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One of Vancouver Island’s most well-known Sports Hall of Famers has secured his first position as a head coach in the NBA, as announced by the Brooklyn Nets Thursday morning.

Former point guard Steve Nash has signed a four-year contract to become the next coach of the Brooklyn Nets, officially making the leap to head coaching for the first time since his retirement.

Nash remains a legend in both the Canadian basketball scene and Vancouver Island sports, calling Victoria home for many years.

After attending St. Michaels University School, Nash spent 18 years playing in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, respectively.

The 46 year-old former basketball star comes with no coaching experience, but brings a strong relationship with Nets player Kevin Durant from when Nash was a consultant role for the Golden State Warriors.

“I am honored to have this opportunity with such a first-class organization and would like to thank Sean, Joe and his wife, Clara, for having faith in my ability to lead this team forward,” said Nash in a statement released by the Nets.

“Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right, and I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn. I am as excited about the prospects of the team on the court as I am about moving to Brooklyn with my family and becoming impactful members of this community.”

Steve Nash was formally inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018, and also remains a two-time NBA MVP.

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