This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Pitino hires Nate Pomeday as new director of basketball operations

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches, Gophers players Updated: July 30, 2014 - 3:53 PM

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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