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Head CoachDanny Kaspar
Danny Kaspar is in his fifth season at Texas State, after coaching 13 seasons as the head coach at Stephen F. Austin, where he guided the Lumberjacks to a 246-141 record that included seven, 20-win seasons. Kaspar is in his 27th season as a head coach ranked among the Top 25 winningest active Division I coaches, with an overall career record of 524-263 and has the 29th highest winning percentage.
The 2016-17 season saw Texas State finish 22-14 to achieve the first winning season in program history in 14 years. The campaign also saw the Bobcats make its first postseason tournament appearance in 20 years with a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament and reach the finals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament to come within a victory of making the NCAA Tournament.
Texas State’s win total gave the program its second 20-win season in program history since becoming a Division I program and first since 1993-94. During the Bobcats’ run to the CIT quarterfinals, the team won its first postseason game as a NCAA program, picked up the first postseason win since 1980 and won two postseason contests for the first time since 1979.
A trip to the SBC Tournament Championship game saw Texas State defeat ULM in the quarterfinals and shock No. 1 seed UTA in the semifinals before falling to Troy in the finals. It was the program’s first conference tournament finals appearance since 1999. Performances by Kavin Gilder-Tilbury and Immanuel King saw the duo be selected to the SBC All-Tournament team.
Following the conclusion of the 2016-17 regular season Gilder-Tilbury was selected All-Sun Belt Conference First Team, the first all-conference first team selection since 2003, and NABC All-District 24 Second Team. A four-year player for Kaspar, Gilder-Tilbury ended his career sixth in school history with 1,385 points and is the only player in Bobcat history to finish with 1,000+ points, 500+ rebounds, 100+ steals and 50+ blocks in a career. Another standout member of the 2016-17 team was Nijal Pearson, who set the freshmen program record for points in a season with 477.
In the 2015-16 season, Kaspar guided the Bobcats to a 15-16 record and the program's second straight appearance in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Of the 15 victories 13 came against Division I opponents, the most by a Texas State team since the 2010-11 season. He became the 25th active head coach to reach the 500-career win mark when the Bobcats defeated Troy 78-57 at home on Mar. 3.
Kaspar is the third coach in program history to increase his win total in each of his first three seasons. The seven-win increase from his first year to year three is the largest in Bobcat history.
The 2014-15 season saw Kaspar guide Texas State to a six-win improvement, the most in a single season since the 2006-07 year. The Bobcats also made their first appearance in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, where they earned their first win in the event by beating UT Arlington 68-62 in the quarterfinals.
Defensively, Kaspar improved on an impressive 2013-14 season by lowering the Bobcats points allowed to 59.8 per game, which the lowest average in a single season at Texas State since 1982-83. The 59.8 points per game were the fewest points allowed in the Sun Belt Conference and ranked among the top 23 defenses in the country. Individually, Emani Gant was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team and TABC All-District 24 Second Team.
In his first season at Texas State, Kaspar led the Bobcats to their best defensive performance in over 15 years and the third best performance since 1982-83, allowing just 66.0 points per game. The Bobcats led the Sun Belt in scoring defense. Their best single-game performance was at UL Monroe, when the Bobcats allowed just 36 points, the fewest by an opponent since 1985.
Shortly after he was named Texas State’s head coach, Kaspar received the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) Hugh Durham Award, which is given to the nation’s top mid-major coach, and was named the 2012-13 NABC District 23 Coach of the Year, Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ (TABC) Coach of the Year, and Southland Conference Coach of the Year after leading SFA to its best NCAA Division I record at the time with a 27-5 overall record. The Lumberjacks won their third Southland Conference championship in six years and a berth to the NIT. It was the second time Kaspar was named SLC Coach of the Year. He also earned the honor in 2007-08.
Stephen F. Austin’s winning percentage of 84.4 percent this season is fourth among NCAA Division I teams entering the Final Four. The Lumberjacks’ 27 wins included victories over teams from the Big XII (Oklahoma), Big West (Long Beach State), Conference USA (Tulsa), and Sun Belt Conference (Florida International).
SFA leads the nation in scoring defense after allowing just 51.2 points per game. The Lumberjacks also were the best in the nation in scoring defense in 2010-11 with 56.7 points per game and had the third-best average in 2011-12 with 54.4.
This season, SFA ranks seventh in field goal percentage defense with 38.0 percent and 18th in three-point field goal percentage defense.
Offensively, SFA ranks 29th in field goal percentage with 46.8 percent and is among the top 24 teams in assists. The Lumberjacks are sixth in scoring margin after winning games by an average of 13.6 points and are among the top 13 teams in rebounding margin with a 6.9 advantage.
Kaspar led SFA to back-to-back Southland Conference championships in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
SFA finished the 2007-08 season with a 26-6 record, marking the best mark in the school’s 25-year history as NCAA Division I program and earned the team a berth to the NIT.
The 2007-08 league title was the Lumberjacks' first-ever Southland Conference championship and marked the first league title for the program since SFA won the Gulf Star Conference in the 1986-87 season, under Harry Miller, one of Kaspar's mentors.
In 2008-09, Kaspar led SFA to the SLC Tournament championship to earn the school’s first NCAA Tournament berth in school history after winning its second consecutive SLC title with a 13-3 league record. Overall, the Lumberjacks compiled a 24-7 record.
During his tenure at SFA, Kaspar turned the Lumberjack’s struggling program into one of the Southland Conference’s most consistent winners. He guided SFA to the SLC Tournament in nine of his 13 seasons as coach, including five trips to the tournament championship game.
The program Kaspar left behind at SFA is very different from the one he inherited. During the two seasons prior his arrival, the Lumberjacks had just four and six wins, respectively. Beginning in his second season, the ‘Jacks became a competitive force in the SLC.
That year, SFA finished the regular season with a 13-14 record in the regular season, was fifth in the SLC standings with a 10-10 league record and qualified for the SLC tournament for the first time in five years. The fifth-place finish was the best finish in league standings since the 1996-97 campaign.
The following year, the Lumberjacks posted their first 20-win season since 1986-87 with a 21-8 overall record and a 16-4 league mark to finish in second place. The team advanced to the finals of the SLC Tournament, both firsts since SFA had joined the SLC.
In the 2003-04 campaign, the Lumberjacks once again won 21 games and made their second straight SLC tournament finals appearance. The second straight 20-plus-win season marked the first time since the mid-1980s the Lumberjacks have put together two straight seasons with 20 or more wins.
SFA posted a 17-12 mark in 2005-06, including a 9-7 fourth-place finish in Southland Conference play. The Lumberjacks entered the SLC Tournament as the No. 4 seed and defeated McNeese State, 72-70, in the first round, advancing to the semifinals for the third time in four years.Kaspar served as an assistant coach at SFA under Miller from 1983 through the 1986 seasons. During his three seasons as an assistant, the Lumberjacks recorded two 20-win seasons, won 16 games in the other season, and never finished lower than third in the conference.
A 1978 graduate of the University of North Texas, Kaspar is no stranger to winning. He spent nine seasons as the head coach at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. In his tenure, Incarnate Word posted an overall record of 219-52, which was the best record for any four-year Texas institution during the 1990s. In 1999, The Sporting News named him National Small College Coach of the Year.
His teams at Incarnate Word posted nine straight 20-win seasons, including five seasons where his teams won 25 or more games in a single campaign. Kaspar's Incarnate Word teams also won or shared five regular season conference titles as well as four conference tournament titles. He was tabbed the Heart of Texas Conference Coach of the Year four times during that span.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Kaspar served as an assistant for some of the legends of college basketball coaching. In addition to working under Miller, he also was on the staffs of Billy Tubbs, Gene Iba and Dr. Gerald Stockton.
During his one season with Tubbs at Lamar, the Cardinals won the Southland Conference title and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 1980.
In 32 years as a collegiate coach, Kaspar has only been associated with six teams with losing records. In two of those seasons, the teams were one win away from .500 records.
Kaspar and his wife, Deborah, have a daughter, Nicole, who graduated from Texas State in December, 2013.