New Orleans men’s basketball head coach Mark Slessinger officially welcomed in his newest aid on Wednesday morning, naming Bil Duany as a Privateer assistant coach for the upcoming season.
Duany spent last season as a graduate assistant at New Mexico State University where he worked primarily with the post players, film evaluation, life skills, and academic development.
“We are so excited to have Bil join our coaching staff,” said Slessinger. “He will bring so many diverse experiences on and off the court to our student-athletes, university and city. Bil has a great basketball base and comes from an incredible basketball family in which he and his four other siblings played division one basketball. He also coached in one of the toughest high school conferences in the state of Indiana during his two seasons at Southport with Coach Kyle Simpson.”
“Bil was able to get some incredible experiences last season at New Mexico State. He worked alongside some incredible coaches who I have so much respect for led by Head Coach Marvin Menzies. During last season at NMSU he was able to contribute to a team that won a league championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. I really feel that Bil will make some great contributions to help continue the renaissance of New Orleans Basketball.”
Prior to his time at NMSU, Duany placed his roots in the midwest, where he served as the head coach for Indiana Elite Basketball for six seasons. Bil coached four different classes and was able to help over 40 student athletes reach the NCAA Division I ranks.
Away from the court Duany worked for five years with Sport Revolution Ltd. and A-HOPE Foundation, working with the NBA and donating clothes and other essential basketball items to his native South Sudan.
“I’m really excited for Bil to be able to utilize his contacts and relationships in recruiting by coming in as a full-time assistant with a respected Head Coach like Coach Slessinger,” said New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies. “Bil is one of the hardest working guys I know and I’m sure he will be able to impact the New Orleans program at a high level in the near future.”
Duany received his bachelor degree in public affairs from Indiana University in 2009.
Duany played for collegiately at Eastern Illinois University for 2 seasons before injury ended his career. Duany earned one of the highest honors in Indiana High School basketball by being named to the prestigious Indiana Basketball All-Star Team in 2004. This wrapped up a great prep career at Bloomington North High School for Hall of Fame Coach Tom McKinney.
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