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Steve Nash            

Former Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets; Hall-of-Fame Basketball Player; Founder of the Steve Nash Foundation

Stephen John Nash was born on February 7, 1974, to British and Welsh parents in Johannesburg, South Africa, (he returned as a CBS correspondent to the 2010 World Cup) into an athletic family: his father, John, played semi-professional soccer and his mother, Jean, netball. After two years in South Africa, the Nash family immigrated to Canada to avoid raising their children amidst apartheid. The family played a variety of sports – including soccer, hockey, lacrosse, basketball and tennis – in Victoria, BC, off Canada’s scenic west coast; Nash’s younger brother, Martin, played professional soccer, and his sister, Joann, was a standout college player.

In 1992, Nash moved to Santa Clara University on the only basketball scholarship offered him. After leading the Broncos to three NCAA Tourney berths (and one of the NCAA’s all-time upsets, over the Arizona Wildcats), he graduated with a BA in Sociology, and was drafted 15th overall to the Phoenix Suns in 1996 NBA Draft.

After two years behind Kevin Johnson and Jason Kidd, Nash was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. While playing for the Mavericks, Nash’s style of play matured into All-Star status. He found his niche in the NBA and played internationally for Team Canada, including a 7th place finish at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

After a very successful run with the Mavericks, Nash began a new basketball family with the Phoenix Suns, and one of his own – in autumn 2004, Nash’s twin daughters, Lourdes (Lola) and Isabella (Bella), were born. In the fall of 2010, he welcomed a son, Matteo Nash. In 2012, Nash moved to the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal, where he donned the #10 jersey for the first time on July 11th at the Lakers facility on (no kidding) Nash Street. After a playing career spanning 18 seasons, and two NBA MVP Awards, our 8-time All-Star announced his retirement from the NBA on March 21, 2015, with an article he penned for the Players’ Tribune. In 2015, his jersey was retired by the Phoenix Suns as he entered the Suns Ring of Honor, and in 2018, Nash was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In September 2016, Nash married Lilla Frederick, with whom he welcomed son Luca to the family in 2017 and daughter Ruby in 2019. Having attributed his athletic success to a capacity for discipline and drive to succeed, as well as to his efforts towards nutrition (what became known in the NBA as the “Nash Diet”), and careful attention to adequate sleep, Nash also encouraged young athletes to make similar efforts towards their own health and development, creating “Give and Go” to offer free basketball sessions to kids, and serving as the General Manager for Canada Basketball’s Men’s National Team. In his return to the NBA as a player development consultant for the Golden State Warriors, Nash won his first NBA Championship ring in 2017, and, in 2020, he joined the Brooklyn Nets as Head Coach for two seasons.

Off the court, Nash is an engaged investor, including ownership stakes in the Vancouver Whitecaps and Real Mallorca Football Clubs, and can typically be found creating content for television and film with his production company, Control Media. His new shoe – a menswear standout with LA-based Wolf & Shepherd – named the Crossover for its athletic heart and business body, launched in autumn of 2019, with proceeds supporting the work of the Steve Nash Foundation.

Nash’s role as a leader on and off the court have resonated with many, as he provides an energized example of how to give back as President and Founder of the Steve Nash Foundation. Dedicated to assisting underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life, the Steve Nash Foundation provides critical needs health and education resources with a focus on local and national strategic initiatives, including new platforms addressing early childhood neurodevelopment, and health-focused athlete development for children and adolescents. Nash has been named to the Order of BC, the Order of Canada, and received numerous awards, including the St. Boniface Foundation International Award, and an honorary degree at the University of Victoria for his humanitarianism.

Nash and his family live in Brooklyn, New York.


Steve Nash to become next Nets head coach
Steve Nash has signed a four-year deal to become the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Jacque Vaughn, who coached the team after the firing of Kenny Atkinson, will stay on as the lead assistant and become the NBA’s best-compensated assistant coach.

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