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Report: Duquesne hires Akron’s Keith Dambrot as new head coach

Akron v Notre Dame

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Head coach Keith Dambrot of the Akron Zips talks with player Mike Bardo #54 in the second half of the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Notre Dame won 69-56. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Duquesne has hired Akron head coach Keith Dambrot to the same position, according to a report from’s Jeff Goodman.

The 58-year-old Dambrot has been head coach at Akron since 2004 as he’s helped the program to three NCAA tournament appearances.

The former high school coach of LeBron James at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in Akron, Dambrot won two Ohio state championships with James before becoming an assistant coach at Akron in 2001. Dambrot eventually took over the head job over from Dan Hipsher.

Dambrot is reportedly getting a seven-year deal from Duquesne so the Dukes are making a major investment in him to turn around the basketball program.