Shippensburg tabs Cal U assistant
California University basketball coach Bill Brown is looking for an assistant.
Dave Springer, who coached with Brown the past season,was named the head mentor at Shippensburg University Monday.
‘I’m excited about coming back to Shippensburg,’ said Springer. ‘I’ll be getting the chance to work with a lot of the players I recruited for Shippensburg in the past.’
‘I hope to be able to build upon the success that the team enjoyed when it made its run to reach the PSAC playoffs this year.’
Springer was an assistant at Shippensburg for 11 years, coaching from 1989 to 1996 and then again from 1998 to 2000. He also has head coaching experience, guiding Millersville for the 1996-97 season on an interim basis.
‘I appreciate the opportunity that the administration is giving me to return to Shippensburg and help the program grow,’ added Springer. ‘I thought that throughout the interview process that I got a lot of support from the campus community and basketball alumni. I feel that it is an advantage to be able to come back to a place where I know so many people.’
Springer succeeds Rodger Goodling, who resigned after 31 years as the Red Raiders’ boss.
‘Watching Rodger and the other coaches in the league like Kurt Kanaskie, Charlie Chronister and Dick DeLaney has given me an education in coaching,’ he added. ‘What I learned will help me prepare for the upcoming season. Spending a year at California gave me an insight on another organization and gave me some ideas which I can incorporate at Shippensburg to enhance the program.’
‘I hope to be able to take advantage of my experience in both the Eastern and Western Divisions of the conference and be able to use what I have learned through the years to help Shippensburg be competitive in the PSAC and in NCAA Division II.’
Springer grew up in Dayton, O., and is a 1982 Ohio University graduate.