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Former Celtics Coach Joins NKU Men's Basketball Staff

Northern Kentucky University men's basketball coach John Brannen has added new assistant Ronald Nored to the Norse program. Nored worked as a skills-development assistant to Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. The Celtics were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a four-game sweep in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Nored played for Stevens at Butler as the team's point guard and led the team to back-to-back National Championship games before Stevens left for the NBA.

Brannen was introduced in early April as the replacement for previous head coach Dave Bezold. He said then that it would take time to evaluate who would fill out the rest of his staff. Nored is the first official announcement of an assistant coach at NKU so far. Nored was one of Stevens' first hire in Boston after taking over the job.

Stevens consistently praised Nored as a player who was a major component for those back-to-back final four teams. In late October, Stevens recalled his time recruiting Nored to Butler, noting that the guard “could not dribble, pass or shoot,” when he first recruited the guard. Nored's high school coach told Stevens then that Nored was the best leader and giver he had ever been around.

NKU has one more transitional season to NCAA Division I when they will become eligible to compete in the NCAA Tournament. The Norse were 13-17 and 7-7 in the Atlantic Sun Conference last season under Bezold. Brannen spent last season as the University of Alabama assistant coach and became the interim head coach after Anthony Grant was let go following the SEC Tournament. Brannen led the Crimson Tide to a first-round postseason win in the NIT before losing in the second round at University of Miami.

Written by Bryan Burke/Photo: Ronald Nored (AL.com)