Former Oklahoma City Blazers defenseman Hardy Sauter was fired as head coach of the Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League. Sauter spent two seasons with the Boise-based franchise, leading the team to the playoffs both seasons. But Idaho failed to finish the past regular season with a winning record; at one point, the team lost 10 consecutive games. The Idaho Statesman said fans began to voice displeasure with Sauter, although his club sustained several injuries.
Sauter was the second coach from a Dallas Stars affiliate who has been released since the season's end. Texas Stars coach Jeff Pyle was fired after the American Hockey League team skidded to a last-place division finish.
Sauter spent the 1996-2005 seasons playing for the Blazers. He was a nine-time Central Hockey League All-Star and a three-time 100-point scorer. Sauter, the nephew of former Blazers coach Doug Sauter, helped Oklahoma City win the 2000-2001 championship.
*Oklahoma State baseball coach Josh Holliday has added Marty Lees as an assistant. Lees spent the last 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Pac 10/12 power Oregon State. The Beavers were national champions in 2006 and 2007. He worked with infielders and catchers and also served as Oregon State's recruiting coordinator.
*Philip Incaviglia, the nephew of Oklahoma State and NCAA home run king Pete Incaviglia, was released by Laredo (Texas) of the American Association. Philip Incaviglia played college baseball at Texas-Arlington. The 23-year-old outfielder spent 12 games with the minor league Lemurs, batting just .108 in 42 plate appearances. He had four hits and eight strikeouts.
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