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New basketball skills trainer Ionadi works with Pacers’ Oladipo

Bill Beckner Jr.
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Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review
Kiski coach Nick Ionadi draws up a play against Shaler Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Shaler.
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Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) drives the net past Toronto Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough, back, during second half NBA action in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.

Nick Ionadi loves his new job. And that is just partly because he gets to enjoy the Florida sunshine.

Ionadi, the former Penn Hills standout guard and former girls varsity coach at Kiski Area, is working as a basketball skills trainer in Miami with I’m Possible Training, along with Micah Lancaster and Bryce Stanhope.

He spent Thursday and Friday helping to work out Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers. The all-star guard and former Indiana Hoosier averaged 23.1 points last season.

“He’s like a big kid, but he works his tail off,” said Ionadi, who will be an assistant boys coach at Penn-Trafford next season.

Oladipo, who also played for the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder, is a former Sporting News Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year.

Ionadi is finding his place in his new surroundings but appears to be adjusting quickly.

“I’ve gotten to know Micah pretty well the last few years, he’s helped me a ton, taught me quite a bit,” Ionadi said. “He’s a great guy, a phenomenal trainer. The attention to detail is what sets him apart in addition to how we do things. I’ve gotten to really learn how to efficiently train players, chase their weaknesses. It’s fun.

“As for Vic, the guy works insanely hard. It’s hard to describe — it’s something you’d need to see first hand.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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