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Payne Added To Whitworth Men's Basketball Staff

SPOKANE, Wash. -

Whitworth men's basketball coach Matt Logie has made another addition to his coaching staff on the eve of the Pirates' first practice of the 2013-14 season.

Former Pirate Zach Payne will become the fifth member of the Whitworth coaching staff this season.  Payne just completed his two-year career with the Pirates last winter.  He was a key player off the bench for the Bucs as Whitworth went 26-4 and advanced to the Sweet 16 each of his two years on the team.

"We are very excited to add Zach Payne to our coaching staff," Logie said. "As a player, he exhibited the passion and leadership that we seek in our student-athletes."

Payne played in all 30 of the Pirates' games last season, averaging nearly 16 minutes, five points and three rebounds per contest.  He is completing the final courses for his business degree at Whitworth this year.  He had transferred from Diablo Valley College (Calif.) prior to the 2011-12 season.

"Zach's experience and ability to relate to our student-athletes will be a huge benefit to our program and help to sustain the championship culture of Whitworth Basketball," Logie continue.  "Furthermore, Zach was a very intelligent player whose knowledge of the game and work ethic will allow him to have great success as a coach."

Courtesy: Whitworth Sports Information

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