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Zips basketball: Dambrot gets another year

By George Thomas Published: September 23, 2013

From a UA Athletic Department news release:   Following a 26-win season, the program's fourth NCAA Tournament birth and cracking the Top-25 for the first time in school history, University of Akron head men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot has received a one-year contract extension, President Dr. Luis M. Proenza and Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill announced Monday. The extension is finalized and pending approval from the UA Board of Trustees.

Dambrot, who signed a ten-year contract in July 2012, has compiled a 210-94 (107-41 in Mid-American Conference play) record in nine seasons at the helm of the Zips' program and is now under contract through the 2022-23 season. His ten-year, fixed-year contract is one of the longest in the nation among college coaches in any sport.

"There's few coaches lucky enough to have the opportunity to coach at a university they played for, where their mother was a professor and where their children attend school," Dambrot said. "The progress we have made as a program and the commitment from The University and the community make this one of the premier jobs in the nation. I want to thank Dr. Proenza, the Board of Trustees and Tom for all they have done for us."

Akron finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 26-7 record, tying the program mark for wins in a season. The Zips won a second-straight MAC regular season title and won the MAC Tournament for a third time in five seasons, earning the program's fourth NCAA Tournament bid (1986, 2009, 2011, 2013). UA posted the nation's longest winning streak last season (19 games) and earned its first national ranking, the No. 24 spot in the Feb. 25 USA TODAY Coaches Poll. The Zips also earned a program-best 43 points in the Feb. 25 AP poll, falling 11 votes shy of the Top-25.

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