June 30, 2010
WACO, Texas - Baylor head men's basketball coach Scott Drew announced Wednesday the hiring of Jared Nuness (pronounced Nu-ness) as director of video and operations and Sam Patterson as video coordinator.
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 (2004-06) and head coach at Bloomington's (Minn.) John F. Kennedy High School (2007-10). He was 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 also worked for several years as a special education teacher and skills tutor at both Hopkins and Kennedy High Schools.
The Minnesota native played for the Valparaiso Crusaders under legendary head coach Homer Drew, Baylor head coach Scott Drew and current Baylor assistant Mark Morefield. 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' Sweet 16 team in 1998.
"Coaches always love hiring past players because they know what is expected of them," Drew said. "Jared was an outstanding player at Valparaiso and helped lead the Crusaders to the Sweet 16. He has been a successful coach following his basketball career.
"He's a very hard worker, outstanding with people and comes from a great family," Drew said. "We are certainly excited to have him join our Baylor staff."
Patterson has been instrumental in Baylor's rise to national prominence, having spent six years on the staff as a student manager then as a graduate assistant. He began as a student manager during the 2004-05 season and ascended to head manager prior to the 2006-07 campaign. Upon graduating with his bachelor's degree in sociology in 2008, he was named graduate assistant, taking charge of film exchange and leading in the coordination and breakdown of video. The San Antonio, Texas, native received his master's degree in sport management this past May.
"Sam has been a part of our program for six years and has done an outstanding job," Drew said. "He's been a big reason why we've been able to achieve our level of success here and we're glad he'll continue to be part of the Baylor basketball program."