Tuesday, May 12, 2015

John Brannen Completes Coaching Staff at Northern Kentucky

John Brannen has hired David Ragland, Ronald Nored and Sean Dwyer as assistant coaches to complete his staff at Northern Kentucky University.

Brannen has also hired former Northern Kentucky player Tony Rack as director of operations.

Here is a release from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky men's basketball head coach John Brannen has completed his staff, adding David Ragland, Ronald Nored and Sean Dwyer as assistant coaches and former NKU standout Tony Rack as director of operations.

"I am very excited about the staff we have assembled, and I belive these hires speak to the excitement level surrounding our athletics programs here at NKU," said Brannen. "Our focus during this search was to find intelligent and highly motivated coaches who want to be a part of the Northern Kentucky community. We are excited about getting started."

Most recently an assistant coach at Bowling Green, Ragland also spent four years as an assistant coach at Indiana State, two years as head coach at Vincennes University and three years as the assistant coach at Vincennes. In all five seasons at the Division I level, Ragland's teams have reached the postseason. This year's Bowling Green team earned a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). In his four seasons working with the Sycamores, Indiana State made appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2011), NIT (2013, 2014) and CIT (2012).

"Coach Ragland brings a wealth of experience at the Division I level, as well as an understanding of the region from a recruiting and coaching perspective," Brannen commented. "Our young men will feed off his energy and passion every day."

"I want to thank John Brannen, Ken Bothof and the NKU administration for the opportunity to be a part of the Norse family," commented Ragland. "The core values and progressive and energetic mindset of the leadership here at NKU is extremely exciting for the future of our programs.

"John's belief in creating a family environment, trust within the program and focus on skill development for our players will enforce the fact that NKU men's basketball will soon become special," Ragland continued. "I look forward to the process of creating a championship caliber program with Coach Brannen, our staff, players, University and community. Norse up!"

Nored comes to Northern Kentucky following a two-year stint with the Boston Celtics of the NBA, where he served as a player development assistant coach under current Celtics head coach and former Butler head coach Brad Stevens. A championship pedigree, which was forged during back-to-back appearances in the men's basketball NCAA Division I national championship game while a player for Stevens at Butler, follows Nored to Highland Heights, Kentucky. Nored and Co., lost to Duke in the 2010 title game and then fell to UConn in the 2011 championship. On the bench in Boston, he was vital to the success of the 2014-15 Celtics team, which reached the NBA East Division playoffs.

"Coach Nored has achieved tremendous success as a player and a coach during his career. His energy and knowledge will be a tremendous asset to the young men of NKU basketball, as well as our staff as a whole."

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that Coach Brannen has given me," commented Nored. "Being back in college basketball was a goal of mine. I couldn't be happier to join Coach Brannen and Norse Nation."

Complete Release

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Super hire by NKU when they got John Brannen. Brannen played at Morehead State for two years then transferred to Marshall where he finished his playing career.
Brannen has been a long-time assistant to Anthony Grant, both at VCU and Alabama.
NKU's move to the Horizon League is also a smart move. Atlantic Sun was not a good fit for them, both geographically and simply is not as good overall as the Horizon. NKU tried to get into the OVC a few years ago, but for some reason was turned away. They have a terrific new arena and now a quality coach and league. The OVC really blew it.
Good luck to John and NKU.


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