FIRED: BUD ASHER, head coach of the WFL Jacksonville Sharks who are in last place in the Eastern Division with a 2-4 record. Former University of Miami Coach CHARLIE TATE, Asher's assistant, replaces him.
NAMED: JOE MULLANEY, 48, to coach the ABA Memphis Sounds. In order to take the job Mullaney was released from his contract with the Utah Stars, whom he coached to the Western Division title last season.
NAMED: As head coach of the ABA Spirits of St. Louis, BOB MacKINNON, 46, who was assistant coach of the NBA Buffalo Braves for the last two years.
SELECTED: As NASL Most Valuable Player, Baltimore Comet Striker PETER SILVESTER, an Englishman who finished second in the league in scoring with 14 goals and four assists; as Coach of the Year, JOHN YOUNG, who led the Miami Toros to the Eastern Division championship with a 9-5-6 record; and as Rookie of the Year, Striker DOUG McMILLAN, a member of the U.S. national team who finished the season with 10 goals and 10 assists for the Los Angeles Aztecs.