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July 3, 2003 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Family. Education. Basketball. Those are the things that seem to interest Randy Ayers the most. Of course, basketball may have gained a bit on the other two on June 20, when Ayers was named the 18th head coach of the 76ers. Family and education have been recurring themes throughout Ayers' life. In fact, Ayers wanted to be a superintendent of schools before he got into coaching, and he holds a master's degree in education. Ayers, 47, may be outcoached in a game or two next season, but he likely won't be outsmarted.
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July 24, 1999 | By Kevin Tatum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Randy Ayers had everybody's attention. Surrounded by almost two dozen hopeful basketball players yesterday at the Community College of Philadelphia, the assistant coach was letting them know what was expected on the second day of the 76ers' rookie/free-agent camp. With head coach Larry Brown in Puerto Rico, guiding the U.S. team in an Olympic qualifying tournament, Ayers had taken over the reins for the time being. "I'm a lot more involved than when Coach is here," Ayers said with a smile.
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February 11, 2004 | By Ashley McGeachy Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
76ers president Billy King refused to enumerate the reasons why he fired Randy Ayers yesterday, but atop the list had to be Ayers' inability to handle growing problems with Glenn Robinson. The Big Dog has been barking a lot lately, mostly about his minutes and the defensive expectations Ayers placed upon him. The situation escalated on Sunday against New Jersey when Ayers pulled Robinson off the court toward the end of the first quarter, only for Robinson to sit, belligerent and alone, on the bench during a time-out.
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March 19, 1992 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Randy Ayers doesn't need to say a word. A soft clap with his hands. A raised eyebrow. A slow nod of his head. Each of those gestures, barely noticeable, brought a swift reaction from his basketball players. Better defense. Sharper cuts. A more spirited layup drill. "Coach Ayers isn't much for all that shouting stuff," said Buckeyes forward Chris Jent. "But everybody respects him so much that we'd feel bad if we made him raise his voice to us. " In this age of mega-contracts and TV and radio shows for college basketball coaches, it seems, sometimes, as though the players fade into the background as nothing more than interchangeable pieces.
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July 10, 2009 | By Kate Fagan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
According to a source close to the situation, 76ers head coach Eddie Jordan is expected to fill the last spot on his coaching staff with former Sixers head coach Randy Ayers. Jordan's staff already includes longtime assistant Mike O'Koren, who was with Jordan during his tenure with the Washington Wizards, and Aaron McKie and Jimmy Lynam, both assistants under Maurice Cheeks and Tony DiLeo last season. Ayers, 51, coached the Sixers for 52 games during the 2003-04 season, going 21-31 before being fired midseason and replaced by Chris Ford.
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July 14, 2001 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
A decision on whether 76ers assistant coach Randy Ayers and former St. Joseph's University and Sixers head coach Jimmy Lynam will join the staff of new Portland Trail Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks is expected in the next few days, according to league sources. Cheeks, who served for the last seven seasons as assistant coach with the Sixers, was named head coach in Portland on June 27. It is Cheeks' first head coaching job. He succeeded Mike Dunleavy. Ayers, an assistant with the Sixers for four seasons and a former head coach at Ohio State, interviewed with Cheeks earlier this week.
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June 20, 2003 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He wasn't the first choice, or even the second or third choice for that matter, but perseverance has paid off for Randy Ayers. The loyal assistant for six seasons under Larry Brown is about to succeed the man who gave him his first chance to coach in the NBA. The 76ers have a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. today to announce that Ayers has been hired as their head coach, according to sources close to the situation. This ends a sometimes frustrating search for Brown's successor and is the first major move in the Billy King era. For six years King served as general manager and operated under the shadow of Brown, who as head coach and vice president of basketball operations had the final say on personnel decisions.
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March 22, 2001 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the NCAA East Regional in town, and Temple striving to advance in Atlanta, La Salle athletic director Tom Brennan is proceeding quietly as a search committee of one seeking a new head basketball coach for the Explorers. Brennan said yesterday that there has been plenty of interest in the coaching vacancy, created March 9 when Speedy Morris was fired after becoming the school's winningest coach over a 15-year career. The AD would not comment on the number of people interviewed or any names of people with whom he has discussed the job. Randy Ayers, an assistant coach with the 76ers and the former head coach at Ohio State, has confirmed he interviewed for the position.
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July 23, 1998 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Larry Brown wants his assistant coaches with the 76ers to handle a full spectrum of duties. Randy Ayers is the latest to get that opportunity. In a move that had been expected since assistant Mark Turgeon resigned April 3 to become the head coach at Jacksonville (Ala.) State, the Sixers have promoted Ayers. Ayers, who spent 18 seasons in college coaching, joined the team last season as the physical conditioning coach. He joins Garfield Heard, John Kuester and Maurice Cheeks on the staff.
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March 17, 2001 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Randy Ayers, in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the 76ers, is a candidate for the vacant head-coaching job at La Salle University. Ayers confirmed he went through a 2-hour interview yesterday in Center City with Explorers athletic director Tom Brennan. The meeting came after Brennan, searching for a successor to the fired Speedy Morris, left a voice-mail message for Ayers earlier in the week. Ayers, who coached Ohio State to a 124-108 record in four seasons and was named the 1991 national Coach of the Year by the Associated Press and the Black Coaches Association, remained unsure about his level of interest.
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October 25, 2011 | BY BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
IN WHAT is sure to be a common occurrence among NBA teams as the lockout continues, the 76ers yesterday let go of two of their employees - NBA scouts John Nash and Chris Ford. At a news conference last Tuesday when the new ownership of the team was introduced, it was announced that general manager Ed Stefanski had been released of his duties. "I've had the good fortune to do this for a long time," Nash said last night. "I've been general manager for four different teams [Sixers, New Jersey, Portland and Washington]
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July 10, 2009 | By Kate Fagan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
According to a source close to the situation, 76ers head coach Eddie Jordan is expected to fill the last spot on his coaching staff with former Sixers head coach Randy Ayers. Jordan's staff already includes longtime assistant Mike O'Koren, who was with Jordan during his tenure with the Washington Wizards, and Aaron McKie and Jimmy Lynam, both assistants under Maurice Cheeks and Tony DiLeo last season. Ayers, 51, coached the Sixers for 52 games during the 2003-04 season, going 21-31 before being fired midseason and replaced by Chris Ford.
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December 10, 2006 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Randy Ayers and Maurice Cheeks are close friends with one common bond: Both dealt with Allen Iverson as an assistant coach with the 76ers and as the team's head coach. Which is why Ayers, now an Orlando Magic assistant coach who spent four seasons with Cheeks on Larry Brown's staff with the Sixers, hopes Cheeks will survive the current turmoil unscathed. "The person I worry about the most is Mo," Ayers said last night before the Magic took on the Iverson-less Sixers. "I hope things work out for him and that he gets to do the job he wants to do. " Upon orders from Cheeks, Iverson missed his second straight game last night as he awaits what appears to be an inevitable trade from the Sixers after 10-plus seasons with the team.
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January 27, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Randy Ayers looked up at the empty Wachovia Center yesterday morning and smiled. This was a familiar place he hadn't visited in nearly two years, since being fired as head coach of the 76ers on Feb. 10, 2004. Now Ayers was back as an assistant coach of the Orlando Magic, who beat the Sixers, 119-115, last night at the place Ayers once called home. "I said when I was fired that I had a lot of good times and a lot of good basketball moments in this building," Ayers said during yesterday's shoot-around.
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May 30, 2005 | FROM INQUIRER NEWS SERVICES
Larry Brown has all but agreed to take over as the head of basketball operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers after the Detroit Pistons finish their playoff run, the New York Daily News reported, citing several league sources. While Brown has not given his official word to the Pistons and still could have second thoughts about jumping to the Cavaliers, he reportedly has started assembling his front-office personnel and coaching staff in anticipation of a move. The Cavs and Brown refused to comment yesterday.
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May 24, 2005 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Maurice Cheeks didn't hide his enthusiasm for the chance to interview for the 76ers' head coaching job two years ago. That was after Larry Brown had resigned, shortly after the 76ers were eliminated in the second round of the NBA playoffs by the Detroit Pistons. Brown became the Pistons' head coach the next week. Cheeks had just completed his second season as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2003 and was under contract for one year and a team option for another season.
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January 17, 2005 | By Jeff McLane and Rob Parent INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Word travels fast - as fast as a jet traveling from Philadelphia to Detroit. And the legend of Episcopal Academy vs. Germantown Academy in Friday's classic continues. During his pregame roundtable with reporters before Saturday night's game against the 76ers, his former team, Detroit Pistons head coach Larry Brown spoke fondly of his time in Philadelphia and mentioned that his young son is still angry with him for moving away. His son attended Episcopal, which prompted a discussion of Friday's Inter-Ac League thriller.
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November 2, 2004 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Allen Iverson vowed on the first day of the 76ers' training camp last month to lead with his actions more than his words. Hearing that, Iverson-watchers scratched their heads. Iverson seems to begin every preseason by saying he will lead his team and support his teammates. Then he falls well short of those intentions, even if he does score a lot of points and win fans league-wide. Well, if this preseason was any indication, meet the improved Allen Iverson. He has delighted Jim O'Brien - the fifth head coach for whom he is playing with the Sixers and in the NBA - with his leadership on the floor.
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June 10, 2004 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The bright smile, so often missing during his final days as the 76ers' head coach, has returned. So has the love of basketball, which actually never left. Randy Ayers walked into the Moody Bible Institute during last night's NBA pre-draft camp and was immediately greeted by a line of well-wishers, led by former assistant coaching colleague and current Portland Trail Blazers head coach Maurice Cheeks. Ayers was once again in his element. It has been four months to the day since Ayers was fired on Feb. 10 in his first season as 76ers head coach, 52 games (21-31)
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May 6, 2004 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Junior Ryan Ayers, who helped lead the Germantown Academy boys' basketball team to a 24-8 record last season, said yesterday that he has given an oral commitment to Notre Dame. The 6-foot-7 Ayers, son of former Ohio State and 76ers head coach Randy Ayers, said he chose the Fighting Irish over Virginia. He also had considered Villanova, Maryland and Stanford. "I decided Notre Dame is the right place for me," Ayers said. "I have a great relationship and comfort level with coach [Mike]
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