Charlotte Hornets: Assistant Ronald Nored a candidate for Vanderbilt job

Charlotte Hornets Ronald Nored (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Ronald Nored (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Ronald Nored, Assistant Coach for the Charlotte Hornets, is a candidate for the Head Coaching position at Vanderbilt University.

It’s March, so you know there’s always going to be news all around college basketball. However, some of that news involves Charlotte Hornets Assistant Coach Ronald Nored, who could be the next Head Coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores.

According to Evan Daniels, the Director of Basketball Recruiting at 247Sports, Nored is a name of interest in the Vanderbilt coaching search, along with Memphis Grizzlies assistant Jerry Stackhouse.

Nored is in his first season with the Hornets, as he had joined James Borrego‘s staff over the summer. He’s a former basketball player himself, and is only 29 years old, so he has a bright future in the coaching world.

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Prior to joining the Hornets, Nored was a coach on multiple different teams.

He was the Head Coach for Brownsburg High School in Indiana, and then joined his former Head Coach in college, Brad Stevens, when he took the Boston Celtics coaching job.

Nored also coached as Northern Kentucky University as an assistant, as well as the Long Island Nets, the Brooklyn Nets G-League affiliate, as a Head Coach. He has obviously gained a lot of experience in his time coaching.

During his time with the Long Island Nets, Nored finished with a record of 46-54. They had a nice turnaround during the 2017-18 season, securing eight more wins than they had in the previous season.

I mentioned earlier that Nored was a former player. He played at Butler University, and was actually teammates with Hornets guard Shelvin Mack and Celtics forward Gordon Hayward.

Nored played all four years at Butler, putting up averages of 5.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He was a solid role player on some very good Butler teams.

Landing the coaching gig at Vanderbilt would be awesome for Nored, but it will be tough to turn that program around. The Commodores went 0-18 in the SEC this season, and decided to fire their Head Coach, Bryce Drew, after the season was over.

Drew was a former player as well, and played for the Charlotte Hornets during the 2001-02 season.

The team had high hopes going into the season, adding two five-star recruits in Darius Garland and Simisola Shittu. Ultimately, Garland went down with a season-ending knee injury after just fives games played. He’s now headed to the NBA and is a likely lottery pick.

Shittu had a nice freshman campaign, averaging 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in 26.7 minutes, but overall, the team just didn’t have enough talent to truly compete in a difficult conference led by the likes of LSU, Kentucky and Tennessee.

While it’s great to see Nored is an option for the job, you can count on him being completely focused on the Hornets and making it into the playoffs. He’s been one of Borrego’s top assistants this season, and is an important piece to the coaching staff.

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If he gets the job, that’s great. If not, that’s fine. Regardless of what happens, Nored has a bright future as a coach and is certainly someone to keep your eye on moving forward.