University of Akron Men's Basketball Coach, Keith Dambrot is leaving for Duquesne University, according to the University.
On Monday night, University of Akron's Director of Athletics, Larry Williams, issued a statement on Dambrot's departure from the program:
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.
According to an ESPN report, Dambrot's seven-year deal will be for about $1 million a season.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Dambrot’s status has been the subject of much speculation since before the season ended. He had been sought after by the University of South Florida.
Duquesne attempted to hire him away in 2012, but UA was able to keep him with a raise and a contract extension that eventually paid him about $600,000 this past season.
Read the full story at the Akron Beacon Journal.