Steve Nash

Quick Facts

Full Name Stephen John Nash
Known As Steve Nash
Date of Birth February 7, 1974
Birth Place Johannesburg, South Africa
Religion Christianity
Nationality Canadian
Zodiac Sign  Aquarius
Age 48 years old
Height 1.91 m (6 feet 3 inches)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg)
Hair Color Light brown
Eye Color Grey
Build Athletic
Father’s Name John Nash
Mother’s Name Jean Nash
Siblings Martin Nash, Joann Nash
  • Mount Douglas Secondary School (Saanich, British Columbia)
  • St. Michaels University School (Victoria, British Columbia)
  • Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, California)
Marital Status Married
Sexual Orientation Straight
Wife’s name Lilla Frederick
Kids Matteo Joel, Bella, Lola, Luca Sun, and Ruby Jean
Former Profession Basketball Player
Current Profession NBA Head Coach for the Brooklyn Nets
NBA Draft 1996 / Round: 1 / 15th pick overall
Position Point guard
League  National Basketball Association (NBA)
Active Years (1996 – 2015)
Net Worth $95 million
Currently Plays For None / retired
Jersey Numbers 10, 13
Social Media  InstagramTwitterFacebook
Merch Steve Nash: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball’s Greatest Point guards (Paperback)
Last Update July 2022

A seasoned Canadian professional basketball player with 18 NBA seasons of experience, Steve Nash. Since 2020, he has held the position of head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

When the Phoenix Suns selected Nash in the 1996 draft, he became a member of the NBA. Throughout his playing career, he failed to receive a single championship ring.

In addition to his playing career, Nash has taken part in a number of philanthropic and charitable endeavors.And  In addition, he spent roughly seven years as the general manager of the Canadian men’s national basketball team.

In the essay that follows, let’s learn more about the life and career of this basketball superstar.

Early Life, Family, and Education of Steve Nash

On February 7, 1974, Stephen John Nash, better known as Steve Nash, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. His mother, Jean, was a Welshwoman, while his father, John, was an Englishman.

He was about 18 months old when his family moved to Regina, Canada. Later, his parents welcomed Martin and Joann (his sister) into the world (brother).

In British Columbia, Steve first attended Mount Douglas Secondary School for his education.

Although Nash was quite skinny and lean as a child, his athletic prowess was unquestionably greater. His children began playing soccer at a young age because their father, John, was a professional soccer player.

When Steve Nash was a child (Source: Sports Illustrated)

He and his brother frequently played ice hockey and soccer when he wasn’t at school.

Martin, one of his brothers, went on to play professional soccer. Similar to him, his sister continued to play soccer throughout her time in college.

He didn’t begin playing basketball until he was twelve. He later decided to play basketball exclusively, forgoing all other sports, despite the fact that the sport was not particularly well-liked in their neighborhood.

Later, Nash changed schools to Victoria’s St. Michaels University School. His first plan was to finish high school at Mount Douglas Secondary School, but he left because of his subpar performance.

After graduating from high school in 1992, he eventually relocated to the United States and enrolled at Santa Clara University (SCU) in California to pursue his higher education. Nash graduated from SCU with a bachelor’s in sociology.

Career in Basketball for Steve Nash

College and High School Career

In Victoria, British Columbia, Steve Nash participated in high school basketball for two different teams.

In his final season, he helped St. Michaels win the British Columbia AAA provincial championship, for which he was named the Best Player of the Year in that province. Steve averaged 21.3 points and 11.2 assists per game during his final year.

Nash eventually received a scholarship offer from Santa Clara University in California after attempting to acquire financial aid at many American universities. Dick Davey, the then-Broncos coach, lauded him for his performance but thought he was a very poor defender.

Since his first year, Steve has performed incredibly well, helping the Broncos win the WCC tournament that year. They consequently qualified for the NCAA tournament, although they were unsuccessful in winning.

Nash oversaw the Santa Clara team’s tremendous growth throughout the years, and they added two more WCC championships. Until 1996, Nash also won the Conference Player of the Year award twice.

Even though Nash was unable to assist them in capturing the NCAA championship, his college career as a whole was a huge accomplishment for him personally. He holds the record for most assists in the history of the college.

Career in the Profession

In the first round of the 1996 NBA draft, the Phoenix Suns picked Nash with the fifteenth overall pick. The Suns supporters, however, were unhappy with the decision made by their team.

Therefore, the team administration presumably offered Nash very little playing time in his first season to appease them.

He continued with the Phoenix Suns for one more season, and his stats were better than the previous one.

Nash had enough of opportunities to try new things while playing with the Mavericks, so he eventually went back to playing his natural game.

In 2004, an improved player Nash returned to the Phoenix Suns, where he remained as their star player until 2012.

Steve Nash sporting a Broncos uniform (Santa Clara University, source)

Over the years, while playing with the Suns, he put on many of his best performances of his career and rose to fame as one of the game’s most promising point guards.

When Steve made his retirement announcement in 2015, he was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. He had intended to play in the NBA for a few more seasons, but after reviewing his health, he ultimately chose to take a break.

On October 30, 2015, the Phoenix Suns finally presented him with the Ring of Honor.


On September 25, 2015, Steve Nash joined the Golden State Warriors as a part-time consultant. When he worked for the Warriors, the club twice earned championship rings.

In addition, Nash has been the Brooklyn Nets’ head coach since September 3, 2020, an NBA team.

Recognition & Achievements

His accolades and accomplishments include:

All-Star NBA (2002, 2003, 2005-08, 2010, 2012)

NBA Team for the 75th Anniversary

Suns of Phoenix Ring of Honor

Most Valuable Player in the NBA (2005, 2006)

Lou Marsh Award (2005)

The Broncos retired No. 11

Player of the Year in the WCC (1995, 1996)

Citizenship J. Walter Kennedy Award (2007)

Award for Lionel Conacher (2002, 2005, 2006)

As a member of the national team of Canada:

winning the FIBA AmeriCup’s bronze medal (2001)

winning the FIBA AmeriCup’s silver medal (1999)

Steve Nash: Wealth

Athlete Steve Nash, who was born in Canada, has a net worth of over $95 million. According to some places on the internet, it might be worth up to $110 million.

Nash was one of the highest-paid basketball players of his era in any scenario. He has therefore made a sizable sum of money through league games.

He received an approximate $2 million offer from the Phoenix Suns during his initial two seasons with the team.

Then, as his performance peaked in his latter seasons, he began to earn more money. He played with the Dallas Mavericks for six seasons, earning roughly $30 million.

Additionally, up until his retirement in 2014, he made over $110 million more while competing for the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. He earns a respectable salary as the Brooklyn Nets’ head coach.

He has also received product endorsements from a number of businesses, including Nike, Vitamin Water, MDG Computers, Raymond Well Watches, etc.

Participation in Philanthropy

In 2001, Nash founded the Steve Nash Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping impoverished children and those living in poverty all around the world.

Through funding and relationships with regional non-profit groups, the organization has expanded its helping hands to various parts of the world in addition to its direct work in British Columbia and Canada.

In addition, he established the Jim Jennings Memorial Endowment Fund to support Santa Clara University’s dedicated volunteers.

He and his foundation have won numerous honors and awards for their hard work and dedication to charities and philanthropic endeavors, including the 2008 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy.

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Making movies and other things

Around 2007, Nash and Ezra Holland, another filmmaker, established Meathawk Productions. It mostly finances indie movies, television shows, and advertising.

In 2008, it produced its debut piece of work, an advertising for Nike’s green shoe. The commercial, which had the catchy title The Sixty Million Dollar Man and debuted on Earth Day, quickly gained popularity.

Additionally, Steve has contributed to a few other artistic endeavors, including the documentary Into the Wind and the City of Angels music video, among others.

He also owns Vancouver Whitecaps FC, a team that plays in the USL-1 division of the Canadian Major League and is situated in Vancouver.

Around the same time, he made an investment in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) in the US. He was also one of the investors who paid about $21 million in 2016 to acquire the Spanish football team RCD Mallorca.

Additionally, he has started Steve Nash Fitness and Sports Clubs in other Canadian and American cities. In 2007, together with Montreal-based entrepreneur Leonard Schlemm, the first club of similar type was established in Vancouver.

Steve Nash: Personal Information

Lilla Frederick, a stunning woman, is Steve Nash’s wife. When Nash first met her in 2016, their romance quickly progressed to new heights.

In March 2016, he proposed to her, and they wed in September of the same year. During their trip to Spain, Steve proposed to her only four days after they started dating.

Lilla graduated from Pepperdine University in California and is a citizen of the United States. She participated heavily in volleyball during her undergraduate years.

Steve Nash and Lilla during their wedding (Source: Media Referee)

Nash is fourteen years Nash’s senior, but Frederick and Nash get along well and have a wonderful understanding of one another. The couple is blessed with a daughter named Ruby Jean and a son named Luca Sun.

In addition, Nash has a son and twin daughters from his previous union with Alejandra Amarilla. But they split up around the time their kid was born in 2011.

In addition, Nash and singer Nelly Furtado both refuted the persistent allegation that they were dating in 2006.

Height, weight, and age

Steve Nash will be 48 years old in 2022.

His height is 1.91 meters (6 feet 3 inches), and his weight is approximately 178 lb (81 kg).