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Nick Nurse confirmed as Toronto Raptors coach

Two-time BBL Coach of the Year Nick Nurse has been confirmed as the new head coach of Toronto Raptors in the NBA.

Nurse claimed the end-of-year award in 2000 and 2004 following successful seasons at Manchester Giants and Brighton Bears having also coached Derby Storm, Birmingham Bullets and London Towers during his time in the BBL, which began in the 1990-91 season.

The Iowa native also had a spell as Great Britain’s Senior Men’s assistant coach and now makes the step up to a head coach role in the NBA after five years as an assistant at Toronto.

Did you know?

  • Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri first encountered Nick Nurse in 1995 – Ujiri was playing for Derby Storm against Birmingham Bullets for whom Nurse was a coach.
  • Nurse becomes the ninth head coach in Raptors history.
  • Nurse was given his first head coaching position at Grand View College at just 23.
  • Nurse won G League coach of the year (2010-11) and remains the only coach to lead two teams to an NBA G League Championship – Iowa (2011) and Rio Grande (2013).

Coaching History

1989–1990 Northern Iowa (assistant)
1990–1991 Derby Storm (player-coach)
1991–1993 Grand View
1993–1995 South Dakota (assistant)
1995–1997 Birmingham Bullets
1998 Telindus Oostende
1998–2000 Manchester Giants
2000–2001 London Towers
2001 Oklahoma Storm (assistant)
2001–2006 Brighton Bears
2005 Oklahoma Storm (assistant)
2007–2011 Iowa Energy
2011–2013 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2013–2018 Toronto Raptors (assistant)
2018–present Toronto Raptors

Image: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Source: BBL / NBA

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