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Former UNI men’s basketball guard Nick Nurse was announced as the head coach of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers on June 1, 2023. He inherits a Philadelphia team that won 54 regular season games this past campaign as all-star forward/center Joel Embid won league MVP honors. 

The 2019-20 NBA Coach of the Year, Nurse owns a wealth of coaching experience in the NBA, the NBA G-League and multiple professional leagues in Europe. In five seasons as an NBA head coach with Toronto, Nurse compiled a record of 227-163, giving him a .582 winning percentage, the best of any coach in that franchise’s history. He also guided Toronto to its first NBA title, leading the Raptors to victory over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals.