Fritz Joins Skyforce Coaching Staff

Sioux Falls, S.D. (November 12, 2007) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that Tony Fritz has been named as an assistant coach for the 2007-08 season. He comes to Sioux Falls after serving in the same capacity with the back-to-back CBA Champion Yakama Sun Kings the past two seasons. Fritz replaces Bob Thornton who accepted a scouting position with the Seattle SuperSonics.

“We are excited about the hiring of Tony Fritz as our assistant coach for the upcoming season,” said head coach Nate Tibbetts. “He has a lot of experience in minor league basketball and has worked under some successful head coaches.”

Fritz was originally hired by the Sun Kings as a coaching intern when Paul Woolpert took over as head coach 32 games into the 1997-98 season. He was promoted to assistant coach the following season and remained on staff until the Sun Kings franchise was forced to shut down when the CBA ceased operations in February of 2001. The franchise returned for the 2002-03 season after a one-year hiatus and Fritz was hired to serve as the assistant coach for Bill Bayno. After teaching and coaching high school basketball for two seasons Fritz was reunited with Coach Woolpert in Yakima from 2004-06. He has been on the bench for four (‘00, ‘03, ’06, ’07) of the franchises five CBA championships.

The home opener is set for Saturday, Nov. 24 against the Tulsa 66ers. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Arena. The first 500 kids in attendance will receive a free Skyforce jersey courtesy of MetaBank. For information on group, season and single game tickets please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.