Bob Nash has been named the Saitama Broncos’ third head coach in as many seasons, the bj-league team announced on Sunday. He accepted a one-year contract.
Terms of the contract were undisclosed.
A former NBA player with the Detroit Pistons and Kansas City Kings in the 1970s and a longtime University of Hawaii assistant coach, Nash served as the Rainbows’ head coach for the past three seasons.
He was fired after in March after the Western Athletic Conference school had a disappointing 10-20 season. Nash had a 34-56 overall record as UH’s bench boss, taking over for Riley Wallace, the Rainbows’ 20-year head coach, in 2007 after a 23-year stint as the team’s assistant coach.
In his first season as Hawaii’s head coach, Nash’s team went 11-19, followed by a 13-17 mark in 2008-09.
Nash, who turns 60 in August, was expected to be named the Osaka Evessa’s new head coach, replacing Kensaku Tennichi, who guided the team to a trio of titles in the league’s first three seasons.
Nash’s son, Bobby, a guard who played college ball at the University of Hawaii, suited up for the Shiga Lakestars in 2008-09 and for part of the 2009-10 season. He was released in early March.
The Broncos are coming off a 17-35 season under fired coach Masato Fukushima, tying the Toyama Grouses for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Saitama has failed to qualify for postseason play in each of the bj-league’s five seasons. In fact, the Broncos have the worst overall record (79-149, or 34.6 winning percentage) of any of the league’s six original teams since play began in the fall of 2005.
Now, Nash looks to usher in a new successful era of Broncos basketball. In a statement released by the team, Nash said Saitama’s loyal boosters are an important component of the team’s foundation. He also said the team needs to add athletic players to build a stronger roster for the coming season.