Pistons hire Van Gundy as coach, president
The Detroit Pistons officially announced Stan Van Gundy’s hiring Wednesday as their new coach and president of basketball operations.
The team will introduce Van Gundy at a news conference today. Detroit went 29-53 last season, missing the playoffs for a fifth straight year. That was the end of Joe Dumars’ tenure as team president. Coach Maurice Cheeks was fired in February.
Van Gundy agreed to a $35 million, five-year contract. He is 371-208 in seven-plus seasons as a coach with Miami and Orlando and reached the NBA finals in 2009 with the Magic.
Marshall running back Butler jailed in error
Marshall running back Steward Butler was erroneously detained for six hours Wednesday morning at the Western Regional Jail on an outstanding warrant in cases that had been dismissed in 2012.
Butler was booked at 4:40 a.m. and released at 10:45 a.m., after the error was discovered. The dismissed cases and the related warrant had not been deleted from the records at the Cabell County courthouse.
A felony charge of receiving and transferring stolen property was dismissed on July 10, 2012 at the victim’s request. Later, a misdemeanor battery charge was dismissed on October 25, 2012, with no reason listed.
Hamlin’s Boggess named Marquette aide
Hamlin native Ginny Boggess has been named as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Marquette, a school official confirmed Wednesday.
Boggess, a 1999 Hamlin High grad and an all-state player, will work under Carolyn Kieger, named new coach at the Big East school on May 1. Boggess spent the last season at Columbia, and the five seasons before that at Jacksonville.
She is a 2003 graduate of Wingate, where she received a degree in communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. She was a four-year starter, helping lead the Bulldogs to the 2001 Division II tournament.
— from staff, wire reports