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Nate Tomlinson leaving CU Buffs staff for assistant coach spot at George Mason

Former Buffs player joining former CU assistant Kim English

Team Colorado coach Nate Tomlinson talks ...
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Former Colorado guard and staff member Nate Tomlinson, now an assistant at George Mason, is familiar with the Buffs’ NIT first-round foe, St. Bonaventure. (Photo by Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)
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Nate Tomlinson had the look of a coach-in-the-making when he manned the point guard spot for the Colorado Buffaloes a decade ago.

Finally, Tomlinson officially owns that title.

On Thursday, Tomlinson’s rumored departure from CU coach Tad Boyle’s staff became official, with Tomlinson set to depart Boulder for an assistant coach spot at George Mason. Tomlinson will work under former staff mate and CU Buffs assistant Kim English, who was named the head coach at George Mason two weeks ago.

Tomlinson also will be reunited with former CU wing D’Shawn Schwartz, who plans to use his extra sixth season of eligibility in 2021-22 at George Mason.

Tomlinson spent the past two seasons as CU’s Director of Player Development and was on Boyle’s staff three years overall, working alongside English during the 2018-19 season as a coaching intern. Tomlinson played four seasons for the Buffs from 2008-09 through the Pac-12 tournament championship season of 2011-12 before playing professionally for six seasons in his native Australia.

“Nate Tomlinson is a Buff through and through,” Boyle said. “He’s brought great passion and he loves this university, loves this basketball program. He’s done a terrific job on social media, connecting former players. He was a great representative of Colorado basketball as a player and he certainly has been over the last three years.

“Nate Tomlinson needs to coach. He deserves to coach. This will give him an opportunity to be on the floor. It will give him an opportunity to recruit off campus, whenever we can do that again. It’s a great step in his career, and obviously he’s going to work for a guy I’ve come to know and love in Kim English. I’m really happy for both of them, and I’m really happy for Nate.”

Between Tomlinson and former staff member Sean Kearney, the Director of Player Development position has been in familiar and trusted hands for the past eight seasons. Although one of the primary duties of the position is scheduling, Boyle said he will take a deliberate approach in filling the vacancy.

“I’ve had a few people reach out. In the coaching world, people hear about things that are happening and my phone already is blowing up quite a bit,” Boyle said. “I’m not in a hurry. I want to finish recruiting. I want to try to finish the schedule as best we can. Sean Kearney did a great job with scheduling and Nate did a great job as well. I want to get recruiting finished up and our schedule finished up, and I’ll probably turn my attention to that position later in April or maybe even into May.”

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