Akron coach Keith Dambrot to chair rules committee for next two years

Keith Dambrot will chair the all-important rules committee for men’s hoops. (USATSI)

The man who coached LeBron James in high school will now lead the committee that decides the way college basketball is played and officiated.

Keith Dambrot is entering his 12th season at Akron , and on Thursday the school announced he has been tabbed as Rick Byrd’s replacement for the NCAA men’s basketball rules committee. Dambrot has been part of the committee for the past three years, but this upcoming season will see his role change to chairman.

For the most part, the next 15 months won’t involve too much heavy lifting for Dambrot. The way men’s basketball operates in regard to the rules committee is: important changes/legislation to the game and its rules are put forth every two years. So with the shot clock being reduced to 30 seconds earlier this spring, in addition to a reduction of timeouts, etc., the next big round of voting won’t come until the spring of 2017.

“It’s an honor to be selected by my fellow committee members to serve in this role,” Dambrot said. “I am excited to continue working with a great group of people that are dedicated to making the game of basketball better.”

Dambrot has reached the NCAA Tournament three times (2009, 2011, 2013) and owns a 252-121 record with the Zips.


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