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The Jr. NBA Coach of the Year program celebrates youth basketball coaches that honor the game by demonstrating leadership and integrity, exhibiting a positive attitude towards all players, coaches, parents, and referees, and creating a lasting impact on young people both on and off the court.

This is a voluntary initiative in which all NBA, WNBA, and NBA G League teams are invited to participate and award one local winner to be named their team’s Coach of the Year. The pool of local winners will be entered into the national selection process and narrowed down to eight (8) semifinalists, three (3) finalists, and ultimately one (1) national Jr. NBA Coach of the Year winner.

2021 Nuggets Academy JR NBA Coach of the Year!

With nine years of youth coaching experience, Chris Romero embodies what it takes to be and impactful mentor, leading the Colorado Hornets basketball team to success. The Nuggets Academy Director Kieon Arkwright and the Coordinator Madison Montgomery present Chris Romero as the 2021 Nuggets Academy JR NBA Coach of the Year! Learn more about our Coach of the year!


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The Denver Nuggets selected Local Winner will receive the following from the Jr NBA:

  • Co-branded (Jr. NBA & Team Logo) Coach of the Year trophy
  • Free USA Basketball Coach License
    • Note: USAB Coach License information will be shared in September 2021 as part of the 2021-22 USAB License
  • Copy of three (3) Positive Coaching Alliance books:
    • Elevating Your Game
    • The Power of Double-Goal Coaching
    • Positive Sports Parenting
  • Access to one (1) Positive Coaching Alliance DGC1 online course
  • Recognition on Jr. NBA Coach of the Year website