Thursday, June 15, 2000

Stuff step up search for coach

By Pete Holtermann
Enquirer contributor

        The search for the next head coach of the Cincinnati Stuff will begin in earnest today with the first formal meeting of the search committee.

        Scott Spinelli, Mike Frink, Russ Bergman, Ron Ekker and Jim Bravelli form an early group of top candidates for the job.

        Spinelli is still working as the Stuff's top assistant coach. He was an assistant coach at American University and Wyoming and was a head coach at two prep schools in Massachusetts before coming to Cincinnati.

        Frink is a close friend of Oscar Robertson's, a part owner of the Stuff and the search committee chair. Frink was an assistant coach for Brazil in the 1992 and '96 Olympics.

        Bergman spent 19 years as head coach at Coastal Carolina before leading the CBA Idaho Stampede for the past six seasons.

        Ekker has been an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks for 10 years.

        Bravelli has worked with NBA teams in Denver and Washington D.C. for the past four years.

        The Stuff coaching job opened when Joby Wright left the team after leading it to a 43-21 record in its first season.


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