Applin begins second stint at Wake Forest

Updated: April 21, 2004, 6:04 PM ET
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Fred Applin, who was an assistant and key recruiter at Texas the past six seasons, has been named associate head coach at Wake Forest.

Applin, a Roseboro, N.C., native, joins the staff of first-year Wake Forest coach Mike Petersen, who also has hired Amy Waugh, a former guard at Xavier (Ohio) and assistant coach at Youngstown State.

"I am delighted that Fred and Amy have joined our staff," said Petersen, who was named Wake Forest's coach April 2 after serving at Minnesota as the men's basketball associate head coach the past four years. "They bring a diversity of experience and will work well together in all phases within this program."

This marks Applin's second stint at Wake Forest, where he was an assistant from 1997-98 before joining Texas for the 1998-99 season. At Texas, Applin was primarily responsible for assisting with recruiting efforts. Texas signed seven high school All-Americans during that period, including Stacy Stephens, Heather Schreiber, Kala Bowers, Nina Norman, Tiffany Jackson, Kalee Carey and incoming freshman Erneisha Bailey.

During his tenure at Texas, the Longhorns made six NCAA Tournament appearances, with three Sweet 16 appearances the last three years, including a Final Four semifinal showing in 2003. The Longhorns went 138-59 the past six seasons, including a sparkling 59-11 mark the last two years.

"Fred has been a great contributor to our success the last several years," Texas coach Jody Conradt said. "We certainly are sorry to see him go, but I know his decision to leave Texas was based on what is the best for him and his family.

"I appreciate greatly all the time he spent in the recruiting circles and helping us build our program into one which can challenge for the national championship."

A national search for Applin's successor at Texas will begin immediately.