Nick Nurse, NBA head coach of the Toronto Raptors and Siouxland native, is Bishop’s Dinner MVP of Sioux City | Local News

By | September 18, 2022

The primary in-person Bishop of Sioux Metropolis dinner for Catholic colleges since 2019 heralded the Saturday night time festivities on the South Sioux Metropolis Marriott Riverfront with an look from a Carroll, Iowa native and an expert caller.

Nick Nurse, head coach of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, was the keynote speaker on the occasion, which helps increase funds to assist cowl tuition for Catholic faculty kids in northwest Iowa.

Nick Nurse

Toronto Raptors NBA head coach Nick Nurse throughout a social hour earlier than the twenty sixth annual Bishop’s Dinner Saturday in Sioux Metropolis. The nurse grew up in Carroll, Iowa and attended faculty at Northern Iowa College.

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Though he has been teaching overseas for a number of years now, Nurse has stored a number of Siouxland natives in and across the Raptors group, together with graduates from Sioux Metropolis North and Buena Vista College.

“I can not get sufficient individuals from Iowa on my crew,” Nurse joked.

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Nurse himself graduated from Kuemper Catholic Excessive, in Carroll, Iowa in 1985 whereas main his faculty’s basketball crew to a state championship victory that very same 12 months. He performed faculty ball for the College of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls the place he averaged 7.2 factors per recreation as a guard and ended up with the varsity’s single-season report for a 3-point area purpose proportion (per sports activities reference).

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Submit-college transfer: Nurse grew to become the youngest faculty basketball coach within the nation when, at age 23, he accepted a place as head coach of the Grand View School Vikings in Des Moines. Nurse went on to educate the College of South Dakota Coyotes in Vermillion (as an assistant) and in Europe the place he gained 9 championships in 11 years.

In 2011, Nurse led NBA G-League Iowa Vitality (now Des Moines Iowa Wolves) to a championship. In 2013, he joined the Toronto Raptors teaching employees as an assistant earlier than being named head coach of the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation’s solely Canadian crew for the 2018-19 season. The Nurse’s Raptors, led by two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, gained all of it in his first 12 months.

In 2020, Nurse was named NBA Coach of the 12 months after guiding his crew to the playoffs and reaching the Jap Convention Semifinals within the NBA bubble.

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The Bishop of Sioux Metropolis’s Dinner for Catholic Colleges was the twenty sixth annual occasion and is billed as the biggest fundraiser to profit the 16 Catholic faculty methods and their greater than 5,800 college students in Northwestern L ‘Iowa.

Along with ticket gross sales, funds are raised for colleges by sponsorships.

The nurse was initially scheduled to talk on the 2020 occasion.

As the top coach of a high skilled sports activities crew, Nurse stated he felt like he had a platform to pay for his success, which he does by a basis.

“I am simply making an attempt to offer again to the neighborhood, that is all,” Nurse stated.

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Earlier than concluding his remarks on the social hour, Nurse introduced a Colorado Avalanche hockey jersey to Bishop R. Walker Nickless who oversees the Diocese of Sioux Metropolis. The jersey was for No. 35 Darcy Kuemper, the crew’s goaltender who is said to Kuemper Catholic’s namesake, Joseph Kuemper.

Nickless, who grew up in Denver, submitted his letter of resignation to Pope Francis in Could 2022, which is a compulsory motion within the Catholic Church as soon as a bishop turns 75. Pope Francis is unlikely to simply accept the resignation till a successor bishop is discovered for the Diocese.

Jared McNett is an internet editor and reporter for the Sioux Metropolis Journal. You possibly can attain him at 712-293-4234 and observe him on Twitter @TwoHeadedBoy98.