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    http://www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=v...&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.
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    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.

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    Boy - things just keep coming from out of nowhere.
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    Well, at least that's a lot better than Leonard Perry.
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    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.

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    He's got a cool name. Good enough for me.

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    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



    Jay Defruscio
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    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).

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    He has a kid named "Hooter"?
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    He has a kid named "Hooter"?
    Yeah, so we have the molester and a coach with a kid named Hooter.

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    Where the **** is Wheeling Jesuit University?

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

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    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...

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
    You know how hippos are made out to be sweet and silly, like big cows, but are actually extremely dangerous and can kill you with stunning brutality? The Pacers are the NBA's hippos....Matt Moore CBS Sports....

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    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
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    Wheeling Jesuit University.

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


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    its good to know where indiana stands

    orlando
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    That made me laugh out loud.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
    You know how hippos are made out to be sweet and silly, like big cows, but are actually extremely dangerous and can kill you with stunning brutality? The Pacers are the NBA's hippos....Matt Moore CBS Sports....

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    Ok so that's Dick Harter, Hooter, The Molester, and Vogel the Video Man. Oh boy...

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    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.

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