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Randy Livingston To Return As Idaho Stampede Head Coach Next Season

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Former NBA player Randy Livingston will return to the Idaho Stampede as head coach next season as the two sides have to an agreement on a one-year contract extension for the 2011-12 season, the team announced Thursday.

Livingston led the Stampede to a 24-26 record this season, his first as a head coach, after beginning the year 0-7 before the addition of former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker.

"I'm thrilled to re-sign with the Idaho Stampede," Livingston said in a press release. "The Treasure Valley is a second home to me and I'm ready to get the season rolling after missing the playoffs last year. This is a first class organization and I expect us to be playing in the postseason next year."

It makes sense that Livingston's comfortable in Idaho as he still is at the top of the Stampede's leaderboard in points, games, assists and steals after playing there on multiple occasions in between NBA stops.

I'm a bit disappointed they didn't make this announcement on Randy Livingston Day last month, but if you're anything like me, you'll probably be just fine once you're lounging in your gameworn Randy Livingston Chicago Stags warm-up jacket while reading the 1991 Newman High School yearbook featuring Coach Liv and two of the three Manning brothers.

No word on associate head coach Joel Abelson returning, presumably because he's in the market for either a D-League head coaching job or as an NBA assistant.