Dan Majerle to coach Grand Canyon


majerle-sunsRuss Pennell has resigned as head basketball coach at Grand Canyon, and former Phoenix Suns star Dan Majerle says he is taking the job.

Majerle made the comments to Phoenix television station KTVK. Grand Canyon is to begin the transition to NCAA Division I next season.

While Grand Canyon would not confirm the hiring, the school scheduled a news conference on Monday morning to announce the new coach.

Majerle was an assistant to Suns coach Alvin Gentry but resigned when he was passed over for the interim job when Gentry was fired earlier this year.

Majerle was a three time NBA All-Star, and played for the U.S. Dream team 2 in 1994.

Majerle spent his first 7 seasons with Phoenix Suns, and also played for Cleveland Cavaliers, and Miami Heat in his career.

He averaged career high 17.3 ppg for Phoenix during the 1991-92 NBA season.

Majerle holds career averages of 11.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.9 apg in 955 career NBA games, 454 of which he started.

Grand Canyon begins competition next season in the Western Athletic Conference but will not be eligible for postseason play for four years under NCAA rules.

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