and this per RealGM: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.
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.