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Nathan Valentine has been promoted to lead assistant coach at Transy.

Former South Laurel basketball standout Nathan Valentine has been promoted to lead assistant men’s basketball coach at Transylvania, athletics director Jack Ebel said Friday.

Valentine is a 2005 Transy graduate who has served as a part-time assistant under head coach Brian Lane since the 2005-06 season. Valentine’s first season on the Pioneers’ staff coincided with the team’s first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament and advancement to the round of eight.

Transy has qualified for NCAA play in three of the past four years, winning Heartland Conference regular season titles in 2005, 2006 and 2009 and HCAC tournament championships in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

“I am excited that Nate has decided to remain on our basketball staff and accept these new responsibilities,” said Lane. “He is keenly aware of the uniqueness of this position and he understands the very high level of interest in Transy basketball. He will be able to share a clear vision with our current and future players for our program’s continued success.”

Transy has posted a 67-22 record during the last four years. Valentine has also coached the Transy JV team to a 26-9 mark during this time.

As a player, he was captain as a junior and senior and received the team’s leadership award after both seasons. Transy was 20-6 during Valentine’s senior year, rising to No. 2 in the NCAA Division III Midwestern Regional poll.

The South Laurel High School graduate was an honorable mention All-State selection as a senior. He originally attended Tusculum before transferring to Transy, where he scored 477 career points.

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