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Akron AD thanks Keith Dambrot for putting men’s basketball back in national spotlight; long-time coach is headed to Duquesne

Keith Dambrot

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.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Cathy Bongiovi; COURTESY AKRON ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Michigan women’s basketball edges Villanova; advances to Saturday’s title game in WNIT vs. Georgia Tech

What You Need to Know

» U-M closed the third quarter on a 16-4 run after Villanova tied the game at 32-32 with 7:51 remaining. All 16 of Michigan’s points came in the paint during the run, with Hallie Thome scoring 10 of the points.
» Thome led the way for the Wolverines with 22 points, with Katelynn Flaherty chipping in 18 and Siera Thompson going for 12.
» Michigan will face Georgia Tech in the WNIT championship game on Saturday (April 1) at Detroit’s Callihan Hall.

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Event: WNIT (Semifinals)
Score: Michigan 65, Villanova 61
Records: U-M (27-9), Villanova (20-15)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 1 — vs. Georgia Tech (Detroit, Mich.), 3 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan women’s basketball team used a 16-4 run to close the third quarter before hanging on for a 65-61 win over Villanova in the semifinals of the WNIT on Wednesday (March 29) inside Crisler Center. With the win, U-M advanced to the first postseason tournament championship game in school history.

Michigan will square off against Georgia Tech in the WNIT final on Saturday (April 1) at Callihan Hall on the University of Detroit campus. Tip is set for 3 p.m., and the game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. Fans can call the Detroit Ticket Office for tickets at 313-993-1700.

Sophomore Hallie Thome led the way for the Maize and Blue against Villanova, turning in a game-high 22 points to go with seven rebounds and three blocks in 34 minutes of action. Junior Katelynn Flaherty went for 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while senior Siera Thompson chipped in 12 points and five assists in all 40 minutes. Junior Jillian Dunston just missed a double-double, recording eight points and 10 boards as U-M won the battle on the glass, 40-33.

Villanova tied the score at 32 in the early moments of the third quarter, but Michigan responded with six straight points courtesy of Flaherty, Thome and Dunston to take a 38-32 lead with 6:29 left in the period.

Neither team scored for several minutes, but Thome broke that spell with a layup for a 40-32 lead with 4:02 left. Michigan forced a turnover on the ensuing Villanova possession, with sophomore Nicole Munger cashing in for a 42-32 lead. Michigan once again found Thome for a layup, pushing its lead back to 10, 44-34, which resulted in a Villanova timeout with 2:07 left in the period.

Flaherty found Thome for a layup right before the third quarter ended as U-M closed the period on a 16-4 run to enter the fourth quarter with a 48-36 lead.

The Wolverines got layups from Thome and Dunston to begin the fourth quarter, grabbing a 52-36 lead with 8:58 to go.

Villanova answered with a 13-2 run, forcing Michigan to take a timeout at the 5:06 mark with its lead down to five, 54-49.

Thome converted a three-point play on Michigan’s possession out of the timeout, but Villanova once again answered with a triple of its own.

Flaherty hit a three from the top of the key and Thompson beat the shot clock with a long two to push Michigan’s lead back to 10, 62-52, with 2:45 left.

The Wildcats answered again with five quick points to cut the lead in half, 62-57, but Michigan made the stops it needed down the stretch and got three points from Flaherty and Thompson at the line to secure the win.

Michigan led by as many as six points in the first quarter but hit the break with a 29-26 lead as Villanova outscored the Wolverines, 15-11, in the second quarter.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Sarah VanMetre; COURTESY MICHIGAN ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Dayton hires former Flyer star Anthony Grant as new men’s basketball coach

Grant Brings 3 NCAA Appearances & 6 Postseason Berths In 9 Seasons As A Head Coach

DAYTON, Ohio – University of Dayton Vice President/Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan has announced that Anthony Grant will be the next head Flyer men’s basketball coach.
“Anthony Grant is a proven winner with the highest integrity,” Sullivan said. “He has successful experience in coaching, recruiting and playing basketball at an elite level. I welcome Anthony to our staff and look forward to partnering with him as we continue to aggressively pursue graduating student-athletes, winning conference championships and advancing in the NCAA Tournament. He is absolutely the right coach.”

“I am honored and humbled to be the head coach at the University of Dayton,” Grant said.  “It’s a great responsibility to take over at an institution that is so well-respected.  Anyone you talk to in college basketball would say our program is a successful one, but the potential is here for so much more.”

Anthony Grant (courtesy Alabama)

 

Grant was most recently on the coaching staff of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, working with athletes such as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He spent the last two seasons on Billy Donovan’s staff after nine seasons as head coach at Alabama and VCU and 13 seasons as a Division I assistant coach.
In nine seasons as a head coach, Grant took his teams to three NCAA tournament appearances and six postseason tournament berths. He has a career record of 193-110 (.637).
Grant is also a 1987 graduate of the University of Dayton, where he was a four-year basketball letterwinner and three-year starter. He played in 105 games at Dayton, averaging 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game over his career. He was the Flyers’ co-captain and the White-Allen Most Valuable Player as a senior. His teams played in two NCAA tournaments and one NIT.
“I join Neil and the entire Flyer Nation in offering a warm welcome to Coach Grant, his wife Christina and their family,” UD President Eric F. Spina said. “In our time together, Anthony clearly demonstrated his ability, his desire to be here and is a clear fit with the University’s values and priorities, which include integrity, the development of character, and winning.”
In six years at Alabama, Grant amassed a record of 117-85 (.579) while guiding the Crimson Tide to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, their first tournament berth since 2006.  He also took Alabama to the NIT on three occasions.
Prior to Alabama, the Miami, Fla. native spent three seasons as the head coach of VCU where he led the Rams to a 76-25 (.752) record and three consecutive Colonial Athletic Association Championships. VCU went to the NCAA tournament twice under Grant and was 45-9 (.833) in CAA games.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Grant spent 13 years as a respected Division I assistant coach. The last 10 years were at the University of Florida (1996-2006) where he served under Donovan. Grant helped lead the Gators to their first national title in 2006, and Florida won the national title again in 2007 with players he recruited and developed.
The 19th coach in Dayton’s history, Grant is just the seventh Flyer coach in the last 70 years. In the modern era of UD basketball, Grant is just the second Dayton grad to coach the Flyers. The first was his former coach, College Basketball Hall of Famer Don Donoher (1964-89).
He and his wife Christina have four children.
UD is one of only 19 schools to play in the last four NCAA tournaments. Dayton returns seven letterwinners from last year’s Atlantic 10 Conference championship team.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild &  Krystal Warren; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Miami Redhawks hire Purdue assistant Jack Owens as head men’s basketball coach

 

Owens comes to Miami from Purdue where he was Associate Head Coach


OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University has tabbed Jack Owens to take over the reins of its men’s basketball program, announced by Athletics Director David Sayler on Thursday, March 30. Owens becomes the 27th coach in Miami basketball history.

 

“I’m extremely excited about becoming the head men’s basketball coach at Miami University,” said Owens. “I would like to thank President Greg Crawford and Athletic Director David Sayler for this opportunity and I look forward to not only rebuilding this championship program, but also making this program one that all Miami alumni can be proud of.”

Jack Owens (courtesy Purdue)

 

In Owens, Miami acquires a coach that has advanced to postseason play in 13 of the past 17 seasons and went on to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the past 13 years, including four trips to the Sweet 16. He has also helped secure several top recruiting classes, produced NBA talent and developed some of the nation’s top players.

 

Owens spent the past nine seasons on staff at Purdue University, three as an assistant coach and the last six years as its associate head coach. Since his arrival, the Boilermakers have recorded 209 wins (23.2/year), including 27 during the 2016-17 season, helping Purdue win a Big Ten Regular Season Championship.

 

In Owens’ nine seasons with Purdue, the Boilermakers have made the NCAA Tournament on seven occasions, advancing to the Sweet 16 three different times.

 

Owens has helped produce five NBA draft picks, including AJ Hammons and Robbie Hummel and multiple professional basketball players. This past season, he helped guide Caleb Swanigan to national attention, recently being named one of five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, given to the nation’s top player.

 

“On behalf of President Crawford, I am pleased to announce Jack Owens as our men’s basketball coach,” said Sayler. “Character, work ethic, recruiting success, player development and a winning pedigree were all traits that made Jack stand out. When you combine all those factors with the understanding of how to win at an institution similar to Miami, in Purdue, it is easy to see why we are excited to have him as our head coach.”

 

With all of Purdue’s accolades on the court, Owens’ biggest impact for Miami may come on the recruiting trail, especially in the Midwest. A tireless worker, Owens played a significant role in landing Purdue’s first Indiana Mr. Basketball since 1991 in Swanigan for the 2015-16 season. His efforts helped Purdue secure four classes ranked in the Rivals.com top 30 in each of the last four seasons, including the 15th-ranked class in 2013.

Owens came to Purdue after a five-season stint as an assistant at Southern Illinois. In 2003-04, Owens was part of a Southern Illinois team that went 25-5 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In the next four seasons at SIU, Owens helped guide the Salukis to three more NCAA Tournament berths, a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16, a Missouri Valley Conference title and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.

Prior to joining SIU, Owens served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eastern Illinois, during the 2002-03 season, and spent the 2001-02 campaign as an assistant at Barton County Community College, which reached as high as No. 2 in the national polls during the season. Owens began his coaching career as an assistant at Howard Community College during the 2000-01 season, serving as the team’s interim head coach for a portion of the year.

The Indianapolis native began his collegiate playing career at Murray State, and played a season at Howard Community College before playing two seasons at Eastern Illinois. While at EIU, Owens averaged 11.7 points and 6.5 assists per game as a senior, earning honorable mention All-Ohio Valley Conference honors. He also served as team captain during his final campaign, and garnered team MVP and Outstanding Defensive Player honors. During the 1999-00 season, Owens remained a part of the Eastern Illinois program as a student assistant coach.

Owens and his wife, Kamilah, have three daughters, Alanah, Aniyah and Anyah.

 

Owens will formally be introduced at an 11 a.m. press conference on the court at Millett Hall on Thursday (March 30). The public is invited to this free event.

 

Owen’s Coaching Timeline

Purdue

Associate Head Coach (2011-17)

Assistant Coach (2008-10)

 

Southern Illinois

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator (2003-08)

 

Eastern Illinois

Assistant Coach (2002-03)

 

Barton Community College

Assistant Coach (2001-02)

 

Howard Community College

Assistant Coach (2000-01)

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Michael Roth; COURTESY MIAMI ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Former Dayton Flyers star Anthony Grant a candidate for alma mater’s vacant head basketball coaching job


Anthony Grant (courtesy Alabama)

With the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball job open after Archie Miller took over the Indiana Hoosiers last Saturday, there have been several names being thrown around like there always is when a coveted job is available.

The names surfacing include UD assistant coach Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio coach John Groce, former Wright State coach Billy Donlon, former NBA coach Mark Jackson and Ohio State assistant coach Chris Jent.

But one name all Dayton Flyers fans want to hear and want the job to go to is Anthony Grant.

The popular former Flyers star always endeared fans with his hustle, shot-blocking ability, thundering slam dunks and eventhough he was soft-spoken, was respected by his teammates for his leadership qualities.

Currently an Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Anthony Grant, is a candidate for the Dayton head coaching job. Several people who are close to the Dayton program has said that he is on their list.

The 50-year-old Grant was head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2006-2009 with a record of 76-25; Alabama from 2009-2015 with a record of 117-85. The problem at Alabama was that the fans and alumni felt the Crimson Tide under his leadership did not beat Kentucky, Auburn and Florida enough to suit their tastes. He also was an assistant coach under current Oklahoma City Thunder boss Billy Donovan at Florida from 1996-2006.

As a head coach, he coached against Dayton several times.

The 6’6 Grant played at the University of Dayton from 1983 to 1987 guiding them to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before bowing out to eventual national champion Georgetown. His teammate was the all-time leading scorer at Dayton, Roosevelt Chapman. Another teammate was Sedric Toney. As a sophomore, Grant averaged 10.7 points a game and 6.5 rebounds a game and the Flyers again made it to the NCAA Tournament. As a junior, the 6’5″ Grant moved from power forward to small forward and averaged 7.1 points a game and 4.8 rebounds a contest while the team advanced to the National Invitation Tournament. As a senior, Grant was named a team captain awarded team MVP and the Sharpenter Memorial Rebounding Award after leading the squad in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.0 and 6.0 respectively. In his 105 appearances, Grant registered 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds each time out. Overall at Dayton, he just missed scoring 1,000 points for his career, ending with 902. In 1987, Grant spent a year playing for the Miami Tropics of the United States Basketball League.

 

**Some info in this story courtesy wikipedia commons**

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