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Jeff Lebo Is New Chattanooga Coach

April 5, 2002

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) _ Jeff Lebo was hired as Chattanooga’s basketball coach Friday after a 27-7 season at Tennessee Tech, the best in school history.

Chattanooga also hired Steve Sloan as athletic director. He resigned as athletic director at Central Florida on Thursday.

Lebo, the former North Carolina player who spent a season in the NBA with San Antonio, replaces Henry Dickerson. Dickerson was reassigned to the Office of Student Affairs after a 16-14 season.

Lebo was 75-43 in four seasons at Tennessee Tech. The Golden Eagles last season won their second straight Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship and advanced to the NIT quarterfinals.

``We’ve had a great four years with Jeff,″ Tennessee Tech athletic director David Larimore said. ``I’m disappointed he’s going, but we’re ready to move on.″

Lebo’s new contract is a multiyear deal with incentives that could be worth more than $300,000 annually, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

Sloan replaces athletic director Oval Jaynes, who also was reassigned earlier this year. He and Lebo previously worked together at Vanderbilt.

Sloan directed Central Florida from Division I-AA to Division I-A.

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