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UC Riverside hires former K-State coach Wooldridge

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Jim Wooldridge, most recently the head
coach at Kansas State for six seasons, was hired Wednesday as men's
basketball coach at UC Riverside.

The 51-year-old Wooldridge has coached at the collegiate or
professional level for 29 years. Before coaching at Kansas State,
he was the head coach at Central Missouri State, Texas State and
Louisiana Tech. He also served as an assistant coach to Tim Floyd
with the Chicago Bulls in the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons.

Wooldridge was fired at Kansas State in March 2006 after the
Wildcats completed a 15-13 season. His Kansas State teams were
83-90. The Wildcats had winning records in each of his last two
seasons after six straight losing seasons.

Wooldridge has a 312-237 record in 19 years as a college head
coach. He didn't coach this past season.

"Jim Wooldridge brings a wealth of knowledge about what it
takes to build a program and to position a team to not only
compete, but to win," Stan Morrison, the UC Riverside director of
athletics, said in a statement. "His single focus will be
immediately apparent to his players, assistants, and colleagues in
the department.

"At the same time, he will be in our community in a number of
ways and he will serve as a wonderful ambassador of his program,
our department of athletics and our university."