BOISE, IDAHO (July 28, 2006) – The Idaho Stampede announced the hiring of Bryan Gates as the sixth Head Coach in franchise history today. Gates will be entering his seventh overall season with the Stampede, serving in various roles since the inception of the franchise and bolsters a resume that includes coaching in five professional basketball leagues. Gates’ overall head coaching record is 131-68, a .668 winning percentage.

“I’m very excited to be back with the Stampede for the organization’s transition to the NBA Development League,” said Gates. “We are ready for the new challenges and excitement that comes with the NBA affiliation of the Sonics and Jazz.”

Gates has fine tuned his coaching skills under former Stampede Head Coaches; Bobby Dye, Russ Bergman, Rory White and Larry Krystkowiak. During the 2005-06 season, Gates was an Assistant Coach in the NBA Development League with the Austin Toros, working under former NBA player and current Toros Head Coach Dennis Johnson.

“I hate losing him here in Austin,” said Dennis Johnson, “but I think that he will be an excellent Head Coach. His qualities of communication with players, patience and knowledge of the game are going to stand out in crunch time.”

Gates began his career with the Stampede as a coaching intern under Head Coach Bobby Dye during the first season of the organization in 1997. He left the team after the 1997-98 season to become the Assistant General Manager and Assistant Coach of the IBA’s Rapid City Thrillers. He then returned to the Stampede as the Assistant Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons.

After completing his assistant coaching duties for the Stampede in 2000, Gates was named Head Coach of the USBL’s Oklahoma Storm. He guided the Storm to one of the best expansion team seasons in league history, which included a playoff run that ended in the championship game. He then returned to the Stampede for the 2000-01 season as an Assistant Coach and helped guide the team to the best record in the CBA.

Gates returned to Oklahoma again in 2001, and led the team to the Southern Conference Championship with a 20-10 record. In his four seasons with the Storm, Gates won three division titles, made the final playoff series once, won USBL Coach of the Year in 2006 and is seventh in all-time wins in USBL history.

After finishing the 2002-03 season as an Assistant Coach with the Stampede, Gates was named Head Coach of the Carolinas Basketball League’s Hickory Nutz. He led the Nutz to a perfect 23-0 record and the CBL Championship. He was also honored as league’s Coach of the Year.

During the 2004-05 season, Gates spent his winter months with the Blue Stars in Beirut, Lebanon. He led the Blue Stars to a 21-6 record, finishing with three Final Fours in three international tournaments.

“Bringing Coach Gates on board this season is a huge success for us,” said Steve Brandes, Stampede General Manager. “We feel his track record of winning and success on the court will add to the excitement of our transition to the NBA Development League. It’s great to have a coach with such a strong tie to the Treasure Valley and who cares so deeply about the goodwill and involvement in our community.”

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Coach Gates attended Boise State University from 1991-96. He currently resides in Boise.

The Idaho Stampede will begin its ninth season-of-play on Friday, November 24 at Qwest Arena as a member of the NBA Development League. Individuals and businesses interested in purchasing season tickets or to learn more about the upcoming season, may contact the Idaho Stampede office at 208-388-HOOP (4667) or visit