Dan Hipsher

Dan Hipsher (born December 6, 1954)

Current position: Special Advisor to the Head Coach
Current team: Loyola Ramblers (Head coach: Drew Valentine)
Current conference: Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10)
Teams coached: Wittenberg Tigers, Stetson Hatters, Akron Zips, UT Pan American Broncs/UTRGV Vaqueros
Wittenberg record^: 97-18 (.843)
Stetson record: 29-27 (.518)
Akron record: 112-137 (.450)
UTPA/UTRGV record: 27-66 (.290)
Overall record^: 265-248 (.517)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • MAC Regular Season Champion:  1  (1998)
  • NCAC (Div III) Regular Season Champion:  4  (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
  • NCAC (Div III) Tournament Champion:  2  (1990, 1991)
  • NCAA Division III Tournament Appearances:  3  (1990, 1991, 1992)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present Loyola (IL) (special advisor to the HC)
2016-2019 Oakland (assoc. HC)
2013-2016 UTPA/UTRGV
2009-2013 Alabama (assoc. HC)
2007-2009 South Florida (asst)
2005-2007 Arkansas (asst)
1995-2004 Akron
1993-1995 Stetson
1989-1993 Wittenberg
1980-1989 Dayton (asst)
1978-1980 Miami-Dade CC (asst)
1977-1978 Miami (OH) (grad asst)

Dan Hipsher Facts

  • Dan Hipsher
  • Born December 6, 1954
  • Hometown: Fostoria, Ohio
  • Alma Mater: Bowling Green State University (BS, 1977) / Miami University (M.Ed, 1978)
  • After graduating from Fostoria HS (OH), Hipsher played basketball and baseball at Bowling Green
    • Two-time captain on the basketball team, playing for head coaches Pat Haley and John Weinert
  • Spent one year as a graduate assistant at Miami (OH) working for long-time head coach Darrell Hedric
  • After two years as an assistant at Miami-Dade CC, Hipsher spent the next nine seasons working under Don Donoher at Dayton
  • First head coaching position was at Division III Wittenberg in Springfield, Ohio, where he led the Tigers to four straight NCAC titles and three appearances in the D-III NCAA Tournament
  • Returned to the D-I ranks in 1993, spending two years as head coach at Stetson then nine at Akron
    • Won 112 games at Akron, earning a share of the 1998 MAC regular season title
    • Hipsher was let go in 2004, spending the next season out of coaching
  • Worked as an assistant for eight seasons, including stints under Stan Heath at Arkansas and South Florida and under Anthony Grant at Alabama
    • As a note, Grant played at Dayton in the 1980’s when Hipsher was an assistant on the Flyers’ staff
  • Hired in 2013 to be the head coach at UT-Pan American, which would become UTRGV two years later
    • Went 27-66 in three years before being fired in March 2016
  • Later in 2016, Hipsher joined Greg Kampe‘s at Oakland as associate head coach
    • Announced his retirement in June 2019 after more than 40 years in college basketball
  • Returned to the game in 2021, becoming a special advisor to head coach Drew Valentine at Loyola Chicago
  • Along with his wife, Sue, has two sons, both of whom played for their father at Akron

Dan Hipsher Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division III levels