Akron locks up coach Keith Dambrot

Updated: July 21, 2012, 2:24 AM ET
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Akron coach Keith Dambrot has agreed in principle to a new 10-year contract, the school announced Friday.

The finalized contract only needs to be approved by the board of trustees.

Dambrot has led the Zips to an 184-87 record in eight seasons and a 93-39 record in Mid-American Conference play. He's now under contract through the 2021-22 season.

Akron is coming off its MAC regular-season championship and has won 20 games each season for the past seven seasons. The Zips made the NCAA tournament under Dambrot in 2009 and 2011.

"Keith is the best coach in the MAC and one of the top coaches in basketball," athletic director Tom Wistrcill said in a statement. "He has built the Zips into one of the top mid-major programs in the country and continues to lead his alma mater to new heights. This contract is not only a reward for his team's performance over the past eight years, but a reflection of how the program continues to flourish. Our University and community are thrilled that he will continue to lead Zips basketball well into the future."