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Akron names new assistant coach

By mrasor Published: October 6, 2010

Men's basketball
Keith Dambrot hired the replacement for Wisconsin-bound Lamont Paris.
He is Charles Thomas, a former Detroit Piston with ties to the MAC.
Here is his bio from

University of Akron head men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot announced on Wednesday the hiring of former Detroit Piston and 15-year professional Charles Thomas as an assistant coach. He replaces Lamont Paris, who took an assistant coaching position at Wisconsin in September.
"I've known Charles for 24 years and he brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to the staff and will be a great resource for our program," Dambrot said. "His professional experience and terrific personality will make him a great teacher for our players."
A 1991 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Charles, and twin brother Carl, played for the Eagles from 1986-1991, helping EMU to its first Mid-American Conference Championship in 1988. Dambrot served as an assistant coach for the Eagles from 1987-89.
Thomas is the fifth member of the Zips' coaching staff to have played under Dambrot in either high school or college, joining assistant coaches Rick McFadden (Akron, 2003-05) and Terry Weigand (Tiffin, 1985-86), and graduate assistants Tim Carroll (Akron, 2007-10) and Willie McGee (Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary HS, 1999-2001).
"Having the opportunity to play for Coach Dambrot helped me become a great player and the lessons I learned from him helped guide me during my professional career," Thomas said. "The opportunity to coach with and learn from him will help me become a better coach."
Thomas joins the staff after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Northwood University in Midland, Mich. (2008-10). Prior to his time at Northwood, he spent one season as an assistant coach at Radford University (2006-07).
Before joining the coaching ranks, Thomas spent 15 years playing professionally in the U.S. and abroad. He started his pro career with the Detroit Pistons (1991-93) before spending six seasons in the CBA with the Grand Rapids Hoops, the Fort Wayne Fury and the Connecticut Pride. From 2000-06, he averaged 17 points, five rebounds and five assists while playing in Australia and Sweden.
Thomas joins his brother, Carl Thomas, in the MAC coaching ranks. Carl is in his sixth season as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University.
Thomas has a bachelor's degree in interpersonal communications from EMU. He and his wife Shaunna have four children, Tré, Caydon, Carter and Chase.
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