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Bickerstaff tabbed coach of year

by IBL Press Release
June 7, 2001 - International Basketball League 1 (IBL 1)

BICKERSTAFF ANNOUNCED IBL COACH OF THE YEAR

IBL Press Release

Baltimore- The International Basketball League is pleased to announce that for the second consecutive season, St. Louis Swarm Head Coach Bernie Bickerstaff has been chosen for the IBL Coach of the Year award.

After winning this award last year with a record of 47-17 and a winning percentage of .734, Bickerstaff returned to lead the swarm to a 43-7 regular season record with a winning percentage of .860. The Swarm went 4-2 in the playoffs on their way to repeating as league champions. Over the last two seasons with the Swarm, Bickerstaff has amassed a regular season record of 90-24 with a winning percentage of .789, and a 9-2 record in post-season play.

Coach Bickerstaff just completed his 28th year in professional basketball. When he joined the St. Louis Swarm as head coach in 1999, he brought 26 years of basketball knowledge from the National Basketball Association.

He began his coaching career in 1973 with the Washington Bullets as the youngest assistant coach in the NBA at the age of 29. In the twelve years with the Bullets, Bickerstaff helped the team reach the post-season 10 times, and the NBA finals three times.

Coach Bickerstaff continued his NBA coaching career as head coach for ten seasons for three different teams: Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets and the Washington Wizards. In those ten seasons, Bickerstaff earned 338 victories, enough to put him in 32nd place among the NBA's winningest coaches list. He continues to stay active in the NBA by serving as a correspondent for NBA.com and as a color commentator for the San Antonio Spurs.

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