Gopher Assistant Nate Pomeday Takes New Position with American Athletic Conference

Minnesota assistant coach Nate Pomeday resigned from his position yesterday to become the new associate commissioner for men’s basketball of the American Athletic Conference

Minnesota assistant coach Nate Pomeday resigned from his position yesterday to become the new associate commissioner for men’s basketball of the American Athletic Conference.  Pomeday had been at Minnesota for the past two seasons. 

Pomeday was a well-liked member of the coaching fraternity and Minnesota staff. Pomeday first started recruiting Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and the entire Midwest during his six years as an assistant coach at Oregon State. High School and AAU coaches have had all great things to say about Pomeday’s character and personality.

Pomeday in return will also miss the University of Minnesota.  Nate told GI yesterday “I’m going to miss the great supporters of the University of Minnesota.  Especially going to miss the coaches and the players.  They will be very good this year too!”

Just over a year ago Dan McHale left Minnesota to take over as head coach of Eastern Kentucky.  After one year as Director of Basketball Operations Pomeday moved into an assistant coaching role for the Gophers. 

Richard Pitino’s three man assistant coaching staff will continue to have Ben Johnson and Kimani Young as it has from day one but the third assistant job will need to be filled for the third time since Pitino was hired.

What hole does Pomeday leave behind?  For one he’s a high character person so Pitino needs a person that will represent the University well in this regard.  As far as recruiting goes Pomeday was the main person recruiting Wisconsin, he was a guy watching much of Illinois, and he was into other areas like International recruits.

Pomeday was the person following center Jacob Epperson close.  The Gophers offered Epperson and the connection there was Pomeday knowing Epperson’s coach as he recruited him to Oregon State years back.  Wabissa Bede also told GI that he had built a good relationship with Pomeday and Minnesota is in his top five. 

Lastly, Pomeday has a strong connection to Wisconsin players and coaches and was the driving force in the recruitment of 2018 point guard Jordan McCabe as well as several 2018 and 2019 Wisconsin talents.

As of right now Minnesota has not heard of who the Gophers will be bringing on to their staff but it’s now mid-August and with the players coming back to campus in about three or four weeks Pitino will need to act quickly.  

Could the Gophers move up the Director of Basketball Operations? That’s Ryan Livingston who has been in his position for a year after being the special assistant to the head coach at Villanova.  So at this point Livingston doesn’t have any experience as an assistant coach at this level although he was an assistant at Eastern University in Pennsylvania for seven years. 

Back to Pomeday, Nate represented the University of Minnesota well and was well respected.  We at GI wish Pomeday well as he moves on in the basketball profession. Here is the release from the AAC Conference announcing his addition to their staff: 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –  Commissioner Mike Aresco announced today the hiring of Nate Pomeday, a 13-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, as associate commissioner for men’s basketball. Pomeday joins the American Athletic Conference after spending the past two seasons on the University of Minnesota men’s basketball staff.

Pomeday will be The American’s primary administrator and contact for all men’s basketball initiatives and programs, including scheduling, officiating, operations and NCAA basketball relationships. As the commissioner’s liaison to the conference’s 11 men’s basketball programs, he will work closely with administrators and coaches from each of The American’s institutions. He also will supervise the annual men’s basketball championship.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Nate to our Conference, he will be an outstanding addition to our senior staff and I know that our schools will enjoy working with him.” said Aresco. “His experience as a coach and administrator will enormously benefit our basketball operations as we pursue exciting new initiatives.”

Pomeday most recently was a member of the Golden Gophers’ men’s basketball staff, serving as an assistant coach during the 2015-16 campaign and as director of basketball operations in 2014-15. While an assistant coach this past season, he was responsible for the development of Minnesota’s post players and mentored power forward Jordan Murphy, who was named to the 2016 Big Ten All-Freshman Team. He also played a significant role in the Golden Gophers’ national recruiting efforts.

Prior to his arrival at Minnesota, he served a six-year stint as an assistant coach at Oregon State University (2008-14) where he helped lead the Beavers to three postseason tournament berths and coordinated the program’s recruiting efforts. On five occasions during his tenure Oregon State’s recruiting classes were nationally ranked. Pomeday primarily worked with the Beaver guards and oversaw the development of Jared Cunningham, the first Oregon State player drafted in the NBA in 14 years when he was the 24th overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Pomeday also served as assistant dean of admission (2006-08) and assistant boy’s basketball coach (2005-08) at Lake Forest (Illinois) Academy while earning a master’s of science in sport administration from Northwestern University and graduating in June 2009.

His first stint in the collegiate coaching ranks came in August 2000 when he was named head coach and admission counselor at Calumet College of St. Joseph (Indiana), a position he held until July 2004. At the time, he was the youngest head basketball coach in the nation. Pomeday also worked with the AAU program Full Package Athletics, Inc., where he served as director of basketball operations for two years and head coach for the Under-17 AAU squad.

Pomeday was a standout guard at Northwestern University from 1995-99 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a concentration in history.

He and his wife, Heidi, have two daughters, Everley and Ailani.

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