DSU names ex-UMBC assistant Skeeters as men’s head hoop coach

Eric Skeeters

After 154 days, Delaware State University has a new men’s basketball coach.

Eric Skeeters was officially announced as the newest Hornet coach on Wednesday. He takes over for Keith Walker, who was fired on Feb. 22.

Skeeters comes to Delaware State from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he was an assistant from 2016 until this past season.

He was a part of the coaching staff which led the Retrievers to a 74-54 victory over top-seeded Virginia in the NCAA Tournament — the first ever win by a No. 16 seed against a top seed.

This is Skeeters’ first head coaching job. He has been an assistant coach for more than 20 years at the college level.

He is also the first official hire by new DSU athletic director Scott Gines, who officially started on the job this week. Gines held interviews for the position earlier this month in Philadelphia.

“Eric Skeeters stood out among an outstanding group of candidates for head coach of the Delaware State men’s basketball team,” Gines said in a press release.” He’s a 21-year Division I assistant who has contributed to successful programs in highly competitive conferences, including the MEAC. During his career, Skeeters has played a key role in helping to rebuild programs, while serving on staffs that engineered two of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history.”

“Eric will resonate with our current players, community, and alumni,” Gines added. “They will love his energy, drive, and devotion. He is well positioned to lead our men’s basketball team.”

Skeeters is the 13th men’s basketball coach in Delaware State program history.

He has been a part of three NCAA Tournament staffs who won a game. Aside from UMBC, he was an assistant at Coppin State in 1997 when it won a game as a 15 seed over No. 2 South Carolina and was also with South Florida in 2012.

Skeeters’ coaching career also includes stints at Towson, George Mason, Virginia Tech and Youngstown State.

The Baltimore native played at CCBC-Catonsville before a knee injury cut his career short. He ended up graduating from Coppin State.
“Delaware State University is a unique opportunity and I look forward to putting together a staff and team that will enable us to create something special,” said Skeeters. “As a MEAC grad, my goal from day one will be to recruit, coach and develop champions on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”

Skeeters is leaving a UMBC program after helping guide them to back-to-back 20-win seasons, an America East Conference title and the monumental NCAA Tournament upset last year.

“I couldn’t be happier for Delaware State, Eric Skeeters and his family,” said UMBC coach Ryan Odom. “Eric has worked extremely hard during his coaching career for an opportunity like is being presented at Delaware State.

“Coach Skeeters was a vital part of our historic run at UMBC this past season. I have seen first-hand the impact that he had on our players in helping them reach both their academic and athletic goals. Delaware State is getting an excellent coach, a proven motivator, an excellent recruiter and a guy who will excel in every aspect of the job.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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