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SPORTS
Saturday, June 18, 1983

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Page 12

The Michigan Daily

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Stu Issac resigns as swim coach

By KATIE BLACKWELL
The Michigan women's swim team
has lost a very key member of the team
to the competition.
The University announced yesterday
morning that nine-year veteran coach
Stu Isaac has resigned his position to
join the ranks of Speedo International,
a swimwear manufacturer, reportedly
in the promotions and sales area. "I
will miss my association with the
University and working with the
student-athletes," said Isaac. "But, at
this point in my career, the opportunity
is fantastic, and I think I'm going to
work with another great organization."
THE POSITION OF head coach has
yet to be filled. According to Michigan
women's athletic director Phyllis
Isaac Ocker, the process of receiving
...joins Speedo International.
SPORTS OF THE DAILY:

resumes has just begun.
Isaac, who led the Wolverine women to
five consecutive Big Ten titles (1976-
80), is a Michigan swimming alumnus.
He entered the University in 1970,
enrolling in the Honors College as a
National Merit Scholarship award win-
ner. A breaststroker, Isaac swam under
former coach Gus Stager and was an
NCAA finalist. The Amherst, New York
native graduated from Michigan in 1974
with a BA in psychology.
Isaac's resignation did not come as a
surprise to Ocker. "We've talked about
it before," said Ocker "He's worked
with Speedo in the past. This is really
what he wants to do with his career.
He's put in nine good years and that's
all we can ask. We'll miss him, there's
no question about it."

Robertson feeling fine

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - For-
mer Detroit Pistons coach Scotty
Robertson said yesterday that over-
exertion caused him to pass out in an
airport here a week ago, and he was not
strickened with a heart attack as
originally feared.
"I did not have any heart attack," he
said in'a telephone interview.
"LIKE A FOOL, I had moved my
daughter's furniture - she has just
taken a job as a flight attendant - and
I moved her furniture to Dallas, got on
the plane next morning to pick up my
car, and I just passed out at the air-
port.,
Robertson, 53, was fired last April as
coach of the Pistons after three straight
losing seasons with the National
Basketball Association team, the most
recent stop in a 32-year coaching
career.
"They've run all sorts of tests, and
they believe it was just over-exertion."
HE SAID the tests were completed on
Thursday, and doctors - including one
of his former players at Louisiana Tech
- told him his heart was sound.
Martin
keeps j*ob
(for now)
aeeording
to friend

"I just overdid it," he said. "I had
been doing some extra heavy lifting,
and I just wore myself out."
It was in 1979 that Robertson suffered
a real heart attack.
"I guess the obvious thinking was
t y
1Robe~rtsoan r
... resting comfortably
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Billy Mar-
tin is as sure of keeping his job as
manager of the New York Yankees as
anyone of his temperament can be
when he's employed by a man like
George Steinbrenner, Martin's friend
and adviser, Eddie Sapir, said yester-
day.
Sapir said he called for and sat in on
Wednesday's meeting of Martin and
Steinbrenner in Cleveland.
"EVEN BEFORE the season started,
we agreed that periodically we should
have these meetings to discuss things,
and that's exactly what we did," Sapir
said.
"We discussed all the rumors that
have been flying around. We also talked
about certain aspects of Billy's con-
tract. It was a very, very productive
meeting, and everything is in great
shape.
"Billy's not fired."
HE SAID HE WASN'T surprised by

that since I had a heart attack five
years ago, everyone thought it was
the same thing," he said.
He said he planned a couple of more
days of rest in the hospital, then a
return home to Panama City, Fla.
Basketball league opening
This Monday night at 6:30 p.m. the
Sandy Sanders Basketball League will
open its summer season at the Pioneer
High School gym.
The league consists of eight squads of
ten players each made up from a pool of
NBA, college, and high school players.
Included are the Piston's John Long
and Michigan's Antoine Joubert, out of
Detroit Southwestern High School.
Games will run every Monday,
Friday, and Saturday nights through
the end of July (weekend games will
begin at 6 p.m.), The league is NCAA
sanctioned and admission is free.
-JIM GINDIN
the rumors that Martin had been fired,
or by reports of morale problems on the
team.
"We discussed everything. They are
completely unfounded. They're just
dead issues," Sapir said.
The lawyer added that neither Martin
nor Steinbrenner was happy with the
Yankees being just a game over .500.
"What it amounts to is George and
Billy are both winniers," he said. "and
the team has not been going great -
they're not out of it, but they haven't
been going great."
SAPIR SAID Steinbrenner wasn't up-
set that Martin destroyed a urinal with
a baseball bat in a fit of pique over his
team's performance.
Does that mean Martin's job is secure
for the season or at least through the
weekend.
"I can't guarantee anything," Sapir
said.

Kopf inks'
Cubs pact
By JIM DWORMAN
A third underclassman on the
Michigan baseball team has left the
Wolverines to join the professional
ranks.
Dave Kopf, a junior pitcher,
signed a contract Thursday night
with the Chicago Cubs. The team's
third-round draft choice, Kopf will
report tommorrow to the Cubs'
Geneva, N.Y. farm club of the Class
A New York-Penn League.
EARLIER this week, Michigan
juniors Chris Sabo and Rich Stoll
signed professional contracts.
Kopf was pleased with his contract
and is looking forward to beginning
his career.
"All my life I've wanted to play
professional baseball and this is my
best opportunity," said the Royal
Oak native. "I was going to lose
some bargaining power next year,
being a senior, so I decided to sign
now since this is what I want to do as
my profession."
HAD KOPF not signed with the
Cubs, he would have departed
Tuesday to represent the United
States in the Pan American Games.
The Games, along with the fact that
he is only three semesters away
from graduation, almost influenced
Kopf to stay at Michigan. %
"It was a tough decision," said the
hard-throwing right-hander. "It took
me four days."
In joining the Cubs organization,
Kopf sees the opportunity for quick
advancement through the minor
leagues.
"DALLAS Green (Chicago
General Manager) has taken over
there and he likes to build from the
farm system," says Kopf. "They're
relying on some old pitchers right
now who might not be around in two
or three years. I'm looking forward
to moving up."
Kopf won 14 games over his three-
year Wolverine career against only
three loses including a 9-1 mark this
year, and sports a lifetime 3.58 ear-
ned run average.
Three years ago, the Detroit
Tigers drafted Kopf out of high
school but he passed on his
hometown team in favor of
Michigan.
With the loss of Kopf and Stoll,
Michigan coach Bud Middaugh will
likely. rely on returning pitchers
Gary Wayne, Scott Kamieniecki,
Casey Close, and Bill Shuta to form
the starting rotation.

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