Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the addition of Nate James to the coaching staff on Tuesday, May 6. The Washington, D.C., native fills the opening created when associate head coach Johnny Dawkins took the head coaching job at Stanford in late April. James joins the staff as an assistant coach after serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach last season.
“Nate is a great addition to our staff,” said Krzyzewski. “He was a valuable member of our program as a player and will be an asset as an assistant coach. His maturity, toughness and dedication to Duke will blend well with the current staff we have in place. I look forward to watching Nate develop and prosper in this role.”
James, a 2001 Duke graduate, scored 1,116 career points as a member of the program from 1996-2001. He helped the Blue Devils to a 71-9 ACC regular season record and is the only player in ACC history with five straight regular season conference titles (he redshirted in 1998 after playing in six games). James, a two-time team captain, played on a pair of Final Four teams, including Duke’s 2001 National Championship squad. As a senior, James averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while helping the Blue Devils to a 35-4 record.
James, an All-ACC and ACC All-Defensive team selection in 2001, played professionally in the United States and overseas from 2002-2007. After being named the Carolinas Basketball League Most Valuable Player in 2003, James spent various parts of the next five seasons playing in the Bosnia, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Poland and Russia. He was also with the Philadelphia 76ers during their training camp in 2004.
Krzyzewski also announced assistant coaches Steve Wojciechowski and Chris Collins will be promoted to associate head coaches.
“I am excited about the staff we have put together,“ said Krzyzewski. “Steve [Wojciechowski] and Chris [Collins] are outstanding coaches. They are both well deserving and prepared for their new roles.”
Wojciechowski joined the staff for the 1999-2000 season and has helped Duke to six league titles, the 2001 National Championship and a 261-53 record. Collins has been a member of the staff for the past eight seasons with the Blue Devils compiling a 232-48 record, five ACC Tournament championships, four in-season tournament titles and the 2001 National Championship.
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Congrats to Nat and to Wojo and Chris on their promotions!
Interesting that a D.C. guy replaces a D.C. guy.
Wow. I thought maybe Wojo would be named asscociate coach but was totally surprised to hear both Wojo and Collins got the promotion.
That's bigger news than James being named.
Anyone have an idea what our assistants are paid? (and, would Wojo and Chris get raises now?)
Will there be a press conference to (re)introduce Nate? Also, on a side note, does anyone know whether Carrawell will remain in his current position, or is he going to take on Nate's previous role?
What gives you the impression that wojo is "above" chris in the hierarchy?
Ozzie, your paradigm of optimism!
Go To Hell carolina, Go To Hell!
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Stanford is a really good gig for a promising assistant coach. It's just that the Duke staff is a special situation.
'Now at least we won't have to hear the canard that point guard Krzyzewski is surrounded on the bench by three PGs who played for him. As Bilas joked in reference to JD, "If you are a point guard, aren't you supposed to pass the ball sometimes?" And Collins a PG, are you kidding me?'
Will Nate be working with a particular position (guards, post players)? Didn't know if the roles would shift since Wojo and Collins are now associate head coaches.
But on the other hand, how much of a bad*** can you be when during your summer camp at Durham Academy you literally pick up an injured 11 year old, carry him to the sideline, and ice his knee for him? Or get ice water and gatorade for parents in the incredibly hot gym? Or treat each kid, ranging in age from about 8 to 18, as if they were your own little brother? Having had a chance to watch him when my son was at his camp I'd have to say he is about the nicest bad*** you'll ever find.
I knew that Nata was a badass, but I didn't realize that he had even played in Bosnia. No matter what, I am sure that we will never be outrebounded by 20 again.
Believe me: Nate and Olek Czyz are going to be a match made in heaven. Though we lose Markie, our badass factor could start going up exponentially.