What was rumored become reality on Friday as Nebraska announced that director of player relations and development Ali Farokhmanesh is leaving the program to accept an assistant coaching job at Drake University. He joins the staff of newly hired head coach Niko Medved, who served as an assistant under Tim Miles at Colorado State.
“It is with mixed emotions that I will be leaving the University of Nebraska to accept an assistant coaching position at Drake University,” Farokhmanesh said. “I want to thank Coach Miles for the incredible opportunity to be a part of Husker basketball. It has been an honor to work with Shawn Eichorst and Marc Boehm, who have allowed me to be a part of a very special university and athletic department. I will always be grateful for the experience of working with Coach Miles and his staff. Under their leadership and trust, I have grown as a person and as a coach. I have had a remarkable three years at Nebraska with some very special student-athletes, and I will cherish those relationships. This program will go on to do great things.”
Farokhmanesh, an NCAA Tournament hero as a player at Northern Iowa, joined the Huskers’ program three years ago. He spent his first two years as a graduate manager before being promoted to a director position.
“I’m excited for Ali to join my good friend Niko Medved at Drake,” Miles said. “He’s been a tremendous asset to our program for the past three years. We will miss him, his wife Mallory and son Tai as they will always be part of our Husker Family, but it is great to see him get the chance to get on the floor (to coach) and on the road (to recruit). I have no doubt he will do a tremendous job for Drake basketball!”
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.