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Klucas Named Vice President Basketball Operations/Head Coach

April 12, 2005 - All American Professional Basketball League (AAPBL) - Hutchinson BallHogs News Release

(Cedar Rapids, IA) – One of the most successful coaches in minor league basketball, Bill Klucas, was introduced as the Vice President of Basketball Operations / Head Coach for the Cedar Rapids Ball Hogs of the All American Professional Basketball League.

“This announcement is a giant step forward for the Cedar Rapids Ball Hogs and the AAPBL,” said League President and CEO, Worth Christie. “Bill Klucas brings the entire package to our operation, he is a proven winner who loves coaching at this level.” “Additionally, his scouting work for the NBA gives us a coach who is very well known and respected throughout NBA circles and as a result brings a tremendous amount of credibility in professional basketball to the AAPBL.”

“I am excited about the prospects of the Cedar Rapids Ball Hogs and the All American Professional Basketball League,” said Klucas. “The challenge of not only putting together a team but to be involved in the development of an entire league is something I am really looking forward to.” “This league has a very good business plan that has produced positive feedback from NBA officials which in turn will help us greatly in attracting very good players.”

Klucas brings nearly 30 years of collegiate, international and professional coaching experience to his post with the Ball Hogs. During his 16 years as a head coach (including five (5) years in the dual role of coach-general manager) in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), Klucas ranks fourth all-time in wins. Three times Klucas was selected to coach CBA All-Star games and his teams played in three (3) championship series – winning one championship and coach of the year honors.

In 10 full season as a CBA coach, Klucas compiled a 221-207 record. Several times he has left NBA scouting assignments to take over CBA teams during the season. His overall record is 270-298. Approximately 30 of his former players advanced to play in the NBA.

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