Former Washington assistant coach Greg Nared was back in Seattle on Saturday, watching his daughter help Saint Mary’s collect a 71-70 win against Seattle University at Connolly Center. After UW coach Tia Jackson and the staff were fired in March, he relocated to Portland to be close to family. Nared’s youngest daughter is a sophomore in high school.
Nared is currently working for VIE Sports, an online site that bonds people as they compete for prizes or for charities. It’s only setup for golf now, but Nared said a full launch would be in March.
Here’s what else he had to say:
Women’s Hoops Blog: Why did you become a partner with this start-up social media site?
Greg Nared: I got a couple opportunities to coach basketball in the Pac-12, but I decided to just stay home and be around family. The opportunity with VIE, the group who started it was working on it the last year and asked me if I would be interested leading the athlete/celebrity portion of it. That’s how I got started.
WHB: You signed a one-year contract with Washington, the team finishing 11-17, 6-12 in Pac-10 play. How do you look back on the experience?
GN: For me, it was a great season. We wanted to become a staff that recruited better and as you know, (the in-coming class) was top-35 in the country, so we did that. We wanted to help develop the kids…we felt we took a big step in making sure the girls can compete at a high level, so I felt very good about where it was. It’s unfortunate I’m not there with the university, but Coach (Kevin) McGuff and his staff are great coaches and some great things are going to happen with UW in these next two years.
WHB: So, was it a surprise when coach Tia Jackson and the staff was let go?
GN: Well, no for the simple fact that the bottom line at the end of the day at this level is you’ve got to win basketball games. We just didn’t win enough games.
WHB: Have you seen Washington (7-2) play, yet? (G Mercedes Wetmore and assistant director of basketball operations Carly Koebel exchanged hugs with Nared on Saturday)
GN: No, I haven’t seen them play, yet, but I will. Probably when they come down to Oregon and I’ll probably come up here (Seattle) to see them in a game or two. The kids are what (we’re here for) as coaches. You do for the kids and that’s one of the reasons why I coached basketball. I love working with the kids. It was nice to see Mercedes again.
WHB: It sounds like everything is good after a weird 2010-11 season.
GN: It wasn’t weird for me, I enjoyed it. I talk to Tia a lot once we left UW and then once (her Rutgers) season began, I talked to her occasionally.
*PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Nared courtesy of Washington athletics department