Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot reunites with former participant Dru Joyce on Dukes workers

When he was 14 years outdated, Dru Joyce III threw in seven 3-pointers in a state championship recreation in Ohio.

Then, in faculty, he helped then-Akron coach Keith Dambrot win 26 video games in the course of the 2006-07 season.

His life’s journey took him to Europe the place he performed professionally for 12 seasons in Germany, Poland, Russia and France.

Now, the 37-year-old is just about again the place he began after being named Monday to the brand new place of affiliate head coach on Dambrot’s workers at Duquesne.

Joyce performed for his new boss at Akron and at St. Vincent-St. Mary Excessive Faculty, serving to the Irish win 103 of 108 video games. Joyce was the purpose guard; LeBron James was the star.

Three years in the past, Joyce and Dambrot have been inducted into the Akron Varsity “A” Corridor of Fame in the identical class.

“Dru is a hard-nosed, chip-on-his-shoulder competitor,” Dambrot stated in an announcement. “He was at all times the underdog. As a freshman in highschool, he was 5-foot-2 and 92 kilos and made seven 3’s in a state championship recreation, which tells you about his aggressive nature.

“He carried that all through his highschool, faculty {and professional} careers. Though he’s comparatively new to the teaching occupation in years, he’s just about been a coach since he was 14 years outdated.”

Joyce spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Cleveland State.

“Teaching and management are a pure for him,” stated Dambrot, who has identified Joyce for a quarter-century. “He’s a tough employee who has at all times been an overachiever and a winner. He’ll actually give our program a shot within the arm, not solely as one other former skilled participant on our workers, but in addition as somebody who has been a part of our household for almost 25 years.”

At Cleveland State, Joyce was a part of a workers that took a 10-21 crew to a 19-8 report and NCAA Match look — simply the third in class historical past — in two seasons. Cleveland State was 31-10 within the Horizon League the previous two seasons.

“I wish to thank Dave Harper, coach Dambrot and his workers for welcoming my household and me to Duquesne College,” Joyce stated. “Collectively, we share the identical values and imaginative and prescient for this program and neighborhood.

“Coach Dambrot is extra than simply my former coach and mentor, he’s my household. He was inspirational in my growth as a student-athlete and performed an important function in my teaching profession.”

Stated James in an announcement: “I’m so happy with the journey and development my brother continues to ascend in direction of in his teaching profession. His information of the sport and work ethic can be instantly impactful to the Duquesne program.”

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Evaluation workers author. You’ll be able to contact Jerry by e-mail at jdipaola@triblive.com or through Twitter .

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