Farokhmanesh, Miles speak on Farokhmanesh's departure from Husker staff

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The Nebraska men’s basketball program, for the second time this week, is losing a member from the coaching ranks.

Ali Farokhmanesh accepts an assistant coach position at Drake.

Farokhmanesh spending three seasons on the staff of head coach Tim Miles, the first two as a graduate manager and then moving up to the Director of Player Relations and Development this past season.

“I'm excited for Ali to join my good friend Niko Medved at Drake,” Miles said. “He's been a tremendous asset to our program for the past three years. We will miss him, his wife Mallory and son Tai as they will always be part of our Husker Family, but it is great to see him get the chance to get on the floor (to coach) and on the road (to recruit). I have no doubt he will do a tremendous job for Drake basketball!”

“It is with mixed emotions that I will be leaving the University of Nebraska to accept an assistant coaching position at Drake University,” Farokhmanesh said. “I want to thank Coach Miles for the incredible opportunity to be a part of Husker basketball. It has been an honor to work with Shawn Eichorst and Marc Boehm, who have allowed me to be a part of a very special university and athletic department. I will always be grateful for the experience of working with Coach Miles and his staff. Under their leadership and trust, I have grown as a person and as a coach. I have had a remarkable three years at Nebraska with some very special student-athletes, and I will cherish those relationships. This program will go on to do great things.

My wife and I are excited to return to our home state of Iowa for the next chapter of our lives. Thank you to Husker Nation and Go Big Red - there really is no place like Nebraska.”

Niko Medved worked for Miles at Colorado State as an assistant coach before getting the head job at Furman and then moving to Drake in March.

Earlier this week, Director of Basketball Operations Teddy Owens announced his departure from Lincoln for a boys basketball head coaching gig at a high school in Florida.

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