Nebraska basketball is reportedly losing assistant coach Ali Farokhmanesh.
As reported by Cody Goodwin of the Des Moines Register, Farokhmanesh is joining Drake’s coaching staff. The Bulldogs have a new head coach in Niko Medved.
Farokhmanesh was part of Nebraska coach Tim Miles’ staff for two seasons at Nebraska. During his playing days, Farokhmanesh hit one of the most iconic NCAA Tournament shots in recent history. Playing for Northern Iowa against No. 1 Kansas in the second round, Farokhmanesh’s 3-pointer in the final minute to help secure the upset.
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As an assistant with the Huskers, Farokhmanesh saw Kansas again, though this time at the Jayhawks’ Allen Fieldhouse.
Land of 10’s Chris Heady reported on Farokhmanesh’s visit to Kansas this past season. Nebraska lost to the Jayhawks, 89-72, but the shot wasn’t far from minds.
“You know, the shot: it doesn’t define me as a person,” Farokhmanesh said. “But I’m also not going to apologize for it.”
Medved comes to Drake after coaching at Furman the past four seasons. After going 9-21 his first season, Medved went 23-11 in 2016-17, including a spot in the CIT Semifinals.