Drexel has found its next head basketball coach. Zach Spiker, who held the same position with Army for the past seven seasons. He will take over after the dismissal of Bruiser Flint. The Triangle’s Adam Hermann broke the story earlier this afternoon.
Spiker posted a 102-112 career record while at Army. This past season he helped the Black Knights go 19-14 overall with a 9-9 conference record. Furthemore, Spiker served as an assistant coach under current Penn head coach Steve Donahue from 2004-2009 at Cornell.
The 2013 Patriot League Coach of the Year will inherit a Drexel team that finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 6-25 record, their worst during Flint’s tenure. This will be a tough task for the 39 year old.
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By William Derry
Head Coach Bruiser Flint has been fired by Drexel after 15 seasons. Flint made the announcement himself yesterday morning after Drexel loss to Hofstra in the quarterfinals of the 2016 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship tournament this past weekend. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman first broke the story with this tweet.
The Dragons finished the 2015-16 season with a 6-25 record, which was the worst record in Flint’s tenure at Drexel and was the third losing season for them in the past four years. Flint’s best season at the helm came during the 2011-12 season when Drexel went 29-7 but loss in the CAA championship to VCU and as a result, did not qualify for the NCAA tournament.
Throughout Flint’s time with the Dragons he amassed a 245-217 record and four CAA Coach of the Year awards but never qualified for the NCAA tournament.
Doug Overton is a potential candidate for the open coaching vacancy. Overton, the former La Salle standout, began his coaching career as an assistant under Phil Martelli at Saint Joseph’s in 2006. He currently works for Comcast SportsNet as a color commentator on 76ers broadcasts.
Another potential candidate for the job opening is Bobby Jordan. Jordan currently serves on Drexel’s coaching staff as an assistant coach. The Philadelphia native primarily works with the team’s guards and recruits for Drexel. Jordan had a major impact on the development of former Dragon Damion Lee and senior Tavon Allen.
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By William Derry
After finishing the regular season 5-24, Drexel faced Elon in the first round of the 2016 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship tournament in Baltimore, MD. The Dragons defeated Elon 57-56 on a game-winning field goal by freshman guard Terrell Allen, who finished the game with 11 points.
Drexel then faced Hofstra in the quarterfinals, where they lost 80-67. The Dragons could not slow down CAA Player of the Year Juan’ya Green, who scored a game-high 22 points. Rodney Williams led Drexel in scoring with 20 points and added 11 boards.
The lost to Hofstra ends the 2015-16 season for the Dragons, who finish the campaign with a 6-25 overall record.
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-Drexel loses to Charleston in the quarterfinal of the CAA tournament