Story courtesy of Akron Sports Information
NEW YORK – University of Akron men's basketball head coach Keith Dambrot was named the 2013 Red Auerbach Coach of the Year, the Jewish Coaches Association (JCA) announced on Monday.
The award, presented to the nation's top Jewish coach and voted on by the members of the JCA, was presented to Dambrot on Saturday during a ceremony at the Final Four in Atlanta.
The 2012-13 season was a banner one for the Zips as Dambrot guided his alma mater to a school-record tying 26 wins (26-7) and the Mid-American Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Akron also won its second-consecutive MAC regular season title, in addition to the program's third tournament title. UA is just the third team in the last 30 years to repeat as regular season champions and the first team to sweep the regular season and tournament titles in the same season in the last five year.
The award is the second for Dambrot this season as he was named the MAC Coach of the Year on March 13. He was also named a finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award and the Hugh Durham Award, which recognizes the nation's top mid-major coach.
Included in this season's list of achievements were the Zips' first national ranking, Dambrot's 200th win at Akron and 300th win overall, four All-MAC selections, five MAC Player of the Week winners and the league's second two-time Defensive Player of the Year (Zeke Marshall) in the award's 17-year history.
Dambrot received the award over four other finalists that included: Ryan Marks (University of Texas-Pan American), Josh Schertz (Lincoln Memorial University), Jeff Klein (Chaffey College) and Howard Fisher (College of the Canyons).