Zips' sports beat writer George Thomas from the Akron Beacon Journal spoke about the departure of former University of Akron head coach Keith Dambrot to coach the men's team at Duquesne.


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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 06:57

AUDIO: Dambrot Leaving Akron For Duquesne

After 305 wins and four trips to the NCAA Tournament in 13 years, Keith Dambrot is heading eastbound on Interstate 76. Dambrot, the now-former head coach of the Akron Zips, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his decision to guide the Duquesne Dukes. Duquesne is familiar territory for Dambrot, as his father played there and his mother is from the Pittsburgh area. According to Dambrot, leaving the University of Akron was “the toughest decision I’ve ever made in my life, to be perfectly frank about it.” He said he was not looking around for other jobs, but the timing was right to try to turn another program around. It will be a seven-year, $7 million contract for the 58-year-old Dambrot.

Dambrot is 59 and says he doesn't want to be coaching into his 70s or 80s, and looks at the rebuilding of the Duquesne program as a great opportunity. "The timing was right and I would take one more fling to turn another program around," Dambrot said.

LISTEN to the full Dambrot interview with WAKR's Ray Horner below.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 04:09

Goodbye, Our Native Son

Fan or no fan -- you have to feel sad when a member of the family leaves. And Keith Dambrot is a member of the Akron family, with deep roots in the community and University. The long-time basketball head coach is heading east, to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, for a reported seven year, seven million dollar deal.

Dambrot led the Zips to their winningest season in history, but fell to Kent State in the MAC title game; that loss scrubbed any hopes of a March Madness berth. Akron went two rounds before falling in the NIT.

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(University of Akron) Earlier tonight, The University of Akron was informed that current men's basketball Coach Keith Dambrot has accepted the position as head basketball coach at Duquesne University.

The University has issued the following statement from UA Athletic Director Larry Williams and it is being shared with you at this time:

"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."

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Friday, 17 March 2017 17:54

AUDIO UA, Dambrot Ready For Mavericks

University of Akron Zips head basketball coach Keith Dambrot spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the win over Houston in the first round of the NIT.

The Zips will play the Mavericks of UT Arlington on Monday at 8pm in Texas.


For the full interview, click here.


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Thursday, 16 February 2017 15:07

AUDIO Kent State, Akron Ready For Rivalry Game

Rob Senderoff, coach of the Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday ahead of the game Friday between KSU and the University of Akron.

Tomorrow's game is sold out at Akron's James A. Rhodes Arena and can be seen on the ESPN family of networks.

The Flashes are 14-12 overall and 6-7 in the MAC. 


University of Akron head basketball coach Keith Dambrot also spoke with Sam and Brad as well to offer his take on tomorrow's contest.


 The Zips are 22-4 overall and 12-1 in the MAC.


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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:10

AUDIO Dambrot Discusses Zips' Win Over Ball State

University of Akron Zips men's basketball head coach Keith Dambrot spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday to talk about last night's buzzer-beating win over Ball State on Tuesday.

The Zips are now 20-4 on the season and 10-4 in the MAC. They will take on Eastern Michigan Friday, Feb 10 in Yipsilanti.


For the full interview, click here.


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The University of Akron Zips are now 16-3 on the season and will take on Western Michigan Tuesday in a big MAC matchup.

Coach Keith Dambrot of the University of Akron Zips' men's basketball team joined Sam and Brad Monday to talk about their win over Eastern Michigan last Friday and what's coming up next with the Broncos.


For the full interview, click here.


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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:16

AUDIO Dambrot's Zips Keep Rolling

Coach Keith Dambrot from the University of Akron Zips spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about last night's win over Ohio University and preview the Friday matchup with Eastern Michigan.


For the full interview, click here. 

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 18:13

AUDIO Keith Dambrot Talking Win Over CMU

Men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot from the University of Akron joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell talked about the win over Central Michigan last night in Mount Pleasant, MI.


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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 08:37

AUDIO: Dambrot Becomes Zips Winningest Coach

The winningest coach in Akron hoops made some time with 1590 WAKR.

Keith Dambrot took home win number 11 on the season on Tuesday night, which happened to be victory number 289 at Akron, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the journey. That journey includes recruiting and trying to compete in the parity-filled Mid-American Conference. Though he remains humble, Dambrot does feel honored to be included in the elite group of coaches and players who have made their way through the program over the years.

Dambrot joined the Zips as an assistant coach in 2001, and was named head coach in 2004. He began his head coaching career in 1984 with Tiffin, and most notably coached LeBron James at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 17:40

AUDIO Dambrot's Zips Rolling Thus Far

The University of Akron Zips are 5-1 this season thus far and heading into their matchup with Adrian tomorrow at the JAR, things are looking up for Keith Dambrot's team.

Coach Dambrot joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to discuss his team's performance thus far.


For the full interview, click here.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 17:41

AUDIO Dambrot Talks 2016-17 UA Hoops

As the 2016-17 approaches the University of Akron Zips will look to get back to the NCAA Tournament and the MAC Championship with their blend of young talent and experienced veterans.

Keith Dambrot, the head coach of the men's team at Akron joined Sam Bourquin Thursday to discuss the team heading into their opener with Youngstown State in the Coaches vs Cancer event on Saturday.


For the full interview, click here.

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Friday, 24 June 2016 06:08

VIDEO Akron Loves The King

So much to share from last night -- Akron as you've never seen it or heard it, all for King James.

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Some accounts pegged the crowd at 30,000 people but others were in the 20,000-25,000 range after Lock 3 topped capacity of more than 7,000 packed in standing room only for the LeBron James Hometown Hero Celebration sponsored by the City of Akron and LeBron James Family Foundation.

Overflow crowds on South Main Street went into Canal Park and packed every seat to watch the ceremony on the stadium's big video screen, then enjoyed the fireworks show at the conclusion.

It was an all-Akron affair and more personal, unlike the massive parade and ceremony that drew 1.3 million people to Cleveland Wednesday. Local performers included the Miller South Choir; speakers included Mayor Dan Horrigan, who renamed the stretch of South Main from West Market south through downtown as "King James Way" to formative coaches Dru Joyce II and Keith Dambrot.

Others such as Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James noted the transformative impact on Akron LeBron's had, including programs for local elementary and secondary school students but also millions allocated to support scholarships at the University of Akron.

The Kenmore High School football team was on hand in their stylish Nike uniforms -- gifts thanks to LeBron last year.

One note for the summer: LeBron announced he will not take part in the basketball competition at Rio this summer, opting instead for rest. It's not like The King has anything to prove in the Olympics; even there, he makes history with two gold and one bronze medal with Team USA, one of only three players to play three Olympics. He's also the Team USA basketball all-time leading scorer, too.


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Monday, 20 June 2016 16:06

AUDIO Dambrot: LeBron A 'True Winner'

After 52 years of frustration, the Cleveland Cavaliers have captured the NBA title and have

University of Akron men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a Victory Monday to talk about what the win meant for Northeast Ohio.

"This win was for the whole area," Dambrot said. "I mean it was for Akron, Cleveland, all the suburbs, and I think when you're from here, you really understand it."

He said he was happy for LeBron on many levels, saying he willed his team to win, despite not having his absolute best game, but his defensive presence and smart play led to a Game 7 win.

For the full interview with Coach Dambrot, click here.

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Monday, 29 February 2016 17:45

AUDIO Zips Ready For Tough Slate

The University of Akron men's basketball team is 22-7 heading into their final two regular-season games of the year, and they have a good amount of confidence as the post season is fast approaching.

Zips coach Keith Dambrot spoke with Sam Bourquin during Wahoo Week in Goodyear, Arizona to talk about his team and how they are doing heading into the home stretch.

The Zips beat up Bowling Green Friday night 89-54 at the JAR Arena, where Dambrot says the guys picked up their level of play.

"We just tried to get our guys to relax and have fun with it," Dambrot said. "You can't get too high when things go well, and you can't get too down when things go poorly."

The Zips will take on the Ohio Bobcats tomorrow at 8 p.m. and will finish up the regular season with their rival Kent State before the MAC Tournament in Cleveland.

 "We've spent a lot of time trying to be better offensively, we've had to adjust playing without Pat Forsythe, so we've had to split some time with Kwan Cheatham and Big Dog (Isaiah Johnson)."


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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:44

AUDIO Akron Beats Buffalo, Ready For KSU

The Akron Zips have swept Buffalo in the season series defeating the Bulls at Rhodes Arena 80-70 last night, giving them 21 wins on the season.

UA men's head coach Keith Dambrot joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about how the team has been fighting the injury bug and grinding out wins.

 Dambrot says he's proud of how his kids have handled adversity.

"We have a very skilled team, we can dribble, pass, and shoot, we're not as strong defensively as we've been in the past, but we offset that with good ball movement and team play," he said. "When we shoot the ball well, we can play with anyone in America."

The Zips will take on Kent State Friday night at 6 p.m. at the MAC Center on the campus of Kent State University.


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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 17:59

AUDIO Zips, Dambrot Grinding Out Wins

The Akron Zips' men's basketball team is riding high and experiencing a good deal of success coming off a tough win over the University at Buffalo 75-71 at Alumni Arena.

University of Akron head coach Keith Dambrot joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the Zips, their gritty, tough mentality, and the players who are key into them playing well.

"If you can win some close ones, you can take a pretty good season and make it a great season," Dambrot said.

The Zips have won 9 games in a row to bring their record to 12-2 on the season.

Akron will play Western Michigan at the James A. Rhodes Arena on Friday, where Coach Dambrot says will be a physical, intense game.

 "They are perenially one of the better teams on that side (the MAC West), so we're going to have to play."

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Thursday, 22 October 2015 14:11

AUDIO Zips' Men & Women Ready For Hoops

The Akron Zips men's and women's basketball teams are getting ready for the 2015-16 season with the expectation of being competitive in the MAC.

 The teams held their annual Media Day on the campus of the University of Akron inside the Student Union. 
Men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot said his team is capable of playing with anyone in the country.
"We've got an experienced team, we shoot the ball well, and we're big and strong, so I have high expectations," Dambrot said. 
Akron returns four starters from last year's 21-14 campaign including seniors Pat Forsythe, Jake Kretzer, and Reggie McAdams.

On the women's side, Jodi Kest has her team prepared for the grind that is the regular season in the MAC. Her key players include seniors Anita Brown, Megan Barilla, and DiAndra Gibson, along with junior Hannah Plybon.
Kest says the program is making serious strides, and it all starts with working hard on the practice floor and studying the game.
"I think we have very good players," she says. "We don't have great size, and that scares me, so we have to stay healthy and outwork teams."
The Zips' women's basketball team is coming off a 22-9 season in 2014-15 and an appearance in the WNIT.

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