April 21, 2011

Coach Hayford Picks Coaching Staff

Eastern Washington University's new head men's basketball coach Jim Hayford announced on Tuesday his coaching staff.

Joining him on the sidelines will be Craig Fortier, Craig Ehlo and Shantay Legans.

Hired as EWU's associate head coach, Fortier spent the past four seasons as Hayford's lead assistant at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. During Fortier's four years at Whitworth, the Pirates won 98 of 116 games for a winning rate of 84.5 percent. In the 2010-11 season, the Pirates finished 28-2 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Sectional Final (Elite Eight) for the first time in school history. At the same time, his wife Lisa was on the coaching staff for the Gonzaga women's team, which advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division I Tournament and finished 31-5.

Ehlo brings to Eastern 14 years of experience as a player in the National Basketball Association -- including playoff appearances in 10 of those seasons. Ehlo has also spent three seasons as a high school basketball head coach and six years working with one of the nation's most esteemed camp programs, the Nike Skills Academy, led by such current NBA superstars as LeBron James, Steve Nash and Vince Carter.

The lone holdover from Eastern's previous coaching staff is Shantay Legans, who enters his third season as an EWU assistant coach.

You can read more about the new coaching staff over at goeags.com.

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