He earned four varsity basketball letters at The University of Akron, helping the Zips to a 22-3 mark his senior season. He went on to quickly get his masters at the University of Cincinnati where he was schooled under Ed Jucker and during the next two years he got more coaching knowledge from Fred Taylor at Ohio State while he earned his doctor's degree. The following year he became assistant coach at Akron U and then - at the ripe old age of 26 - became the 13th head basketball coach at his alma mater. Over a seven year span his Zip teams produced 126 victories and 60 defeats. He took his teams to the national college division finals three times, finishing runner-up in 1972 when the team won 26 of 31 games - most ever in the school's history.