The New Jersey Nets have named John Loyer as an assistant coach, team President Rod Thorn announced today.  Loyer joins Tom Barrise, Roy Rogers and Doug Overton as a member of Head Coach Lawrence Frank’s staff.

“We are pleased to add John to Coach Frank’s staff,” said Thorn.  “The experience he has gained in both Philadelphia and Portland will be an asset to both the players and coaches.”

Loyer joins the Nets following four seasons as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers.  Prior to his time in Philadelphia, Loyer spent a total of five seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers as the team’s video coordinator (2000-01), advance scout (2001-03) and assistant coach (2003-05).

Before joining the Trail Blazers staff in 2000, Loyer spent 12 years in the collegiate coaching ranks with stops at Wabash Valley College (1999-00), University of Akron (1987-89) and the University of Cincinnati (1989-99). He was an assistant at Cincinnati for 10 years during which time the Bearcats made it to the Final Four once and twice to the Elite Eight.

Overall, while an assistant coach on the college level, teams he worked with posted a 234-86 (.731) record. The team Loyer recruited at Wabash Valley College went on to win the 2001 National Junior College championship.

A 1988 graduate of the University of Akron, Loyer was a four-year letterman in basketball and earned a degree in social studies. He and his wife Katie have three children, sons Foster and Fletcher, and daughter, Jersey.