Medved Bringing Drake Assistants With Him to CSU
Niko Medved, a former Colorado State assistant who has been hired to be the new head coach of the Rams, is expected to bring two members of staff at Drake with him. According to an inside source with direct knowledge of the situation, Medved will be bringing Drake assistant coaches Ali Farokhmanesh and JR Blount to work on his staff as well.
Farokhmanesh was hired by Medved on April 28, 2017 and spent one season working on the Bulldogs staff.
Prior to that, he worked for former CSU head coach Tim Miles at Nebraska for three seasons. Farokhmanesh oversaw the off-the court responsibilities of the student-athletes including the implementation of mentoring programs and community outreach. He also directed recruiting operations and set up recruiting visits.
Blount has worked at Drake since 2014, serving as the director of basketball operations for two seasons before being promoted to assistant coach in 2016. In a 2017 press release through the school, Medved praised Blount.
“JR is clearly a rising star in the profession,” Medved said. “He has a great reputation and is an aggressive coach with a great work ethic that connects well with players, both on and off the court. He’s going to be a huge asset for us moving forward.”
Before his time at Drake, Blount was an assistant coach and was ultimately promoted to associate head coach at Saint Leo University in Lakeland, Fl.
It is unknown at this time if Medved will keep any of the current CSU assistants on his staff. Medved did coach current CSU assistant Pierce Hornung for his entire collegiate career though.
Medved also coached current Nebraska assistant and former CSU hoopster Dorian Green. Green worked with Medved during the 2013-14 season at Furman University.