July 3, 2003 |
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.
July 24, 1999 |
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.
February 11, 2004 |
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.
March 19, 1992 |
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.
July 10, 2009 |
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.
July 14, 2001 |
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.
June 20, 2003 |
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.
March 22, 2001 |
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.
July 23, 1998 |
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.
October 25, 2011 |
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]