Dakich news confirmed

Dan Dakich has officially been named the director of basketball operations for Indiana’s men’s basketball team. The Hoosier Scoop reported that it could happen earlier this week.

Here’s the full release from new IU media relations director J.D. Campbell.

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Indiana men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson announced today that long-time
Hoosier Dan Dakich will return to campus to serve as Director of Operations
for the program. He will replace Jerry Green, who retired earlier this
spring.

I’ve known Dan for a lot of years,” Sampson said. I’ve always had great
respect for him. I think he’s a man of great integrity and  a great
basketball person who can do a lot of things to help our program.”

The Indiana native began a 16-year association with the IU program in the
fall of 1981 after graduating from Andrean High School in Merrillville.

“My family and I are thrilled to be back at Indiana University,” Dakich
said.  “It has been an extremely important place in our lives. I thank Coach
Sampson for giving me this tremendous opportunity and I look forward to
joining his staff in our quest for National and Big 10 Championships.”

He played for the Hoosiers from 1982-85 and was a team captain during his
junior and senior seasons as the Hoosiers finished with an 84-39 record
during his career. As a player, he helped Indiana win one Big Ten title,
earn three NCAA Tournament berths and finish as the NIT runner-up his senior
season. As a junior,  he was named All-Tournament at the Indiana Classic and
as a senior he earned similar accolades at the Hoosier Classic.  He is best
remembered for his excellent defensive effort against Michael Jordan in
Indiana’s upset of North Carolina in the 1984 NCAA East Regional.

Dakich also spent 12 seasons on the IU coaching staff from 1985-97. Dakich
helped the Indiana program win 73.7 percent (283-101) of its games over the
12 years he served as an assistant coach while the Hoosiers were winning
over 70 percent of their Big Ten contests. He was a graduate assistant from
1985-87 before being named full-time prior to the 1987-88 campaign.

The Hoosiers won a national title in 1987 and earned a spot in the NCAA
Tournament in each of his 12 seasons on the staff.  IU also captured four
Big Ten titles while finishing third or better in nine of his 12 years.  He
also coached six All-Americans and three national Player of the Year
candidates, including 1993 Player of the Year Calbert Cheaney, worked with
three Big Ten MVPs, and academically, graduated every four-year player to go
through the program (Dakich was the academic monitor on the IU basketball
staff his last seven years).

He also coached 10 players at IU who have played in the NBA.

Dakich returns to Bloomington after spending the last 10 years as the men’s
basketball coach at Bowling Green.  At BGSU, he tied for third all-time in
victories among Falcon coaches with 156 and also also was just one of three
coaches in school history to post four 18-plus win seasons or more in men’s
basketball. He saw 22 of 25 seniors complete their degree requirements and
had 12 former players sign professional contracts, including current Indiana
Pacers guard Keith McLeod.  In addition, he had two players earn MAC Player
of the Year and three lead the league in scoring during his tenure.

His 2000 squad won the regular season MAC title and played in the NIT and in
2002 his team advanced to the MAC Tournament title game and also played in
the NIT. Dakich also was heavily involved in community activities.  He ran
the Junior Falcons basketball program, a league for children ages 7 thru 14.
He also was involved with the United Way, Cherry Street Mission and
Make-A-Wish program.

“When we were looking to fill this position we were looking for someone who
could help us,” Sampson added. “Dan’s one of those guys that I’ve known over
the years and have come to really respect and 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.”

Dakich, who was one of 16 former prep players chosen for the 2006 Indiana
Basketball Hall of Fame High School Silver Anniversary team, is a 1985
graduate of IU with a degree in telecommunications.  He and his wife,
Jackie, have a son, Andrew (13), and a daughter, Laura (10).