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July 13, 2000

??Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa assistant women's basketball coach Mike Shepherd has resigned his coaching post to rejoin Lon Kruger as a member of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks coaching staff. It was announced today by University of Tulsa Head Women's Basketball Coach Kathy McConnell-Miller.

??A 14-year veteran of the college coaching ranks, Shepherd rejoins Kruger's staff after spending last season as an assistant coach at Tulsa. He will serve as an advanced scout for the Hawks.

??"I've enjoyed both my time in Tulsa and the opportunity Kathy gave me to come here," Shepherd said. "I feel like we made great progress last year and have started a strong foundation for the Tulsa women's basketball program.

??"The opportunity to work in the NBA and with a person I have spent 13 years with is a once in a lifetime chance."

??Shepherd joined McConnell-Miller's coaching staff prior to the 1999-2000 campaign and helped Tulsa to the second best season in school history. The Hurricane completed the season 14-15 overall and advanced to the second round of the 2000 Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

??"I am extremely excited for Mike and his advancement to the NBA," McConnell-Miller said. "Working with Lon Kruger and his position with the Atlanta Hawks is the opportunity of a lifetime. He will be missed by our staff, team and the entire TU family."

??Prior to Tulsa, Shepherd served in various capacities under Kruger at Illiinois. In his tenures at Florida and Illinois, Shepherd helped the Kruger-coached teams compile a 163-118 record from 1991-99. In three seasons at Illinois, the Fighting Illini registered a 59-38 record and made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

??Shepherd, 33, began his relationship with Kruger as a basketball manager at Kansas State from 1987-90. He traveled to Florida with Kruger and served as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons (1991-92). He spent two years as an administrative assistant at Florida. Shepherd was elevated to an assistant coaching position with the Gators prior to the 1994-95 season and served in that capacity for two years before moving to Illinois.

??From 1994 to 1999, he was a part of four NCAA Tournament teams including Florida's Final Four team in 1994, two NITs, the 1998 Big Ten Championship team and the 1999 Big Ten Tournament runner-up squad.

??A native Burlingame, Kansas, Shepherd earned his bachelor's degree in 1990 from Kansas State in social science.