Bob MacKinnon named Idaho Stampede Coach

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BOISE - The Idaho Stampede have hired Bob MacKinnon as the team's seventh head coach.

MacKinnon led the Colorado 14ers to the NBADL Championship in 2008-2009, a team that was known for a run-and-gun style of play averaging over 120 points per game.

MacKinnon comes to Boise with a long collegiate coaching resume, most recently as an assistant at Marshall University. He's also coached at the University of North Carolina, part of the 2002 coaching staff that oversaw an 18-game winning streak. MacKinnon left UNC in 2003 for Marshall, but was credited with helping recruit players to the Tarheels that contributed to the team's 2005 NCAA National Championship.

MacKinnon's collegiate coaching career also included stops at Mercyhurst College, George Washington University and Niagara. He took over as head coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1997 and won a pair of Skyline Conference Titles. He was also named the 1999 Skyline Conference Coach-of-the-Year.

Former Stampede coach Larry Krystkowiak was a finalist for the job as well, but his fluxuating chances with several different NBA franchises ultimately kept him from the position.

"Larry and I obviously talked, and [he] wasn't sure what he wanted to do, and at the end of the day, the offer was made to coach Mac [MacKinnon]," said Stampede Managing Investor Bill Ilett, who led the coaching search alongside Stampede President Steve Brandes.

MacKinnon, the son of Bob MacKinnon, Sr. (long time coach and general manager with the New Jersey Nets and (now-defunct) Buffalo Braves of the NBA) brings a family of six to Boise, more on this story on sports 2night at 5:30 and 10p.m.