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Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019
Logan Stutz selected as very first coach of the Sudbury Five
by Randy Pascal

The Sudbury Five are hoping to make their mark in the Sudbury basketball market this year. In trying to do so, the fledgling NBL (National Basketball League of Canada) franchise will allow a rookie head coach to try and make his.

Thirty year-old Kansas City (Missouri) native Logan Stutz will make the move directly from player to management, having suited up with the Windsor Express for the 2017-2018 campaign prior to being introduced to local media on Wednesday as the new General Manager and Head Coach of the Five.

Stutz was named MVP in the NBL Canada in 2015-2016, and has captained the past two teams in the league with which he competed, a fact not lost on a team that will need to quickly build a rapport within the community in order to have a chance to survive in this market.

"When you talk to him, he is just so sincere and so genuine," noted VP of Basketball Operations, Bob Johnston. "Everybody I talked to who has ever been involved with him in the sport - general managers, coaches, other players - they always came back to the fact that he is such a person of character, a quality guy, just one of those people that you want to be part of your organization. It just resonated with us."

After attending Washburn University (NCAA Division II) in Topeka, Kansas, Stutz would pursue a professional playing career that would lead him to Germany, Sweden, Austria, Japan, and eventually Canada, for the better part of the last three years.

It was this final stop that provided the most solid foundation for the role that he is now jumping into. "This league is a little bit different than a lot of the leagues that you run into around the world," said Stutz. "Some of the rules are different, it's very fast-paced, it's North American style basketball, different from Japan or Europe."

"I know what the guys need when they come here," he added. "I know something of the expectations of players when they come in, a little bit of the reality of the league." Taking on the dual role of coach/GM, Stutz is not the least bit overwhelmed, comfortable in the experience he had garnered along the way.

"I actually feel a little bit more comfortable with the GM role right now, just because I have made so many great connections," he said. "Networking and building great relationships is something I have a real passion for. All of the building I have done over the course of the past 10 or 11 years is now very valuable."

In fact, it was also pre-ordained that Stutz and the sport of basketball would be joined at the hip, for quite some time. "My dad (Bill Stutz) is a high school coach, back home in Missouri. We've had a lot of conversations about life and basketball."

Married (wife is Rachel) with two children (Zeva and Ellie), Stutz is looking to integrate he and his family, quite quickly, into the nickel city. "I will be out in the community a lot," he said. "Feel free to stop me and say hi. We can talk basketball, we can talk family, we can talk Sudbury. I really want to get out and make a face in the community. That's what I need to do."

The end result, he hopes, is people in the seats as the Five look to enjoy immediate competitiveness in the NBL of Canada, beginning this winter.

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