Reports: Akron basketball coach Keith Dambrot leaving for Duquesne
AKRON, Ohio – Akron men’s basketball coach Keith Dambrot is reportedly leaving that school to become the head coach at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Dambrot has spent the last 13 years at Akron. He has over 300 wins during that time, including winning the last two regular season MAC titles, two of the last three MAC coach of the year awards and back-to-back runs to the MAC tournament title game.
He turned down a head coaching job at South Florida earlier this month.
He’ll take over a Duquesne program that finished this season 10-22.
Reports indicate that Dambrot has signed a 7-year deal.
Larry Williams, Director of Athletics, released this statement:
We are very grateful for the enormous contributions that Coach Keith Dambrot has made to our excellent men’s basketball program. His hard work with our student-athletes, combined with their dedication to going the extra mile, have brought great success to The University of Akron – including the winningest season in UA history – and we value his role in making that happen. He and the Dambrot family will always be a part of The University of Akron family, and we wish him well as he moves along.
We will immediately launch a national search for our new basketball coach, and we reaffirm our commitment to building our basketball program and all of Akron Athletics into a nationally recognized program across the board. In addition to finding a new coach, we are working to be in a position to upgrade the James A. Rhodes Arena and we will need to rely on support from the community to achieve that goal.