Reports: UMBC hoop assistant Skeeters to become new DSU coach

Eric Skeeters

Delaware State University’s search for a new men’s basketball coach has finally reached its conclusion.

Eric Skeeters, an assistant coach at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), has accepted the job, according to multiple reports. Skeeters is expected to be announced in the next seven days.

Skeeters was one of six candidates who interviewed with new DSU athletic director Scott Gines in early July in Philadelphia. Gines officially started as athletic director this Monday.

The job has been open since Keith Walker was fired on Feb. 22. Keith Johnson was named the interim coach and was one of the final candidates to interview for the full-time position.

Skeeters has been an assistant college basketball coach since 1996.

He has been at UMBC since 2015 and was a part of this year’s coaching staff, who led the Golden Retrievers to the first 16-seed over a No. 1 seed upset in NCAA Tournament history with their win over Virginia.

Skeeters coached against DSU this past season. UMBC visited Dover on Dec. 6 and won 81-60 in a game the Hornets led at halftime.
Skeeters has been a part of three programs who have won at least one game in the NCAA Tournament.

Not only was he with UMBC this year, but he was an assistant with Coppin State in 1997 when 15th-seeded Coppin State knocked off second seed South Carolina in the first round. That was Skeeters’ first job as a college assistant.

Skeeters also was with South Florida in 2012, who defeated Temple in the NCAA’s first round, which was South Florida’s first tournament appearance in 20 years.

He was with South Florida from 2009-2013 before he served as an assistant with George Mason for two seasons. He then moved on to what was his current job at UMBC.

Skeeters is from Baltimore and most of his coaching stops have been nearby. He has been an assistant at Coppin State, Towson, UMBC, Virginia Tech, George Mason, South Florida and Youngstown State.

He played collegiately at Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville before a knee injury ended his playing career prematurely.

Skeeters’ first coaching job was as the junior varsity coach and varsity assistant coach at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. He was there from 1992-1996 while also coaching two AAU teams in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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