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Mr. Sobchak
06-08-2007, 01:14 PM
http://www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=24867


WHEELING -- Wheeling Jesuit University men's Basketball coach Jay Defruscio is in negotiations with the Indiana Pacers to become an assistant coach with the NBA team under former Wheeling head coach Jim O'Brien.

DeFruscio is expected to fly to Indianapolis on Tuesday to finalize the deal .

Defruscio has guided the Cardinals program for 18 years, winning 311 games. His teams have won 20 games in a season six times, including four straight seasons from 2002 through 2006 .

Under Defruscio, the Cards won the 2005 WVC tournament championship .

He led the Cards to the 1989 NAIA National Tournament. Twice during his career he has been named the WVC coach of the year .

And he has served as athletic director at the school for 20 years.

and this per RealGM:
http://www.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=671115


Associated Press - June 8, 2007 12:14 PM ET

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - Wheeling Jesuit men's basketball coach Jay DeFruscio says he's accepted a job as an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers.

He tells the Wheeling News-Register he will fly to Indianapolis next week to sign a contract.

New Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien was the coach at what was then-Wheeling College when DeFruscio had his first assistant coaching job in the mid-1980s.

DeFruscio says a formal announcement will be made once all the paperwork is completed. But he says he's informed the Wheeling Jesuit administration of his decision.

DeFruscio has a career mark of 311-213 at Wheeling Jesuit. He's the winningest active coach in the West Virginia Conference. He led the Cardinals to their first men's conference tournament championship in 2005.

ABADays
06-08-2007, 01:30 PM
Boy - things just keep coming from out of nowhere.

Kegboy
06-08-2007, 01:31 PM
Well, at least that's a lot better than Leonard Perry.

beast23
06-08-2007, 01:38 PM
I know nothing more about the guy than I've just read. I wonder what his function will be... defense, offense, shooting, PnR specialist, big man coach?

If O'Brien were bringing John Doe on board, I might have known a little more about him.

FlavaDave
06-08-2007, 01:40 PM
He's got a cool name. Good enough for me.

indyman37
06-08-2007, 03:20 PM
This guy was hard to find. I still can't find much on him, but this is what I got:

http://www.wju.edu/athletics/mbball/coaches.html

http://www.wju.edu/athletics/images/mbball/defruscio.jpg

Jay Defruscio
Head Coach
DeFruscio, the winningest basketball coach in Wheeling Jesuit history begins his eighteenth season on the bench. Just seven wins short of 300, DeFruscio has led the Cardinals to four consecutive 20 win seasons and two straight NCAA Division Ii tournaments. The leader among active WVIAC coaches in career wins, DeFruscio has also served as WJUís Director of Athletics for the past 20 years.

The 45 year old native of Drexel Hill, Pa. has compiled and overall record of 293-203 and has been named WVIAC Coach of the Year twice as well as NAIA District 28 Coach of the Year. Twice he has been honored by the Upper Ohio Dapper Dan Club for his outstanding coaching abilities. In 1988-89 his Cardinals won a school record 22 straight games en route to a 31-4 overall record and berth in the NAIA National Quarterfinals. The Cardinals won their first ever WVIAC title that year and in 2005 DeFruscio led the Cards to their first ever WVIAC tournament title as well. He has coached 22 1000 point scorers and 5 of his former players have been enshrined in the WJU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Under his leadership as athletics director, the university has won over 40 conference championships in 12 different sports. Wheeling Jesuit student athletes and teams have been recognized on the conference level for sportsmanship. Student athletes are committed to academic excellence as well as community service. Under DeFruscioís leadership WJU has started 14 new varsity sports and moved from NAIA to NCAA Division II in the early nineties. DeFruscio is also actively involved in the Wheeling community having served on the Board of Directors on the Elmhurst House of Friendship, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the YMCA. He is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Congress and a past member of the NCAA Division II Menís Basketball National Committee. He is currently involved with Coaches versus Cancer along with the local American Cancer Society.

DeFruscio earned a Bachelorís degree in Economics from Ursinus College in 1982. At Ursinus, DeFruscio was a four year varsity letterwinner and participated in three consecutive NCAA Division III national tournaments including the NCAA Division III Final Four in 1981 and Elite Eight in 1982. He was inducted into the Ursinus College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
DeFruscio earned an MBA degree from Wheeling Jesuit in 1986 and serves as an adjunct professor in the Business Program teaching classes in marketing, finance and management. He also writes a regular column about the value of sports for the local newspaper.

He resides in Wheeling with his wife Cathy, and their four children, Katie (20), Hooter (18), Annie (16) and Lucy (13).

Doug
06-08-2007, 03:22 PM
He has a kid named "Hooter"?

indyman37
06-08-2007, 03:23 PM
He has a kid named "Hooter"?
Yeah, so we have the molester and a coach with a kid named Hooter.

ajbry
06-08-2007, 03:27 PM
Where the **** is Wheeling Jesuit University?

I've never heard of that place and we just hired this guy to coach NBA players? Nice.

indyman37
06-08-2007, 03:34 PM
Where the **** is Wheeling Jesuit University?

I've never heard of that place and we just hired this guy to coach NBA players? Nice.
All I know is that it is some kind of religious division II school...

Dr. Goldfoot
06-08-2007, 03:35 PM
Where the **** is Wheeling Jesuit University?

I've never heard of that place and we just hired this guy to coach NBA players? Nice.


It's where Jim coached in the early 80's. It's outside of Pittsburgh.

Tom White
06-08-2007, 03:41 PM
Where the **** is Wheeling Jesuit University?

I've never heard of that place and we just hired this guy to coach NBA players? Nice.

Well, don't fret too much. I'm sure they've never heard of you either.

Not all good basketball people are from big conference schools. Ever hear of Tony Hinkle? Granted, Butler is probably larger than Wheeling.

Think of how many NBA players came from Div II or III schools, or were Jucos.

RWB
06-08-2007, 03:42 PM
Seriously, not to be mean spirited here, but Wheeling WV seems to have that old depressing coal town feel to it. I would imagine the new coach is going to be dazed for a short time by the size of Indy and how flat the area is.

avoidingtheclowns
06-08-2007, 03:50 PM
Seriously, not to be mean spirited here, but Wheeling WV seems to have that old depressing coal town feel to it. I would imagine the new coach is going to be dazed for a short time by the size of Indy and how flat the area is.

its good to know where indiana stands

orlando
sacramento
indianapolis
coal mine

Slick Pinkham
06-08-2007, 03:58 PM
Wheeling Jesuit University.

that's some big time hoopin' going on there.

:happydanc

Granville
06-08-2007, 04:03 PM
its good to know where indiana stands

orlando
sacramento
indianapolis
coal mine

That made me laugh out loud.

Doug
06-08-2007, 04:31 PM
Seriously, I like this hire - and I've never heard of the guy.

I was half hoping we'd see something similarly out of left field for the head coaching job.


But O'Brien is growing on me. I guess I'm an optimist at heart.

Roaming Gnome
06-08-2007, 04:37 PM
I have a lot of family that live in Wheeling WV. It is located on the Ohio/WV border along I-70 about 4 1/2 hours from Indy. It is a town about the size of Muncie. RWB, you are right about it being a coal town. It was the hub of Wheeling/Pittsburgh Steel, but due to the flooding of foreign steel, Wheeling is just another depressed steel town in the Ohio Valley.

Wheeling Jesuit is just another NAIA school real similar to Taylor, Manchester College, St. Francis or Marian College. These schools are usually a early stepping stone to advancing ones career, so this shouldn't be a big suprise considering J. O'Brien got his first shot out of the same school.

indyman37
06-08-2007, 04:37 PM
So, who all is supposedly on our coaching staff now? All I can remember is:

-Jim O'Brien
-Dick Harter
-Lester Conner
-Jay Defruscio

I remember two others being mentioned as most likely coming here and one of our current assistant coaches is staying, but I can't think of their names.

RWB
06-08-2007, 04:39 PM
Seriously, I like this hire - and I've never heard of the guy.

I was half hoping we'd see something similarly out of left field for the head coaching job.


But O'Brien is growing on me. I guess I'm an optimist at heart.

O'Brien and Harter out of coaching for two years. Now a new guy stuck in division 2 ball hits the big time with the Pacers. Sounds like some guys who will spend alot of extra time in the office working on this project. Like a rookie trying to make the team there might be hunger in the air and that's a good thing.

Roaming Gnome
06-08-2007, 04:40 PM
Where the **** is Wheeling Jesuit University?

I've never heard of that place and we just hired this guy to coach NBA players? Nice.

You need to give your tired agenda a rest! I know that they traded your favorite player, but come on. I know that you can bring more to the forum then just the same tired drivel that you've been spewing for months.

Evan_The_Dude
06-08-2007, 04:43 PM
Dick Harter. You forgot him. We have Dick Harter, Derfuscio with a kid named Hooter, and to top it off, Lester the Molester. This is going to be a fun season, I can feel it.

indyman37
06-08-2007, 04:46 PM
Dick Harter. You forgot him. We have Dick Harter, Derfuscio with a kid named Hooter, and to top it off, Lester the Molester. This is going to be a fun season, I can feel it.
Yeah, I remembered Harter right after RWB posted. I went back and looked at past threads and the only name I could find that I left off the list was Frank Vogel. But that still leaves the Pacers assistant.

Edit: Dan Burke...duh.

Evan_The_Dude
06-08-2007, 04:50 PM
Ok so that's Dick Harter, Hooter, The Molester, and Vogel the Video Man. Oh boy...

indyman37
06-08-2007, 04:53 PM
I'm trying to come up with a list of the coaches and their bios, so I can try to get some kind of an idea of how our team will be coached. I'll post it when I'm done if any one is interested.

avoidingtheclowns
06-08-2007, 04:54 PM
Defruscio has guided the Cardinals program for 18 years, winning 311 games. His teams have won 20 games in a season six times, including four straight seasons from 2002 through 2006



Wheeling Jesuit is just another NAIA school real similar to Taylor, Manchester College, St. Francis or Marian College. These schools are usually a early stepping stone to advancing ones career, so this shouldn't be a big suprise considering J. O'Brien got his first shot out of the same school.

18 years is quite a big step. you'd need sherpas and such.

ajbry
06-08-2007, 04:58 PM
You need to give your tired agenda a rest! I know that they traded your favorite player, but come on. I know that you can bring more to the forum then just the same tired drivel that you've been spewing for months.

Calm yourself, I was expressing the sentiment a couple of other people have and that's all. I just question what makes this man legitimately qualified to handle the NBA lifestyle and the jump from D-II to the NBA is massive so I ain't too excited about this hire.

That's it, don't read too much into it. You'll know when I'm upset, but this is more perplexing than infuriating.

Since86
06-08-2007, 05:02 PM
It's not like he's the head coach, so why would you be confused by it?

The GM who just took over the Seattle job is only 30. Six years ago he joined the Spurs as an intern making $250 per MONTH. Did Chuck Person ever have coaching jobe before here?

I imagine JOB has known his man for quite sometime, and I imagine he is very comfortable with JOB's system. It's not like the 4th assistant coach is going to make or break the team.

Evan_The_Dude
06-08-2007, 05:03 PM
I think I'm seeing it now. Chemistry within the coaching staff is what they're after. Harter has spent time with O'Neil, O'Neil has spent time with Defruscio, Burke has spent time with Harter, and I think Lester spent some time with O'Neil. On top of that, Harter & Burke have both spent time with Bird. This is really about having a bunch of guys that are all on the same page. It's all coming together now.

Doug
06-08-2007, 05:14 PM
O'Brien and Harter out of coaching for two years. Now a new guy stuck in division 2 ball hits the big time with the Pacers. Sounds like some guys who will spend alot of extra time in the office working on this project. Like a rookie trying to make the team there might be hunger in the air and that's a good thing.

Great observation!

I very much agree with this.

I think TPTB have a plan and are executing it. That's positive.

owl
06-08-2007, 05:17 PM
Wheeling Jesuit student athletes and teams have been recognized on the conference level for sportsmanship. Student athletes are committed to academic excellence as well as community service

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++

I wonder if the above could have some bearing on his role with the Pacers?
Pacers also hired the man who was in charge of a world food relief program.
I can't think of his name but I see a trend and plan in place.
Can anyone say Indianapolis Colts

indyman37
06-08-2007, 05:18 PM
Can anyone say Indianapolis Colts
Can anyone say champions? A man can only hope...

JayRedd
06-08-2007, 07:43 PM
I think I'm seeing it now. Chemistry within the coaching staff is what they're after. Harter has spent time with O'Neil, O'Neil has spent time with Defruscio, Burke has spent time with Harter, and I think Lester spent some time with O'Neil. On top of that, Harter & Burke have both spent time with Bird.

And Larry Bird starred in Spacejam with....Kevin Bacon.

That's six moves. We have a winner.

ABADays
06-08-2007, 07:44 PM
I have a lot of family that live in Wheeling WV. It is located on the Ohio/WV border along I-70 about 4 1/2 hours from Indy. It is a town about the size of Muncie. RWB, you are right about it being a coal town. It was the hub of Wheeling/Pittsburgh Steel, but due to the flooding of foreign steel, Wheeling is just another depressed steel town in the Ohio Valley.

Wheeling Jesuit is just another NAIA school real similar to Taylor, Manchester College, St. Francis or Marian College. These schools are usually a early stepping stone to advancing ones career, so this shouldn't be a big suprise considering J. O'Brien got his first shot out of the same school.

Well . . . he certainly advanced didn't he?

Kegboy
06-08-2007, 10:01 PM
And Larry Bird starred in Spacejam with....Kevin Bacon.

That's six moves. We have a winner.

Sorry, but it can be done in 5. Jim O'Brien coached with Dick Harter, who coached with Rick Carlisle, who in the 2000 ECF tripped Latrell Sprewell, who in the 1997 All-Star game was guarded by Michael Jordan, who starred in those stupid-*** Hanes commercials with Kevin Bacon.

Jermaniac
06-08-2007, 10:04 PM
He sure is going to have a religious experience with this team.

grace
06-08-2007, 10:58 PM
Sorry, but it can be done in 5. Jim O'Brien coached with Dick Harter, who coached with Rick Carlisle, who in the 2000 ECF tripped Latrell Sprewell, who in the 1997 All-Star game was guarded by Michael Jordan, who made a cameo appearance in those stupid-*** Hanes commercials staring Kevin Bacon.

Fixed. :devil:

Evan_The_Dude
06-09-2007, 12:04 AM
He sure is going to have a religious experience with this team.

As long as Danny Granger doesn't come knocking at his door...

Harddrive7
06-09-2007, 06:53 AM
I think I'm seeing it now. Chemistry within the coaching staff is what they're after. Harter has spent time with O'Neil, O'Neil has spent time with Defruscio, Burke has spent time with Harter, and I think Lester spent some time with O'Neil. On top of that, Harter & Burke have both spent time with Bird. This is really about having a bunch of guys that are all on the same page. It's all coming together now.


There it is. That's something, IMO, that we were sorely missing the last few years. If you create chemistry starting at the top, it's going to trickle down to the players.

Good call.

Bball
06-09-2007, 05:29 PM
its good to know where indiana stands

orlando
sacramento
indianapolis
coal mine

Demeaning! You left out limestone quarry! :)

-Bball

NuffSaid
06-09-2007, 08:27 PM
Calm yourself, I was expressing the sentiment a couple of other people have and that's all. I just question what makes this man legitimately qualified to handle the NBA lifestyle and the jump from D-II to the NBA is massive so I ain't too excited about this hire.

That's it, don't read too much into it. You'll know when I'm upset, but this is more perplexing than infuriating.

Our roster is young. Most of our younger players are only a few years out of their collegate playing years. Maybe bringing in a "college level" asst. coach who can still speak their language can help.

The way I see it, Jim Obrien's hire along with this new coaching staff - a mix of old acquaintances who individually and collectively have had success - are coming in at just the right time to turn this franchise around. Kiss the brawl years goodbye. A new era in Pacers basketball began on May 31, 2007. And I'm feeling pretty good about it. :)


I think I'm seeing it now. Chemistry within the coaching staff is what they're after. Harter has spent time with O'Neil, O'Neil has spent time with Defruscio, Burke has spent time with Harter, and I think Lester spent some time with O'Neil. On top of that, Harter & Burke have both spent time with Bird. This is really about having a bunch of guys that are all on the same page. It's all coming together now.

That's exactly what I mean! Chemistry on the bench. You can't go wrong when everyone is thinking along the exact same lines...same goals, same game plan, same purpose, same determination to succeed! I'm really liking this blending of the coaching staff. I think the culture of the franchise is about to undertake a major shift, folks.

Anthem
06-09-2007, 09:26 PM
As long as Danny Granger doesn't come knocking at his door...
Wrong. Funny, but wrong.























EDIT: But really, really funny.

ChicagoJ
06-09-2007, 11:57 PM
Somebody needs to bookmark this thread for next year's awards. And MR and Btown haven't even contributed...

Naptown_Seth
06-10-2007, 02:15 PM
So, who all is supposedly on our coaching staff now? All I can remember is:

-Jim O'Brien
-Dick Harter
-Lester Conner
-Jay Defruscio

I remember two others being mentioned as most likely coming here and one of our current assistant coaches is staying, but I can't think of their names.
One thing with Harter and Defruscio is that they both are older and more experienced. That seems to be the trend so far doesn't it? Not a lot of "let's relate to the players" and more of a "let's be coaches/father figures to them".

Not saying good or bad, just noting the direction they seem to be taking. While I hated them dumping Rick, I don't dislike JOB and I am curious at least to see what he can do. With the current roster my expectations aren't that high so JOB will get some clearance from me for a year or 2.


edit - although as others have mentioned, bringing in a college coach might mean that he is the guy slated to relate to/teach the younger players.

also, a coach can learn to coach at any level. Reducing the talent you're using doesn't make it easier on you, it just alters some of the strategies you have to come up with. Sure he might not have NBA tricks up his sleeve, but he will understand the game and did so enough to win games at his level.

I mean here we are, a bunch of non-coaches as far as I know, discussing the various strategies and team concepts around the Pacers and the NBA, but this dude will be lost and confused in the "big city".

Reminds me of the schmucks we met at dinner one night in NYC. These 2 had NEVER left the city, but they figured Hoosiers in NYC were confused and blown away. We didn't rip on them but all night we were thinking "you realize London is hella bigger than NYC and that we've been to LA, Chicago and Houston, along with a lot of the rest of the world".

In other words, why is a college coach "trapped" in WV with no way of experiencing the rest of the world and the lifestyles of the well-off? So this guy drives out to his suburbs house and a player goes over to his Conrad penthouse, wow, he's going to be star struck. Hardly.

Whatever kid, just come over that screen tighter next time.