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Keith Dambrot gets one-year contract extension, through 2022-2023

Keith Dambrot

Akron head coach Keith Dambrot reacts in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kent State in the Mid-American Conference men’s semifinals on Friday, March 9, 2012, in Cleveland. Akron won 78-74. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Keith Dambrot had arguably his best season as a head coach in 2012-2013, as he led Akron to a 26-6 record, a division title, a trip to the NCAA tournament and, for the first time in school history, a spot in the top 25.

Akron rewarded Dambrot with a one-year contract extension, meaning that he will continue to have as much job security as any coach in the country. Dambrot is now under contract through the 2022-2023 season.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

Dambrot is 210-94 overall and 107-41 in the MAC during his tenure. He’s led the Zips to at least 22 wins the past six seasons. Only five other schools -- Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Ohio State and Pittsburgh -- can make that claim. That’s impressive company.

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