Spirit owner delays decision on new coach

April 26, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Although Mike Stankovic remains the leading candidate to replace Kenny Cooper as Spirit coach, the selection process is being delayed at the request of owner Bill Stealey.

"Bill and Mike have had a series of interviews," said Cooper, still the Spirit president and general manager. "Bill is interested in Mike, but he's got a hectic schedule because of his other business interests and doesn't want to be rushed on this."

Stealey has instructed Stankovic to make a written presentation to him on May 11 on the Spirit's work and practice ethics and its offensive philosophy.

It disturbs Stealey that the Spirit started fast each of the past two seasons but lagged in the second half, losing in the first round of the NPSL playoffs both times to the Harrisburg Heat.

"We need to find a way to be peaking two-thirds of the way through the season rather than slowing down," Stealey said.

Stealey has talked to two other men about the position, but declines to name them. Jim Pollihan, who played and coached under Cooper and is now Harrisburg's head coach, says he has not been contacted by the Spirit.

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