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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland State coach Gary Waters has retired after 11 seasons.
The winningest coach in school history, Waters announced he is stepping down on Tuesday, just days after the Vikings lost in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament to finish 9-22.
"My time here at Cleveland State has been a tremendous capstone to my coaching career," Waters said. "I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to mentor an amazing group of student athletes and look forward to the opportunity to continue to support the program in the future."
Waters took over CSU's program in 2006 after five seasons at Rutgers and averaged 20 wins in his first six seasons. He guided the Vikings to the 2009 NCAA Tournament, where Cleveland State stunned Wake Forest in the first round.
Waters, though, was unable to maintain the success as CSU's program was hurt by several top players transferring. The Vikings went just 18-45 in Waters' final two seasons.
Waters gained his reputation as a program builder at Kent State, where he developed a team that made it to the Elite Eight in 2002 -- the year after he left. In Waters' final season at KSU, 2001, the Golden Flashes defeated Indiana in their NCAA Tournament opener before falling to Cincinnati in the Round of 32.
Cleveland State says a search to replace Waters has begun.
Akron's Dambrot, Johnson take top MAC awards
CLEVELAND -- Akron's Keith Dambrot and Zips center Isaiah Johnson are the Mid-American Conference's coach and player of the year.
Dambrot led Akron to a 24-7 record in the regular season and the top seed in this week's conference tournament. Dambrot notched his 400th career win and 300th at the school this season. This is the second straight year Dambrot has won the honor and third time overall.
Johnson averaged 16.2 points and made 63 percent of his shots while leading the Zips to consecutive MAC East titles. The 6-foot-10, 290-pounder nicknamed "Big Dog" scored in double digits in 13 of the past 14 games. He joins Romeo Travis as the only Akron players to win the award, which was voted on by a panel of 37 media members and the league's 12 coaches.