Quick FactsCollege: University of Cincinnati
Years with the Bucks: First Year
A native of Kenosha, Wis., Nick Van Exel begins his first season on the Bucks coaching staff. Prior to joining Milwaukee, Van Exel served as a player development instructor under current Bucks head coach Larry Drew in Atlanta.
Selected by the L.A. Lakers in the second round of the 1993 NBA Draft (37th overall), Van Exel enjoyed a 13-year career as a player in the NBA, including 76 playoff games and one All-Star appearance (1998) from 1993-2006. After five seasons in Los Angeles, he also saw time on the rosters of Denver, Dallas, Golden State, Portland and San Antonio, while posting career averages of 14.4 points and 6.6 assists per game.
An NBA All-Rookie Second Team selection in 1994, Van Exel spent his final two collegiate seasons at the University of Cincinnati, where he paced the Bearcats in both points (18.3 ppg) and assists (4.5 apg) as a senior. He led Cincinnati to a Final Four appearance and earned Third Team All-American honors in addition to being selected as a finalist for the Wooden Award.
Before finding his way back to the NBA, Van Exel worked as an assistant coach at Texas Southern University during the 2009-10 season.