Ruland to coach D-League's Albuquerque Thunderbirds

Updated: July 18, 2007, 11:41 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

For the second time in as many months, the NBA Development League filled a head coaching opening with a former college coach.

Tuesday, former Iona coach Jeff Ruland agreed to be the head coach of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, Ruland and team owner David Kahn of Southwest Basketball LLC told ESPN.com.

A news conference to announce Ruland's hiring is expected Wednesday.

Last month, Kahn hired former Missouri coach Quin Snyder to coach the Austin Toros. That came before Kahn's ...

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