Former NBA Player Brandon Roy Named Naismith National High School Coach of The Year

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Former Portland Trail Blazers SF Brandon Roy was named the Naismith National High School Coach of the Year on Monday, after he led Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School to an undefeated 29-0 championship season.

Even more impressive is that Nathan Hale finished just 3-18 last season and had been through five different coaches in five years before Brandon Roy showed up.

“Michael was the leader of a talented team which worked hard and never lost sight of their end goal—a perfect season and winning a state title,” Eric Oberman, the executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club, said. “Coach Roy was the steady guidance who motivated this team to improve every single game, and ultimately they both were rewarded by winning Naismith awards.”

Roy, now 32, played six NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 18.8 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds in his career. Chronic knee issues eventually forced him out of the league.

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