Kaspar leaves Stephen F. Austin after 13 years to take over at Texas State
Danny Kaspar is moving to Texas State after serving the last 13 seasons as head coach at Stephen F. Austin, where he guided the Lumberjacks to a 246-141 record that included five 20-win seasons in the last six years. He has an overall career record of 465-193 in his 22 seasons as a head coach.
"In the end the relationships with all the high school coaches in Texas to the other AAU coaches and everyone in general was what we were really looking for,” Athletics Director Larry Teis said. “We talked to former players, mainly Jeff Foster, who we relied on to help us look at some candidates. Jeff did a great job, and his number one pick was Danny Kaspar. Gregg Popovich from the San Antonio Spurs is very high on Danny and his coaching abilities, which really helped. In the end, in the state of Texas, nobody has won more games in the last six years than Danny Kaspar."
Kaspar was named the 2012-13 Southland Conference Coach of the Year after leading SFA to a 27-5 overall record, its third Southland Conference championship in the last six years and a berth to the NIT. It marks the second time he was named SLC Coach of the Year. He also earned the honor in 2007-08.
"I'm very excited to be given this opportunity to coach the men's basketball program at Texas State,” Kaspar said. “It's got great potential and I've always thought of it as a place that can produce frequent championships for someone who is willing to work hard and put a lot of effort in the job."
He will be presented the NABC District 23 Coach of the Year on Friday at the NCAA Final Four and is a finalist for the Hugh Durham Award as the nation's top Mid-Major head coach.
Stephen F. Austin's winning percentage of 84.4 percent this season is fourth among NCAA Division I teams entering the Final Four.
SFA leads the nation in scoring defense after allowing just 51.2 points per game. The Lumberjacks also were the best in the nation in scoring defense in 2010-11 with 56.7 points per game and had the third-best average in 2011-12 with 54.4.
Kaspar led SFA to back-to-back Southland Conference championships in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
SFA finished the 2007-08 season with a 26-6 record, marking the best mark in the school's 25-year history as a NCAA Division I program and earned the team a berth to the NIT.
The program Kaspar leaves behind at SFA is very different from the one he inherited. During the two seasons prior his arrival, the Lumberjacks had just four and six wins, respectively. Beginning in his second season, the 'Jacks became a competitive force in the SLC.
Kaspar served as an assistant coach at SFA under Miller from 1983 through the 1986 seasons. During his three seasons as an assistant, the Lumberjacks recorded two 20-win seasons, won 16 games in the other season and never finished lower than third in the conference.
Kaspar spent nine seasons as the head coach at Incarnate Word. In his tenure, Incarnate Word posted an overall record of 219-52, which was the best record for any four-year Texas institution during the 1990s.