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Magnani gets UJ men's basketball job

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.