On the surface, a one-year contract extension is nothing too great – but in Keith Dambrot's case, it makes a ton of sense.
The Akron head coach signed a 10-year contract last summer, and after a 26-win campaign this past season, the school decided to keep his contract at an even 10 years.
“There's few coaches lucky enough to have the opportunity to coach at 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 [President] Dr. [Luis M.] Proenza, the Board of Trustrees and [AD] Tom [Wistrcill] for all they have done for us.”
Dambrot has been at Akron for nine seasons, going 210-94 overall and 107-41 in Mid-American play. This past season, Akron won 19 straight games and was ranked in the top-25 for the first time in school history. Dambrot was named MAC Coach of the Year.
The Zips have been to three NCAA tournaments under Dambrot, and have won at least 22 games in eight straight seasons – one of only six schools in the country to achieve that mark.