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Published: 6/9/2007

Dakich in noncoaching job at Indiana University

FROM BLADE STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Dan Dakich accepted the head coaching job at Bowling Green in 1997 and won 156 games - third-most in school history. Dan Dakich accepted the head coaching job at Bowling Green in 1997 and won 156 games - third-most in school history.
JEREMY WADSWORTH Enlarge

Dan Dakich is headed back to Indiana.

Dakich, the former Bowling Green State University men's basketball coach and Indiana University coach and player, has accepted the role of director of basketball operations at his alma mater.

Dakich resigned from BGSU in March after 10 tumultuous seasons. He replaces Jerry Green, who retired earlier this spring, on coach Kelvin Sampson's staff.

"My family and I are thrilled to be back at Indiana University," Dakich said in a statement released by the athletic department. "It has been an extremely important place in our lives. I thank coach Sampson for giving me this tremendous opportunity."

Dakich played for the Hoosiers from 1982-85, helping the team win two Big Ten titles and qualify to three NCAA tournaments. Indiana was NIT runner-up his senior year, though Dakich is best known for defending Michael Jordan in the 1984 NCAA regionals when the Hoosiers upset North Carolina.

Dakich stayed at Indiana upon graduation, becoming a graduate assistant on Bob Knight's staff. Dakich was promoted to full-time assistant in 1987 after the Hoosiers won the national championship.

Dakich accepted the head coaching job at Bowling Green in 1997 and won 156 games - third-most in school history. The Falcons won the 2000 Mid-American Conference regular season title and reached the MAC tournament championship game in 2002. Dakich accepted the head job at West Virginia following the 2002 season but returned to BGSU just a week later. Since then the Falcons have finished below .500 in four of five seasons, including this year when they went 13-18.

Dakich grew up in Indiana, starring at Andrean High School in Merrillville.

He was chosen this year for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame High School Silver Anniversary team.

"Dan's one of those guys that I've known over the years and have come to really respect," Sampson said.

"What it came down to was him being someone who could mesh with our staff. I think he's going to do a great job for us."



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