Nashville's newest ABA franchise, the Nashville Broncs, named Jan van Breda Kolff as its new head coach on Thursday.
Van Breda Kolff is well-known to Nashville hoops fans. He played at Vanderbilt and led the Commodores to a Sweet 16 appearance in 1974 and was SEC Player of the Year that year. He later played nine years in the NBA and also coached the Commodores.
He has remained in the Nashville area and in recent years has run a series of youth basketball camps for Nashville-area youth players.
Van Breda Kolff also may add a bit of legitimacy for the ABA franchise. Nashville's last ABA team, the Rhythm, was marred by a number of controversies, including a highly publicized incident when one of the team's co-owners, Sally Anthony, stormed the court during a game to fire Ashley McElhiney, the team's coach.