Hipsher Meets With Heath

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas basketball coach Stan Heath may be looking to his Mid-America ties to fill his staff opening.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported Wednesday that former Akron coach Dan Hipsher, 50, met with Heath over the weekend and could receive a job offer this week.

Heath has an opening for an assistant after Bill Herrion left after just more than a month on the job to take the head coaching position at New Hampshire last Thursday. Herrion replaced Rob Flaska, who took the head coaching job at Centenary after last season.

Heath was unavailable for comment on Wednesday and the only timetable he's set on a new hire is sometime before the next recruiting period, which begins in mid-July.

Heath coached against Hipsher during his one season at Kent State in 2001-02. Hipsher was at Akron from 1996-2004, compiling a 112-137 record and earning conference Coach of the Year honors in 1998 after leading the Zips to a 17-10 record three years after they went 3-23 the season before he took over.

Hipsher was removed from coaching after the 2004 season following 14-14 and 13-15 records and has worked in the Akron office of public affairs and development since his dismissal.

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