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Loyola's Stiebing accepts position in China's National Basketball League

January 15, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans assistant men’s basketball coach Joey Stiebing resigned from his position at the university last week to join the Sichuan Jinqiang Basketball Club of the National Basketball League in China.

Stiebing will serve as head coach for Sichuan Jinqiang, an expansion team in the NBL. The NBL is the development league for China’s premier league, the Chinese Basketball Association. Stiebing, who was in his third season at Loyola, came to the Wolfpack from Qatar where he coached the country’s national team. He led their squad to a third place finish at the Asian Championships in 2005 and an appearance at the World Basketball Championships in 2006. He ended his stint in Qatar with a 125-60 overall record and a second place finish in the 2006 Asian Games- the best in the country’s history. In the summer of 2008, Stiebing helped with the basketball tour of Athletes in Action traveling to South Africa and Mozambique.

Before coaching abroad, Stiebing was the head coach at the University of New Orleans from 1997-2001. In his four seasons with the Privateers, he amassed a 57-58 record. In 2001, he was named Sun Belt Conference coach of the year as the Privateers finished with a 17-12 mark. He was an assistant at UNO from 1990-97, serving under Tim Floyd and Tic Price.

Prior to UNO, Stiebing led Archbishop Shaw High School to a state championship in 1989.

"We will certainly miss Joey’s presence in our program as he has been a tremendous asset to Loyola," said Loyola athletic director and head men’s basketball coach Dr. Michael Giorlando. "This is an opportunity of a lifetime in a place where professional basketball is growing immensely. We’re happy for Joey and his family and wish him the best of luck in his new opportunity."

"I will always cherish my time at Loyola," Stiebing said. "It was a fantastic experience and I really enjoyed working with Giorlando, the staff, and the players we had in my three seasons. I have built many friendships in my time here and expect big things from the Loyola program in the future."

For more information on Wolfpack Athletics, contact Brett Simpson at 504-864-864-7396 or bsimpson@loyno.edu.

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