minnesota coach Richard Pitino shook up the staff a little on Wednesday, when he hired coaching veteran Nate Pomeday as the new director of basketball operations.
The former DOBO, Josh Adel, will stay on the staff as an assistant to the head coach, a role created for the move. A source said the shift is not a demotion, but simply a "re-shuffling" of duties.
Pomeday most recently served as an assistant at Oregon State for six years. During that time, the Beavers had five nationally ranked recruiting classes and sent Jared Cunningham (24th overall) to the NBA draft, making him the program's first in 14 years. Pomeday, a Northwestern graduate, also previously worked as an assistant at Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy and Calumet College (Ind.) of St. Josephs.
"We are extremely excited about the addition of Nate Pomeday to our staff," Pitino said in a press release. "He has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help us continue to grow as a basketball program.
As the new director of operations, Pomeday's main duties will involve setting the team's schedule.
Pomeday is the third DOBO Pitino has hired at Minnesota in his short tenure. Initially he hired Mike Balado from Florida International. Balado is currently an assistant at Louisville.
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