AKRON, Ohio (AP) -Akron coach Keith Dambrot, whose team tied a school record for wins last season but was snubbed by the postseason tournaments, agreed in principle to a seven-year contract Friday.
The deal makes Dambrot among the top paid coaches in the Mid-American Conference, Akron athletics director Mack Rhoades said.
Dambrot has a 68-27 record, including 38-14 in the MAC, in three seasons with the Zips. He had signed a five-year deal in December. The new contract will keep him in Akron through the 2014 season.
The Zips, who were 26-7 last season, were seconds from winning an automatic bid to NCAA tournament when Miami's Doug Penno banked a 3-pointer for a 53-52 victory in the MAC tournament championship game. It was the Zips' first appearance in the MAC title game.
Dambrot, who attended Akron, coached St. Vincent-St. Mary High School to two state championships. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and former Zips Romeo Travis and Dru Joyce were among his players there.
``Akron is where I want to be,'' Dambrot said in a statement. ``It's where I grew up, it's where my mother taught and it's where my family lives. I'm proud to be the coach here.''
Dambrot was fired from head coaching stints at Central Michigan and Ashland.

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