CoachUp adds more star power with NBA’s Nerlens Noel as a new advisor

Philadelphia 76ers player Nerlens Noel (courtesy of CoachUp)
Philadelphia 76ers player Nerlens Noel (courtesy of CoachUp)

Boston startup CoachUp, whose online marketplace connects athletes with professional coaches, has added Philadelphia 76ers player Nerlens Noel to its athlete advisory council.

Noel was the 76ers first-round draft pick last year, and the sixth pick overall.

He will advise CoachUp from time to time on strategy, products, and other matters, according to a news release. Noel is also expected to take part in some CoachUp events and appear in CoachUp social media and advertising.

In the news release, Noel said he shares “CoachUp’s belief that private coaching can change kids’ lives.”

Noel is not the first well-known individual to advise CoachUp. Former US Sen. Scott Brown is a member of the company’s advisory board, as is Kayak cofounder and former CTO Paul English. And former Zipcar chief executive Scott Griffith is a member of the board of directors at CoachUp.

A graduate of Techstars Boston and MassChallenge, CoachUp has raised about $9 million in funding from investors including General Catalyst Partners, Point Judith Capital, and Breakaway Ventures.

The company was founded in 2011 by chief executive Jordan Fliegel, a former professional basketball player in Israel.

CoachUp employs 24 and is based in the Seaport/Innovation District.

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Kyle Alspach has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since 2005 and was one of the original staff writers at BetaBoston.
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