Friday, June 23, 2006

Zeigler A Finalist For Central Michigan Job

By Bruin Basketball Report

UCLA assistant coach Ernie Zeigler is one of three finalists for the Central Michigan University head coach position.

The other two finalists are Michigan State assistant coach Mark Montgomery and Mott Community College head coach Steve Schmidt.

Zeigler, 40, is a Michigan native with strong ties to the area. He was born in Detroit, prepped at Detroit Cody High and played at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich., and Northwood University in Midland, Mich.

Starting his fourth season as an assistant at UCLA, Zeigler is a highly valued coach and recruiter for the Bruins.

It was Zeigler who discovered a little known high school player by the name of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute at Florida's Montverde Academy, and convinced UCLA coach Ben Howland to travel to Florida and have a closer look.

Zeigler also recruits for UCLA in the state of Michigan.

All three candidates for the Central Michigan University job were scheduled to have on-campus interviews this week.



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