The Cleveland Cavaliers named Stan Albeck, Los Angeles Laker assistant, today as the second coach in the nine-year history of the expansion-born National Basketball Association franchise.
Nick J. Mileti, Team president and principal owner, also named Ron Hrovat as executive vice president and general manager and Jimmy Rogers, former assistant coach, as player personnel director.
Albeck, 48 was chosen from more than 80 applicants to succeed Bill Fitch, the only coach in Cavalier history and now coach of the Boston Celtics.
One of the applicants for the post was Bernie Bickerstaff, Bullet assistant who was interviewed by Mileti Saturday. Mileti had said that Bickerstaff was among the leading candidates for the job.
"I am from Illinois and my heart is in the Midwest; this is a very exciting day," Albeck said. "I was impressed with the way the interview went, with His (Mileti's) sincerity, and I know the personnel on the club are better than 30-52 (last season's record)."
Albeck was coach at Adrian College in Michigan, then spent 11 years at Northern Michigan University before moving to Denver Univeersity in 1968. His pro career began in 1970. He served as assistant coach with three teams in the old American Basketball Association -- Denver, San Diego and Kentucky -- and joined and Lakers in 1976.