Danny Kaspar

Daniel Joseph Kaspar (born November 16, 1954)[1] is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of Texas State University's men's basketball team. Before becoming head coach for Texas State in 2013, Kaspar served as head coach of the men's basketball team at Stephen F. Austin State University. Kaspar has also served as head coach at Incarnate Word, and as an assistant coach at Lamar, Midwestern State and Baylor.

Danny Kaspar
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamTexas State
ConferenceSun Belt
Record119–109 (.522)
Biographical details
Born (1954-11-16) November 16, 1954 (age 65)
Corpus Christi, Texas
Playing career
1973–1974Texas A&I
1974–1975McLennan CC
1976–1978North Texas
Position(s)Shooting guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1980Lamar (asst.)
1980–1983Midwestern State (asst.)
1983–1986Stephen F. Austin (asst.)
1986–1991Baylor (asst.)
1991–2000Incarnate Word
2000–2013Stephen F. Austin
2013–presentTexas State
Head coaching record
Overall584–302 (.659)
Accomplishments and honors

Early lifeEdit

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Kaspar graduated from Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi in 1973. He then attended Texas A&I University, a NAIA program at the time, and played shooting guard on the Texas A&I Javelinas basketball team for one year. He then transferred to McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas and North Texas State University.[2] On the North Texas State Mean Green basketball team, Kaspar averaged 7 points as a junior in 1976–77[3] and 4.2 points as a senior in 1977–78.[4] Kaspar graduated from North Texas State in 1978.[5]

Coaching careerEdit

Kaspar began his career as an assistant coach to Billy Tubbs at Division I Lamar University in the 1979–80 season, a season when Lamar finished the regular season first in the Southland Conference and advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.[6][7] In 1980, Kaspar became an assistant coach at Division II Midwestern State.[2] Kaspar then became an assistant on Harry Miller's staff at Stephen F. Austin in 1983 for three seasons, including two seasons in Stephen F. Austin's transition from Division II to Division I (1984–1986).[2][8]

From 1986 to 1991, Kaspar was an assistant to Gene Iba at Baylor.[9]

Incarnate Word (1991–2000)Edit

Kaspar was head coach at the NAIA program Incarnate Word for nine seasons from 1991 to 2000 and had a 219–52 record there.[9] In his tenure at Incarnate Word, Kaspar earned four Heart of Texas Conference Coach of the Year honors and led Incarnate Word to five regular season conference championships.[9]

Stephen F. Austin (2000–2013)Edit

In 2000, Kaspar returned to Stephen F. Austin to be head coach, having previously been an assistant coach from 1983 to 1986. Kaspar had a 246–141 record at Stephen F. Austin.[10] Stephen F. Austin had six seasons with 20 or more wins under Kaspar's tenure, four regular season Southland Conference championships, and made the 2009 NCAA Tournament after winning the Southland Tournament that year.[10] Additionally, Stephen F. Austin appeared in the National Invitation Tournament in 2008 and 2013.

Texas State (2013–present)Edit

Kaspar became head coach at Texas State in 2013. Texas State finished 8–23 in Kaspar's first season.[10] In seven seasons he has compiled a 119-109 record and lead his team to two CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament appearances. In June 2020, Kaspar was placed under investigation by the university after former player Jaylen Shead stated Kaspar made a series of racially-insensitive remarks.[11]

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Incarnate Word (Heart of Texas Conference, NAIA Independent) (1991–2000)
1991–92 Incarnate Word 21–9 6–4 3rd
1992–93 Incarnate Word 28–4 8–2 1st NAIA Tournament First Round
1993–94 Incarnate Word 24–6 7–3 1st NAIA Tournament First Round
1994–95 Incarnate Word 26–8 8–6 3rd NAIA Tournament First Round
1995–96 Incarnate Word 20–9 11–3 1st
1996–97 Incarnate Word 25–4 14–2 2nd NAIA Tournament First Round
1997–98 Incarnate Word 26–5 12–2 T–1st NAIA Tournament Quarterfinals
1998–99 Incarnate Word 28–2 9–1 1st NAIA Tournament Second Round
1999–00 Incarnate Word 21–5
Incarnate Word: 219–52 (.808) 75–23 (.765)
Stephen F. Austin (Southland Conference) (2000–2013)
2000–01 Stephen F. Austin 9–17 6–14 10th
2001–02 Stephen F. Austin 13–15 10–10 T–5th
2002–03 Stephen F. Austin 21–8 16–4 2nd
2003–04 Stephen F. Austin 21–9 10–6 4th
2004–05 Stephen F. Austin 12–15 6–10 9th
2005–06 Stephen F. Austin 17–12 9–7 T–4th
2006–07 Stephen F. Austin 15–14 8–8 T–3rd (West)
2007–08 Stephen F. Austin 26–6 13–3 1st (West) NIT Opening Round
2008–09 Stephen F. Austin 24–8 13–3 1st (East) NCAA First Round
2009–10 Stephen F. Austin 23–9 11–5 1st (East)
2010–11 Stephen F. Austin 18–11 9–7 T–3rd (West)
2011–12 Stephen F. Austin 20–12 12–4 2nd (West)
2012–13 Stephen F. Austin 26–3 16–2 1st NIT Opening Round
Stephen F. Austin: 246–141 (.636) 139–83 (.626)
Texas State (Sun Belt Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Texas State 8–23 4–14 10th
2014–15 Texas State 14–17 7–13 9th
2015–16 Texas State 15–16 8–12 T–7th
2016–17 Texas State 22–14 11–7 T–3rd CIT Quarterfinals
2017–18 Texas State 15–18 7–11 T–9th
2018–19 Texas State 24–10 12–6 T–2nd CIT First Round
2019–20 Texas State 21–11 13–7 T–2nd
Texas State: 119–109 (.522) 62–70 (.470)
Total: 584–302 (.659)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2014-09-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ a b c "Danny Kaspar". Texas State Bobcats. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  10. ^ a b c https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/coaches/danny-kaspar-1.html
  11. ^ Cobb, David (June 6, 2020). "Texas State coach Danny Kaspar under investigation for alleged racially-insensitive remarks". CBS Sports. Retrieved June 15, 2020.