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Former CMU player Nate Minnoy carving out coaching career
Former Central Michigan University men's basketball player Nate Minnoy, now an assistant coach at Shepherd High School, gives instructions to players during a Jan. 21, 2014 game versus Bullock Creek. (Sun photo by SKIP TRAYNOR)
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After being such a force in Illinois preps basketball that he was named to that state’s all-decade third team by ESPN.com, Minnoy first made his way to Purdue where he averaged 10.2 points per game during the 2005-06 season before tearing his MCL early in the Big Ten Conference docket.
The 6-foot-4 and extremely powerful guard/forward proceeded to transfer to Schoolcraft College where he put up ridiculous numbers of 22 points and 11 boards per game, helping to lead the Ocelots to a NJCAA national runner-up finish.
That strong season helped Minnoy gain a scholarship at Central Michigan under then-coach Ernie Zeigler, where he put in 8.8 points per game but eventually his minutes began to decrease and he transferred yet again.
Minnoy finished his college basketball career at NAIA’s Lee University, where he played 17 games in 2008-09 and averaged 8.9 points along with 5.5 boards.
Once his basketball playing career concluded, Minnoy found his way back to mid-Michigan.
Minnoy is now back in Mount Pleasant, having returned to Central Michigan where he is going after his degree in sports management.
He has also put his hat in the coaching field, where he is the head coach for the CMU club team and this season became an assistant coach with the Shepherd High School varsity team.
“I had a kid which is what really made me stick around here the second time,” Minnoy said. “I wanted to be involved in his life and that has worked out. From a coaching aspect, I wanted to get involved with that and it’s been very rewarding so far. I’m just trying to be a good parent and a good coach.”
With his focus on trying to get into some form of coaching heading into the winter basketball season, Minnoy planned on calling around the area to various high school coaches to see if they needed help.
As it turned out, Minnoy only had to make one phone call.
“Ryan Huber at Shepherd was the first person I called,” Minnoy said. “He told me to come meet him that same day at 2:30 right after class. That’s how it all started.”
Through half the season, he has been a huge asset to the coaching staff according to Huber.
“He has a lot of basketball knowledge having played for a couple of Division I programs and has been a nice addition to our staff here,” Huber said.
Shepherd has scuffled a bit so far with a 3-6 record, but holding second half leads has been the biggest issue and all the problem areas are correctable.
Minnoy is trying to play his part in helping to correct those areas of concern.
“We just want to play our style of basketball,” Minnoy said. “Coach Huber does a great job of allowing the kids to play to their strengths and making a game plan around those strengths. We have some young guys and it’s a learning experience for these guys.”
In the future, Minnoy has his sights set on coaching college basketball.
“I have a lot of friends at Central and it’s my fourth year coaching the club team,” Minnoy added. “I want to see those guys through from their freshman through senior year. The whole high school assistant thing is new to me and I’m gaining a lot of knowledge from coach Huber which will benefit me greatly as I continue my coaching career.”
Last Updated: 1/27/2014 4:00:37 PM EST