Fred Hoiberg adds another assistant to his coaching staff with Nate Loenser. Nate had previously coached with Fred at both Chicago and Iowa State during Hoibergs last two coaching stops.
From the Athletic Department’s press release:
“This is the third time I had a chance to add Nate to my staff and believe that he is the best player development guy I have worked with,” Hoiberg said. “He was a valuable member of our staff that won a pair of Big 12 Tournament titles in Ames. In Chicago, he did a remarkable job with our G League team in its first season, as we had more than a dozen players recalled or sign with other NBA teams. He has earned the respect of players around the league because of his ability to relate with players, and to help them reach their goals. We are pleased to welcome Nate and his family to Lincoln.”
Prior to joining the Bulls’ coaching staff, he was the head coach of the Windy City Bulls D-League team in 2016-17. He guided the expansion franchise to a 23-27 record, which was the best of the three expansion franchises that season, while developing players such as Spencer Dinwiddie, Jake Layman and Bobby Portis.
Loenser spent two years on Hoiberg’s Iowa State staff and was a key component in helping the Cyclones to a pair of Big 12 Tournament titles. He was the Cyclones’ Director of Player Development in 2014-15, as ISU went 25-9 and tied for second in the Big 12. That season, Georges Niang earned All-America honors, while Niang, Monté Morris and Jameel McKay were recognized on the All-Big 12 teams. McKay was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Loenser will replace coach Doc Sadler as an assistant on the team. Doc will now move to the special assistant to the head coach. A position that former assistant bobby Lutz held before he left the program to pursue other opportunities.
Nate seems to be a well respected coach that will bring some very nice player development and scouting to the program. We welcome coach Loesner to Nebraska and look forward to his time with Fred and the men’s basketball squad.