(CBS) The Bulls have named Nate Loenser the head coach of their new D-League franchise, the Windy City Bulls.
Loenser previously served as the Bulls’ video coordinator, which included plenty of work on scouting breakdowns of opponents. Loenser came to Chicago when the Bulls hired Fred Hoiberg as coach in June 2015. Loenser previously served as the director of player development for two seasons at Iowa State under Hoiberg and was an assistant coach for six seasons at Southern Mississippi.
Loenser is an Iowa State graduate and was born with a partial left arm. That didn’t slow him down, as he played four sports — basketball, baseball, golf and football — in high school.
“Nate’s work ethic and knowledge of our player development program make him a great fit to be the head coach of the Windy City Bulls,” Bulls general manager Gar Forman said in a statement. “He has been involved in every aspect of basketball operations at both the collegiate and professional levels. The timing is perfect to apply his experience and skills in this new role.”
Additionally, the Bulls announced assistant general manager Brian Hagen will add to his duties the role of Windy City Bulls GM. He’s been a Bulls assistant GM for the past four seasons.
Jeff Feld will be the Windy City Bulls’ manager of basketball operations. He worked the past four seasons in the Cavaliers’ basketball operations department.
The Windy City Bulls will plays at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. They start play in November.