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Former St. Vincent basketball coach takes job with New Mexico

| Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Mike Iuzzolino, who spent three seasons on the coaching staff of the St. Vincent College men's basketball team, has been named director of men's basketball operations at New Mexico.

Iuzzolino, a former NBA guard who served as associate head men's coach at St. Vincent from 2010-12, was the director of basketball operations at Canisius during the 2012-13 season.

While at St. Vincent, Iuzzolino helped to lead the Bearcats to a total of 43 victories and two consecutive appearances in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals.

He and first-year New Mexico coach Craig “Noodles” Neal were teammates with the Fort Wayne Fury of the Continental Basketball Association in 1993-94.

“I admired him as a player in his two NBA seasons and several professional seasons in Europe,” Neal said of Iuzzolino. “He has always been a hard worker and will be a great asset to our program. We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber.”

Iuzzolino, 45, who played two seasons each at Penn State and St. Francis (Pa.), was drafted in the second round (35th overall) by the Dallas Mavericks in 1991. He averaged 9.0 points, 4.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 122 games during his two-year NBA career.

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