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Toronto Raptors

Who is Nick Nurse? Fast facts on Raptors' new head coach

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Nick Nurse (Getty Images)

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse will be promoted to the team's vacant head coaching position, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Here are some facts about the ninth head coach in franchise history:

Background

Nurse, a native of Carroll, Iowa, was a guard at the University of Northern Iowa from 1985-89. Following his playing career, he became an assistant at UNI for the 1989-90 season.

International pedigree

Since serving as an assistant at his alma mater, Nurse has made a number of coaching stops. From 1995-2006, Nurse coached a number of European teams, most of which were in the British Basketball League.

He was named the BBL Coach of the year for the 1999-00 and 2003-04 seasons.

G League success

Iowa Energy

After a successful BBL coaching career, Nurse was hired to be the head coach of the NBA D-League's Iowa Energy in 2007. In four seasons coaching the Energy, Nurse held a head coaching record of 124-76.

In his final season as the Energy's head coach, Nurse was named Coach of the Year and would go on to lead the team to its lone D-League championship.

Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Nurse was hired as the head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2011. After a disappointing first season with the Vipers, Nurse led the team to a 35-15 record and a league championship in 2013.

In each of his two seasons as the Vipers' head coach, the team led the D-League in 3-point attempts per game. He was hired as an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors after leading the Vipers to a title.

Raptors impact

Dwane Casey added Nurse to his staff ahead of his third season as the team's head coach.

In the five seasons that Nurse was a member of Casey's staff, the team went 263-147 and made five-consecutive postseason appearances. Nurse has received credit for revamping the Raptors offence in the 2017-18 season, resulting in a franchise-best 59 wins.

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