STAMPEDE ADD TWO TO COACHING STAFF

BOISE, Idaho, August 11, 2010 – The Idaho Stampede announced today that Joel Abelson and Greg Minor have been added to the team’s coaching staff for the 2010-11 season.

"We are very fortunate to have two high caliber coaches join our staff," said Stampede Head Coach Randy Livingston. "Their experience and basketball knowledge will be very beneficial to our program. Joel is a tireless worker who has great experience as well as great player development skills. Greg is a strong coach with a wealth of playing experience and a unique ability to relate to young players. I am confident they will connect very well with our players and make this years Stampede team the best ever.”

Abelson returns to Boise as the new associate head coach after serving as the assistant coach of the Stampede under Bob MacKinnon last season and Bryan Gates during the 2008-09 season. Before joining the Stampede, he worked under head coach Joey Meyer with the Tulsa 66ers as an assistant coach. The University of Michigan graduate worked for the Charlotte Bobcats basketball operations in 2007 and at Abunassar Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, training NBA stars such as Baron Davis, Jermaine O’Neal, Chauncey Billups, and Paul Pierce. He spent this past summer training Daniel Orton, Hassan Whiteside and Yancy Gates, as well as coaching during the 2010 NBA Development League Pre-Draft Camp.

This will be Greg Minor’s first season with the Stampede as an assistant coach and third overall in the NBA D-League. Minor spent the 2008-09 season with the Tulsa 66ers and last season as an assistant coach with the Bakersfield Jam. The former NBA player was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1994 NBA draft and was traded to the Indiana Pacers later that summer. He was then released by the Pacers but signed as a free agent with the Boston Celtics where he played for five years. Minor competed in the 1996 NBA Slam Dunk Contest where he finished third overall.

Both coaches will reside in Boise.