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Men's Basketball Promotes Former Cardinal Mickey Hosier

                MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State men's basketball head coach Billy Taylor announced the promotion of former Cardinal Mickey Hosier to director of basketball operations Monday morning. Hosier spent last season as the Cardinals' video coordinator and was a four-year letterwinner for at Ball State from 1997-2000. He replaces Ron Oliver who held the position last season.

                "We are really excited Mickey is extending his stay with the Ball State basketball program," Taylor said. "It was great having him part of the team last season and back in the BSU basketball family. We are excited for his new and expanded role on our staff this year. He has a great feel for our campus and understands what it is like to be a successful student-athlete at Ball State. His experiences will allow him to share and mentor our guys in invaluable ways."

Hosier, a native of Alexandria, Ind., was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for the Cardinals. Ball State tallied a 59-29 record during his career as a starter. He helped the Cardinals win a Mid-American Conference West Division title and earn an NIT appearance in 1998 as well as a MAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2000. He averaged 30.9 minutes per game as a senior while handing out 3.5 assists per game and notching 1.8 steals per contest.

                "I want to thank Coach Taylor for the opportunity to continue as part of the Ball State basketball family," Hosier said. "Ball State has always had a special place in my life and returning to the basketball program has been very exciting for me and my family. Working with coach Taylor the past year has been a privilege and I am excited to be a part of his staff for a second straight year."

                Hosier moved into the coaching ranks after his playing career as he held varsity positions at Wes-Del, Lakeview Christian and Alexandria High Schools in East Central Indiana. He was the youngest varsity coach in the state of Indiana at the age of 24 and he guided Wes-Del to the 2003 sectional championship.

                Hosier excelled at the high school level in East Central Indiana as he was a four-year starter at Alexandria-Monroe High School. He led his school to a 74-19 record during his career and finished with 777 career assists. He earned Indiana All-Star accolades as a senior.

                Hosier earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education from Ball State in 2000. He spent last year teaching in the elementary education department at Ball State. He and his wife Amanda have one son, M.J. (10), and three daughters - Gracyn (8), Gabrianna (6) and Jacklynn (4).


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