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Ronald Nored named head coach of D-League Long Island Nets

Ronald Nored #5 of the Butler Bulldogs

Ronald Nored #5 of the Butler Bulldogs dribbles upcourt during game against VCU during the national semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Andy Lyons

Former Butler star Ronald Nored has been named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets’ new NBA Development League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, the Nets announced on Friday.

Nored was most recently with the Boston Celtics from 2013-15, serving as a player development coach for the Celtics and an assistant coach for their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. Nored played for Celtics coach Brad Stevens at Butler and then coached under Stevens in Boston.

“We are excited to welcome Ronald as head coach of the Long Island Nets,” Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. “Ronald is a bright young mind in our game whose experience under Brad Stevens as both a player and a coach, as well as his ability to connect with today’s players, have prepared him for this role. His commitment to player development, along with his enthusiasm and passion for the game, are aligned with the vision we have for both the Brooklyn and Long Island Nets.”

Nored, who graduated from Butler in 2012, was a member of the Bulldogs teams that made two consecutive national title games in 2010 and 2011. He was a two-time Horizon League defensive player of the year.

Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said last month that the Long Island Nets will begin play in the renovated Nassau Coliseum in the fall of 2017. The Long Island Nets will play their inaugural 2016-17 season at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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