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Originally published Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 1:35 PM

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Hayford hired as new EWU basketball coach

Jim Hayford, who spent 10 seasons building Whitworth University of Spokane into an NCAA Division III powerhouse, is the new men's basketball coach at Eastern Washington University.

The Associated Press

CHENEY, Wash. —

Jim Hayford, who spent 10 seasons building Whitworth University of Spokane into an NCAA Division III powerhouse, is the new men's basketball coach at Eastern Washington University.

Athletic director Bill Chaves announced Tuesday that Hayford will replace Kirk Earlywine, who was fired after four losing seasons.

Hayford won 79 percent of his games at Whitworth, taking the Pirates to the Elite Eight this season. This is his first job at the Division I level.

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