Spiker, 33, agrees to take Army job

BY foxsports • October 3, 2009

Cornell assistant coach Zach Spiker has agreed in principle to a six-year contract to replace Jim Crews as Army's men's basketball coach.

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According to a source, the 33-year-old Spiker was selected over Arizona State associate head coach Dedrique Taylor and St. John's assistant Fred Quartlebaum.

ESPN.com first reported the news.

"I am extremely humbled and excited by the opportunity that Mr. Anderson has given me to coach at West Point," Spiker said in a statement. "I can't wait to get to work, and I am looking forward to serving this senior class to make this season the best it can be. I am confident we will all work together and make this a great experience for everybody."

Spiker has been integral to Cornell's success as the Big Red have won consecutive Ivy League titles.

"We couldn't be more excited to name Zach Spiker as the head coach of our men's basketball program," U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Buster Hagenbeck added. "Zach impressed us with his high-energy level, intimate knowledge of our program and well-conceived plan to deliver a championship to the Army program."

While Spiker has no military connections, multiple sources told FOXSports.com that he impressed Army athletic director Kevin Anderson in a pair of interviews — one on campus and one in Chicago.

"We conducted a national search and spoke to a tremendous pool of candidates," Anderson said. "Throughout the process, one individual clearly rose to the top.

"Zach is highly regarded by some of the most well-respected coaches in the country. He is widely recognized as one of the true young talents in the coaching profession and someone we feel is ready to lead our program to a Patriot League championship."

Spiker is expected to retain all three assistants on the staff.