Dambrot promoted to replace Hipsher

Updated: March 10, 2004, 2:15 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Akron hired assistant coach Keith Dambrot on Wednesday to replace Dan Hipsher, who was fired and reassigned within the athletic department.

Dambrot was a Zips assistant for three years. Hipsher was fired Tuesday.

Dambrot, who was LeBron James' first coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary's in Akron, is a 1982 Akron graduate. He recruited James' teammates Dru Joyce III and Romeo Travis, members of this season's team.

Dambrot was fired from Central Michigan in 1993 after two seasons for using a racial epithet toward his players.

The abrupt firing of Hipsher comes after the Zips finished a disappointing 13-15. Akron lost in the first round of the MAC tournament at Ball State.

Akron was riddled with problems this season. Guard Johnny Hollingsworth was dismissed, and Hipsher's son, Andy, dealt with a season-long back injury. The Zips were picked to finish second in the MAC East Division but finished 7-11.

Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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