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Eisner ready to give Winona St. hoops a jump start

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Todd Eisner is ready to make the jump from NAIA to NCAA division two college hoops.

Eisner was introduced as the new men's coach at Winona State Monday, replacing the retired Mike Leaf.

This Eisner's fifth stop in his head coaching career, one that began with a four-year stint at Viterbo in 1995. He spent the last four seasons at Midland, Nebraska, where turned around the program and guided it to the NAIA national tournament the last three years.

At Winona State, Eisner's hoping for a quick fix for a perennial power that slipped to 14-13 this past season.

"The four years we spent in La Crosse were a great four year for my wife and I. But it's more of the allure of the Winona State men's basketball program, the success that they've had. I want to be an important part of the future success we hope to have. I just felt like it was the right move at the right time. I'm really excited to be here," Eisner said at news conference on campus.

"I think the program is going in the right direction. I've only had a chance to know him for a little more than an hour. But in that hour He's really impressed all of us.  We all don't think this is a rebuild. This is a quick fix. We've got everybody coming back next year. So, a couple new ideas, a couple new tweeks here and there and I think we can really turn it around and have another great year again," said junior guard Riley Bambenek. 

Eisner has also coached at NAIA schools Belleview, Nebraska and Benedictine College in Kansas.

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