Coach Keith Dambrot of the University of Akron was named the 2013 Red Auerbach Coach of the Year during a ceremony at the Final 4 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Red Auerbach Award is given annually to the nation’s top Jewish college coach, as voted on by the members of the Jewish Coaches Association (JCA).
The award came after the most successful season in Dambrot’s nine year tenure with the Zips. Akron finished 26-7 (14-2), winning both the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Regular Season and Conference Tournament Championships on their way to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Zips’ second round loss to VCU was their 7th postseason appearance under Dambrot, who also won his 300th game as a college head coach during the 2012-13 season.
Keith 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).