No. 13 Crimson Tide to welcome Anthony Grant's former squad to Tuscaloosa
Dan Hipsher, a veteran collegiate coach with over 30 years of experience, is entering his fourth season at The University of Alabama on head coach Anthony Grant's staff.
Of his 30-plus years, 15 of those were as a head coach at three different institutions. Additionally, he recruited and coached Grant while serving as an assistant at Dayton and later offered Grant his first college coaching position at Stetson University.
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Hipsher's knowledge and basketball acumen has helped turn Alabama into one of the toughest defensive units in the country, while his eye for talent helped the Tide land a top-five recruiting class. Last season, Alabama held 31 of its 33 opponents below their scoring average, allowing an average of 58.1 points per game. The Tide reached the 20-win mark for the second straight season, finishing with a 21-12 record, and made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2006.
2009-Present: Alabama - Associate Head Coach
2007-08: South Florida - Assistant Coach
2005-07: Arkansas - Assistant Coach
1995-2004: Akron - Head Coach
1993-95: Stetson - Head Coach
1989-93: Wittenberg - Head Coach
1981-89: Dayton - Assistant Coach
1979-81: Miami Dade C.C. - Assistant Coach
1977-78: Miami (Ohio) - Graduate Assistant
In his second season at UA, he helped his former pupil turn a team with an early 5-5 record into one that amassed a 25-12 record and captured the 2011 Southeastern Conference Western Division title. That same squad made UA's first postseason appearance in four seasons and advanced to the NIT finals at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
The veteran coach came to Alabama after spending two seasons as the associate head coach at the University of South Florida. Prior to joining the USF staff, Hipsher was an assistant coach at Arkansas following a nine-year stint as head coach at the University of Akron (1995-2004) where he was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 1998 after winning the MAC East Division Championship.
"I am fortunate to have a 25-plus year relationship with Dan. I have been exposed to his talents first-hand as a recruiter, assistant coach, head coach and friend. He is without question an outstanding coach and teacher of the game and a great resource for me, our staff and players. However, what's most impressive is his commitment to the success of those around him and enriching the lives of others." - Anthony Grant
Before rebuilding the Zips' program, he spent two seasons at Stetson, where Grant joined his staff for a season, and earned Trans-America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1995. Hipsher began his 15 years as a head coach with a four-year tenure at Wittenberg College where he posted a 97-18 record, three straight conference titles and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.
In his 15 seasons as a head coach, he amassed a 238-182 career record and earned conference Coach of the Year honors three times.
In addition to his assistant coaching experiences at USF, Arkansas and Dayton, he also spent time on staffs at Miami (Ohio) and Miami-Dade Community College. Hipsher graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology. He was a two-time captain and academic All-American for the Falcons.
Hipsher and his wife Sue are the parents of two sons, Andy and Bryan. Andy currently serves as an assistant coach at USF. Both played collegiately for their father.