7th Season on Coach Dambrot’s Staff
Steve McNees, a former four-year letterman for head coach Keith Dambrot at Akron, is in his seventh season on his former head coach’s staff.
McNees spent three seasons on the Akron staff, including a season as the interim director of basketball operations, before being named director of basketball operations in August of 2014. Before assuming his interim role, McNees spent the previous two-plus seasons as the team’s video coordinator (2012-13) and administrative assistant (2011-12).
In his four seasons as a student-athlete with the Zips, McNees broke the school record for games played, appearing in 141 of 142 possible games. He helped Akron to two Mid-American Conference Tournament titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances (2009, 2011), an NIT appearance (2008) and a spot in the 2010 College Basketball Invitational. He was a part of the class of 2011, which led UA to 94 wins, third-most by any class in program history.
McNees averaged 7.0 points per game (981 points) for his career and also set the school record for minutes played in a season (1,135) during the 2010-11 campaign. He connected on 221-of-638 3-point attempts (34.6 percent) and had 318 assists to just 178 turnovers. His 318 total assists rank seventh in the Akron record book. McNees was named to the MAC All-Freshman team in 2007-08 and the MAC All-Tournament team as a sophomore.
Following his senior season, McNees traveled to Austria to play professionally, before returning to Akron to pursue a career in coaching.
McNees is 2006 graduate of Shenango High School in New Castle, Pa., where he played for his father, Bill, who won 312 games in 25 years at SHS. A four-year starter, Steve finished his career tied for 15th in WPIAL history with 2,192 points and with school records for points, assists (824) and steals (233).
A member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2006 Fabulous 5, Steve earned a bachelor’s in sports management from Akron in 2010 and completed his master’s in sports administration while concluding his playing career in 2011.
He and his wife, Tina, reside in Mars. Pa.