New Orleans hires Joey Stiebing as men’s basketball coach
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The University of New Orleans, which has made a practice of taking unknowns _ Tim Floyd, Tic Price, Benny Dees _ and turning out winning coaches for other programs, is at it again.
Joey Stiebing, a former UNO assistant, was hired as the new coach, the school announced Tuesday.
Stiebing, 35, served as an assistant for seven years under Price, who left last month to become Memphis’ head coach, and Floyd, who left in 1994 to become head coach at Iowa State.
``I learned from a couple of people who ran very disciplined, very defensive-oriented programs,″ Stiebing said. ``If we can continue to keep the things that we’ve been doing, we should be successful.″
UNO, 22-7 last season, has had 12 straight winning seasons, five straight 20-win seasons, and has won all or part of the Sun Belt Conference title seven times in the last 10 years. Only Murray State, with nine Ohio Valley titles, has won more Division I games during that time.
With its NIT bid this year, UNO qualified for a national postseason tournament for the ninth time in 11 years. The Privateers have played in five NIT tournaments and four NCAAs during that stretch.
Stiebing, is UNO’s ninth coach, sixth in the past 10 years. He has a five-year contract, which athletic director Ron Maestri said ``definitely″ has a buy-out clause in it. It is worth approximately $360,000.
``There certainly is, you can count on that,″ Maestri said.
UNO had no buy-out clause in Floyd’s contract when he left for Iowa State. It did have such a clause for Price, however, and the approximate $360,000 the school received is being used to upgrade the schedule, Maestri said.
UNO will play Iowa State, Villanova, Nebraska, Tulane and Old Dominion this year.
``Coach Maestri told me who was on the schedule and asked if I still wanted the job,″ Stiebing joked.
Stiebing had left UNO to go to Memphis with Price, but the longtime New Orleans resident said he was not happy with the move.
``I appreciate Tic Price giving me the opportunity to go to Memphis, but my heart was still here in New Orleans,″ Stiebing said. ``This is a dream come true for me. I’m in heaven.″
Stiebing was one of four to interview for the job. Also interviewed were Louisiana Tech coach Jim Woodridge, Iowa State assistant Stan Weaver and Kansas assistant Neil Dougherty.
UNO had only three seniors on its 12-man roster in 1996-97. Eight lettermen and one redshirt are eligible to return, including starters Eddie Washington at center, Corey Brown at guard and DeWaune Wesley.
Stiebing was UNO’s primary recruiter the past three seasons. He has two scholarships this spring and hopes to use them to sign a small forward and a point guard.
Before joining UNO, Stiebing coached Archbishop Shaw High of suburban Marrero to a 34-6 record and a Class 5-A state championship in 1989.