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Akron's new basketball coach John Groce says Northeast Ohio is a basketball hotbed

John Groce (Source WOIO) John Groce (Source WOIO)
AKRON, OH (WOIO) -

New head coach of the University of Akron Men's Basketball Team John Groce said Northeast Ohio is a basketball hotbed. He told the media on Thursday he wants to hit the ground running when it comes to recruiting.

Groce spent four seasons as the head coach of Ohio University, making the NCAA Tournament twice including a Sweet 16 run. The coach said he has a lot of relationships in the area for recruiting.

"Looking forward to continuing to deepen those and connect here as quickly as we can," Groce said.

During his first year with the Zips, Groce looks forward to starting relationships with the players.

"I'm looking forward to continuing to get to know them better, that's important to me," Groce said.

Dustin Ford will be joining Groce's coaching staff, he was on Groce's staff at Ohio and Illinois. Ford is the younger brother of former Kent State coach Geno Ford.

The Zips will work on finding more coaches to join the team.

"We want to make sure we get the right people," Groce said.

One of the most important things as a coach for Groce is he wants the players to make the most out of every day at practice, in the class room and in the weight room.

"Every day is going to matter as we move forward," Groce said.

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