Friday , Jun , 17 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Timberwolves hire Casey as new head coach

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Dwane Casey was hired as the new head coach
of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.

Casey comes to Minnesota after spending 11 years on the coaching staff of the
Seattle SuperSonics, including the last four as associate head coach. Prior to
joining Seattle for the 1994-95 campaign, he served as a head coach in Japan
for five years.

The 48-year-old Casey starred at the University of Kentucky and helped the
Wildcats to a national championship in 1978. He then began his coaching career
at the school in 1979 as a graduate assistant.

Casey later became an assistant under Clem Haskins at Western Kentucky
(1980-85), before serving on Eddie Sutton’s staff at Kentucky from 1985-1990.

Minnesota was in need of a full-time head coach after Flip Saunders was fired
in mid-February. The Timberwolves were 25-26 when Saunders was dismissed and
vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale took over for the
remainder of the 2004-05 campaign.

Minnesota ended the season 44-38 and failed to qualify for the postseason for
the first time since 1996. McHale stated all along that he did not want the
head coaching job on a permanent basis.