Coach of NCAA Tournament team announces retirement

The Duquesne Dukes Men's Basketball team will compete in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1977, having won the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament on Sunday. 

Only a day later, the team received startling news from longstanding head coach Keith Dambrot.

Dambrot has been coaching at Duquesne for the past seven years and has a total of 22 years of collegiate experience.

Given the program's recent troubles, his attempt to return Duquesne to the NCAA Tournament may be his best coaching accomplishment to date. However, it appears that his 22nd year as a coach will be his last.

Dambrot stated on Monday that he will retire at the completion of Duquesne's NCAA tournament run.

It's very interesting to see Dambrot say this ahead of the NCAA Tournament. 

You could argue that this will be a significant distraction for his squad as they prepare for their Round of 64 game against BYU on Thursday.

On the other hand, if Dambrot's coaching career is indeed over, there may be no better way to conclude it than in the NCAA Tournament, when he and his team have a chance to cut down the nets as National Champions.

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