By Paul Morello
DES MOINES, IA - Drake University has hired a former Illinois State University assistant coach to head its men's basketball program.
Drake officials announced Thursday Ray Giacoletti will take over for Mark Phelps, who was fired after going 77-86 through five seasons.
Giacoletti was an assistant coach at ISU from 1990-93 under Bob Bender.
For the past six seasons, Giacoletti served as an assistant at Gonzaga University, where he helped lead the team to six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Giacoletti is a Peoria native.
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