BOISE, ID, June 2, 2010–The Idaho Stampede announced the hiring of Randy Livingston as the eighth head coach in the team’s thirteen-year history today.

“Randy Livingston represents what the NBA Development League is all about,” said Stampede Managing Investor, Bill Ilett. “He has been a champion as a player, an assistant coach with two quality franchises, and now a head coach with the NBA Development League. We are thrilled to have this true champion rejoining our staff.”

A native of New Orleans, Livingston attended Louisiana State University for two years. Despite a college career plagued by injuries, Livingston made it to the NBA as a second-round draft pick of the Houston Rockets in 1996 and appeared in 64 games as a rookie.

Over the next 11 seasons, Livingston played with the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, and the Utah Jazz. Livingston also spent some time in the Turkish basketball league playing for Galatasaray.

In between his NBA contracts and overseas travel, he had several stints in the CBA and NBA Development League playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Idaho Stampede. Livingston was a member of the 2003-04 CBA All-League Second Team and the 2006-07 All NBA D-League First Team. He was also named the NBA D-League's Most Valuable Player for the 2006-07 season. In addition to his successful minor league basketball career, Livingston was called up to the NBA 19 times during his tenure.

Livingston announced his retirement from playing basketball at the end of the 2007-08 NBA D-League season. This announcement came after he helped lead the Stampede to the 2008 NBA D-League Championship where the team clinched the series 2-1 over the Austin Toros. Livingston ended his playing career as the Stampede’s leader in points scored (2,428), assists (1,517) and games played (163).

“We are very fortunate to have secured a coach with such perfect credentials,” said President Steve Brandes. "Having played and coached here, Randy understands the culture of the Stampede. As a former NBA D-League MVP and Idaho’s team captain for the 2008 Championship team, he understands what is necessary to win both on and off the court. We know the Treasure Valley will be just as excited as we are to welcome him home.”

Although always a player-coach at heart, Livingston began his off-court career for the 2008-09 season with the Idaho Stampede as an assistant coach under then Head Coach, Bryan Gates. During this season his number 32 jersey was retired and April 10, 2009 was proclaimed Randy Livingston Day in Boise. After one season with the Stampede he moved to Portland, Maine to work as an assistant coach with the Red Claws under Head Coach, Austin Ainge. With this announcement, Livingston will be the first player in NBA D-League history to have moved from player to assistant coach, and now to a head coach.

“I’m ecstatic to be joining the Stampede as the new head coach and returning to Idaho which I have always considered a second home.” said Livingston. “After my experience with successful head coaches, Bryan Gates and Austin Ainge, I am confident I will be able to continue the winning tradition of the Idaho Stampede.

Livingston was the first scholarship recipient named through a partnership between the NBA D-League and the University of Phoenix where he will graduate with his bachelor’s degree in Business Communications. He will then reside in Boise.