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Alan Magnani has been named head men's basketball coach at the University of Jamestown, announced Thursday.

Magnani (pronounced mun-YAWN-ee) takes over for Justin Wieck, who resigned after two years to become an assistant with NCAA Division II Minnesota State-Moorhead.

Magnani was hired in 1996 to head the Iowa Wesleyan men's program and turned it into a national contender, winning four Midwest Collegiate Conference championships and going to nationals in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011. He's the winningest coach in that program's history. He was a three-time conference coach of the year and a 2011 finalist for the Don Meyer national coach of the year award.

Magnani, who has coached 13 All-Americans, left Iowa Wesleyan after refusing to sign a support letter for the school's move from NAIA to NCAA Division III. The program was ranked 15th in the nation at the time.

Chris Aarhus
Aarhus has been a sportswriter for the Jamestown Sun since May of 2012. Prior to that, he was the sports editor at the Minot Daily News and The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D. He also worked as a sports writer at The Dickinson Press. He was honored as North Dakota's Sportswriter of the Year for 2014.
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