The University of Akron is launching a national search for its next men's basketball coach. UA officials announced last night that Keith Dambrot is leaving the school to become the basketball coach at Duquesne University. ESPN reports Duquesne will pay Dambrot nearly one-million-dollars per season.
The university released this statement:
From Larry Williams, Director of Athletics:
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.