Nate Pomeday has been promoted to assistant basketball coach with the University of Minnesota, taking over the spot vacated when Dan McHale left for a head coaching position at Eastern Kentucky, a source confirmed to the Star Tribune on Thursday.

Evan Daniels of Scouthoops.com was the first to report the news.

Pomeday, who was hired as the director of basketball operations before last season, joins a three-man assistant staff at Minnesota that includes Ben Johnson and Kimani Young. The Northwestern graduate’s jump in status makes sense – prior to Minnesota, Pomeday spent six years as an assistant at Oregon State. With the Beavers, he was involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scouting and game-planning but focused on working with the guard corps.

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