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Since graduating from Valparaiso University in 2001, Nuness has served as an assistant basketball coach at Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) High School, head boys basketball coach at Minneapolis’ Park Center High School (2005-06) and head coach at Bloomington’s (Minn.) John F. Kennedy High School (2007-10). He was a camp director and coordinator for the University of Minnesota basketball camps for three years and another four years for NBA player Kris Humphries’ basketball camps.
He has also worked for several years as a special education teacher and skills tutor at both Hopkins and Kennedy High Schools.
The Eden Prairie, Minn., native played for the Valparaiso Crusaders under legendary head coach Homer Drew and Baylor head coach Scott Drew. Nuness, who was named Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year in 1997 ahead of former UConn All-American Khalid El-Amin, was a freshman on the Crusaders’ 1998 Sweet 16 team.
Nuness was a three-year starter (1994-97) at Hopkins High School and was a three-time all-conference and two-time all-state performer. In addition to being named Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year in 1997, he was named Minneapolis Metro Player of the Year and was Mr. Basketball runner-up.
He has one daughter, Jasmine.