Tony DiLeo had just about done it all during his 19 years with the 76ers' organization.

Yesterday, the native of Cinnaminson, Burlington County, added head coach to his resume.

At a news conference yesterday in the Hall of Fame Room at the Wachovia Center, DiLeo was introduced as the successor to Maurice Cheeks, who was fired earlier in the day.

The move will be reviewed after the season. DiLeo said he would be open to returning if team president and general manager Ed Stefanski asks.

"I'm excited about this opportunity, but first of all, I'm coming into it with mixed emotions," said the 53-year-old DiLeo.

Seated next to him on a dais was Stefanski, who made the decision to replace Cheeks. "I'm sad that it did not work out for Mo at this time. The last couple of years, I've been involved in management and involved in that area. [Coaching] wasn't at the top of my mind."

DiLeo, who was the Sixers' director of player personnel from 1999 to 2003 under Larry Brown, was promoted to senior vice president and assistant general manager when Billy King was elevated to president and general manager of the Sixers following Brown's departure.

He also served as a scout for the team. DiLeo has been on the Sixers' bench, spending time as an assistant under Brown, Jimmy Lynam, Fred Carter, John Lucas and Doug Moe.

Before coming to the Sixers in 1991, DiLeo had stints coaching both the men's and women's teams in West Germany from 1979 through 1990. He was the West German federation coach from 1981 to '85.

DiLeo had a standout career at Cinnaminson High before going on to play at Tennessee Tech and La Salle.

In his positions under King and Stefanski, DiLeo had a big hand in assembling the Sixers' current roster.

"Tony brings a unique perspective to the club, having been with the club so many years in so many roles," Stefanski said.

"I was here as an assistant coach for a long time, and have learned from a lot of coaches who have been through here," said DiLeo, whose son, T.J. is a freshman basketball player at Temple. "I think I have a vision for how we're going to play. My passion and knowledge will help this team. There are not going to be a lot of X's and O's changes. We'll try to emphasize to the players that we have seen spurts as to how we want to play. It's just the consistency we need to play it together for 48 minutes."