Dement took team to Division I

Updated: April 8, 2005, 5:57 PM ET
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Mike Dement was hired Friday as the UNC-Greensboro basketball coach, returning to the school he coached from 1991-95 when it first moved to Division I.

He replaces Fran McCaffery, who was named Siena's coach last week.

Dement led the Spartans to the Big South regular-season title in 1995 before heading to SMU. He was fired by the Mustangs in February 2004 after going 138-120 in nine seasons and failing to reach the NCAA Tournament.

"I am really excited about being back here," he said. "I like this team. Having seen them at practice and in games this past season, I know them very well. This team has chemistry, and, as a coach, you get excited working with a team like that."

Dement started his college coaching career as an assistant under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke from 1982-83, then went to Cornell and East Carolina. He got his first head coaching job with Cornell in 1986 before coming to UNC-Greensboro.

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