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    May 31, 2001

    Chicago, Ill. - UIC Head Baseball Coach Mike Dee lost a valuable member of his coaching staff when third base coach J.T. Bruett accepted a position as a compliance officer within the UIC Athletic Department.

    Dee, however, has brought in someone that will pick right up where Bruett left off.

    Former big leaguer Scott Stahoviak will join the squad as the Flames' hitting coach for the upcoming 2002 season.

    "We're disappointed that JT's career has gone in a different direction and we're deeply appreciative of the work he has done for this team," Dee said. "But I'm excited for him personally that he has received this opportunity.

    "But to get someone with Scott's background and enthusiasm is really a lucky break."

    Stahoviak, a 1st-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 1991, spent the last ten seasons in the Major Leagues both as a member of the Twins and the Chicago Cubs.

    "Scott's experience can't help but be very positive for our players," Dee said. "It will be very exciting for our players to learn from someone that has been in both the College World Series and the big leagues and that's where they want to be.

    "I'm ecstatic about him joining the staff."

    Stahoviak's best year in the majors came in 1996 with the Twins as he batted .284 with 13 home runs and 61 RBI.

    Stahoviak spent his collegiate career at Creighton University where he was selected to the Freshman All-American Team in 1989. His most productive year with Creighton came in 1991 when he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, First-Team All American and American Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year, en route to taking the Bluejays to the College World Series.