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Tulsa Shock fire coach Kloppenburg

Tulsa Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Sparks at the Staples Center. The Sparks defeated the Shock 76-75.
The Tulsa Shock was 9-59 when coach Gary Kloppenburg inherited it on 2012.
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TULSA, Okla. (AP)

The Tulsa Shock fired head coach Gary Kloppenburg and his assistants on Tuesday after two seasons with the struggling team.

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Kloppenburg was hired in January 2012 and inherited a team that had gone 9-59 in its two years in Tulsa. During Kloppenburg's tenure, the team went 20-49.

Shock President Steve Swetoha says the team is searching for a new coach for the 2014 season.

The team's owner and manager partner, Sam Combs III, praised Kloppenburg, saying it was a difficult decision but ultimately came down to wins and losses. Kloppenburg came to the Shock from the Indiana Fever, where he served as an assistant coach for four seasons.

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