Head coach looking forward to the new season with his young team

Orlando Williams

The men’s basketball head coach Danny Kaspar has a resume that speaks for itself. Kaspar is ranked in the top 25 winningest active Division I coaches with an overall record of 308-214.

This is Kaspar’s 27th year as a head coach. After starting his career as an assistant coach for Lamar University, he became an assistant coach at Midwestern State, Stephen F. Austin and Baylor. He then received his first head coaching job at Incarnate Word, where he had an overall record of 219-52. Kaspar led Incarnate Word to six NAIA National Tournaments.

After leaving Incarnate Word he became the head coach for Stephen F. Austin, where he became the winningest Division I Coach in Texas for seven years since 2007.

On April 4, 2013, Kaspar became head coach of the Bobcats. With his 27th year in the position and fifth season with Texas State, he said he has learned a lot throughout the years.

“I learned things from my high school and junior college coaches,” Kaspar said. “Periodically, a player will come up with an idea; my assistant coaches sometimes throw an idea out to me.”

Kaspar said that the recruits he and his coaches brought in, along with the culture they have created, have helped build a winning atmosphere.

“I’m very proud of these young men that we brought into the program,” Kaspar said. “Last year, our team was the only Sun Belt Conference team with a GPA of 3.0 or more. They are a great group and fun to be around.”

Every year at Texas State, Kaspar’s team has improved. Last year his team finished 22-14, which was the first winning season in 14 years.

Kaspar knows that fan expectations are high after last year’s performance but he urges them to understand that the team is younger than those in the past.

“I know people have high expectations for this team, I do too, but I always have to remind myself that this is a very young group,” said Kaspar. “This team has a chance to be the best I’ve had here.”

While some coaches want to be known for their wins or for their championships, coach Kaspar is different. He wants to be remembered for the positive impact he has had on his players on and off the court.

“I want to be remembered for teaching these young men that the good things in life come from hard work, effort and dedication,” Kaspar said. “Basketball is a beautiful sport that, when players work together, some wonderful results can come from it; I just get a kick out of that.”

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