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Akron basketball coach to speak at athletics awards forum

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Head coach Keith Dambrot of the Akron Zips reacts while playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Keith Dambrot, head men’s basketball coach at the University of Akron will speak on the topic, “Characteristics of Winners," during the Bluffton athletics forum April 19. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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BLUFFTON, Ohio—Bluffton University will recognize its top student-athletes at the annual Athletics Awards Forum, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, in Yoder Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Two awards will be presented. Bluffton’s top senior male athlete will receive the A.C. Burcky Award, while the top senior female athlete will receive the Kathryn E. Little Award.

Keith Dambrot, head men’s basketball coach at the University of Akron will speak on the topic, “Characteristics of Winners.” Dambrot’s commitment has seen the Akron basketball program grow into one of the top mid-majors in the nation. This drive doesn’t stem from thoughts of career stepping stones, but from his allegiance to his hometown and alma mater.

A former three-year starter, team captain and team MVP for the Zips’ baseball team (played third base), Dambrot graduated from the Akron with a bachelor’s of science degree in management in 1982.

Dambrot became the 21st head coach of Akron men’s basketball on March 10, 2004. On Sept. 23, 2013, he signed a one-year contract extension to be head coach of the Zips through the 2022-23 season.