New Direction Hipsher chosen to lead Broncs Associate head coach at Alabama for the last four seasons, Dan Hipsher has taken on a new role as the Broncs men’s basketball head coach. "He is a nationally known and well-respected veteran coach who will increase our footprint in the state of Texas and has the experience we were seeking as we transition our men’s basketball program to the Western Athletic Conference this season," UTPA Director of Athletics Chris King said. Hipsher's knowledge and basketball acumen helped turn Alabama into one of the toughest defensive units in the country, while his eye for talent helped the Tide land a top-five recruiting class. This past season, he helped guide the Tide to a 23-13 record (12-7 SEC) and the NIT Quarterfinals. Overall, Hipsher has a 238-182 (.567) record as a head coach at Stetson University and the University of Akron, including 142-107 (.570) in conference contests. He has earned conference Coach of the Year honors three times and regional coach of the year twice. “The UTPA Athletics Department is clearly on the rise, and I look forward to being a part of that,” Hipsher said.
2013 WAC Bronc Basketball Home Schedule Men's Basketball Jan. 9, 7 p.m. vs. Idaho* Jan. 11, 7 p.m. vs. Seattle* Jan. 30, 7 p.m. vs. Utah Valley* Feb. 1, 7 p.m. vs. CSU-Bakersfield* Feb. 13, 7 p.m. vs. Chicago State* Feb. 15, 7 p.m. vs. Missouri-Kansas City* Feb. 19, 7 p.m. vs. New Mexico State*
building success Tidwell takes on new challenge Known for developing student-athletes who go on to play professionally, Larry Tidwell, head coach at Lamar University for the last six seasons, is now the new Broncs women's basketball head coach. “I am very grateful for this opportunity to be a part of building the women’s basketball program at UTPA,” Tidwell said. “With the outstanding leadership displayed by Dr. Robert S. Nelsen and Director of Athletics Chris King, I know our goals can be obtained.” Tidwell, who officially replaced Denny Downing on April 4, led the Cardinals to a 26-8 record (13-3 Southland), the second-highest win total in program history, and the 2010 NCAA Tournament after winning the Southland Conference Co-Championship and the Southland Conference Tournament Championship, enroute to earning Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Coach of the Year honors. “Coach Tidwell understands the purpose of preparing student-athletes for excellence in life, a quality I value strongly," said King.
March 8, 7 p.m. vs. Grand Canyon*
Women's Basketball Jan. 2, 7 p.m. vs. Grand Canyon* Jan. 16, 7 p.m. vs. Missouri-Kansas City* Jan. 18, 7 p.m. vs. Chicago State* Jan. 25, 7 p.m. vs. New Mexico State Feb. 6, 7 p.m. vs. Seattle* Feb. 8, 7 p.m. vs. Idaho* Feb. 27, 7 p.m. vs. CSU-Bakersfield* March 1, 7 p.m. vs. Utah Valley* *All home games will be played at the UTPA Fieldhouse For a complete schedule, visit www.utpabroncs.com.
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