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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  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Apr 14, 2010 at 03:02 PM
    This brings back so many good memories. Remember, NC State fired Herb and look where they are now. The ACC continues to get weaker. Bad choice in my opnion.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:46 AM
    This is really frustrating...Wake Forest is on the cusp of being a top-10 basketball team every year and usually recruit pretty well (Tim Duncan, Muggsy Bogues, Chris Paul to name a few). Dino Gaudio wasn't an awesome coach or anything but to fire him for a guy who failed in the NBA and has a bad coaching record at Colorado makes zero sense. Based on their logic, Ricky Stokes was a good candidate too! I know this guy had a decent record at Air Force but that was only cause they played like Dook and manipulated the game via raining nothing but 3-pointers. On the other hand, I've never heard a single word about the Coloroado basketball team ever in my life so maybe winning 15 games for them last year was an amazing season by their standards and this guy is a good coach afterall, but that remains to be seen. I wish Skip Prosser was still alive...

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