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Sting add Earl Cureton to coaching staff

August 6, 2005 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Charlotte Sting News Release

The Charlotte Sting have added Earl Cureton as an assistant coach, it was announced today by Sting President & Chief Operating Officer Ed Tapscott. Cureton joins Cheryl Reeve and Fred Chmiel on the bench under Head Coach Muggsy Bogues.

"I am glad to be able to add Earl Cureton to our coaching staff," said Bogues. "Earl has previous coaching experience in the ABA and he will be able to help develop our post players on the offensive end as well as help them be more effective on the boards."

Cureton, a 12-year NBA veteran, teamed with Bogues for two seasons with the Charlotte Hornets and appeared in all 82 games during the Hornets' inaugural season in 1988-89. Most recently, Cureton served as chief operating officer of basketball operations and head coach of the ABA's Orange County Crush in 2004-05. In 2003-04, he earned Coach of the Year honors as head coach of the ABA's Long Beach Jam. Additionally, Cureton has worked stints as a broadcaster and strength and conditioning coach with the Toronto Raptors.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for me and I am excited to reunite with Muggsy and join his staff," said Cureton. "I look forward to helping the Charlotte Sting restore their winning tradition."

A native of Detroit, Cureton was originally drafted in the third of ten rounds (58th overall) in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He also spent time with the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors during his NBA career, where he posted 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds over 674 games. Cureton won NBA Titles with Philadelphia and Houston.

Cureton began his collegiate career at Robert Morris College before transferring to play under then-head coach Dick Vitale at the University of Detroit Mercy. Cureton was drafted after his junior season at Detroit Mercy.

The Sting host the Detroit Shock tonight at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the game can be purchased at the Charlotte Coliseum Box Office, all TicketMaster locations, by calling 1-877-WNBA-TIX or by logging onto www.charlottesting.com. Fans can also download a schedule and obtain further ticket information at www.charlottesting.com.

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