Wake Introduces Colorado's Bzdelik As Head Coach

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Jeff Bzdelik has been announced as the new basketball coach at Wake Forest, ending a weeklong search for a replacement for Dino Gaudio.

Athletic director Ron Wellman said Wednesday that Bzdelik "first and foremost ... understands Wake Forest." The former coach at Air Force and the NBA's Denver Nuggets left Colorado after three seasons, where he was 36-58.

The 57-year-old Bzdelik said current assistants Jeff Battle and Rusty LaRue will remain on his staff. Gaudio was fired because of what Wellman described as a pattern of late-season fades.

Bzdelik was the only known candidate for the job, arrived in Winston-Salem on Monday and spent two days on campus interviewing and touring. He called Wake Forest "my dream job."

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