CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---Chattanooga men’s basketball hired Rick Cabrera as assistant men’s basketball coach announced by Head Coach John Shulman on Wednesday. Cabrera comes to UTC from Lackawanna College in Lackawanna, Pa.
“I first met Rick 10 years ago when we got to Tennessee Tech,” said Shulman. “He had just finished playing and stepped into a student assistant role and immediately impressed with a great attitude, very positive and a hard worker.
“He is from a basketball family and is a basketball guy,” added Shulman. “He’s a great fit for us...a great fit for me. I don’t just hire a recruiter. I believe in hiring coaches who can also recruit and that’s definitely Rick.”
Rick comes to Chattanooga after four years as head coach at Lackawanna. He accumulated a record of 100-28 winning two region titles. His 2007-08 squad went 22-9 losing in the region semifinals. Cabrera was named region Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006 and coached three NJCAA All-Americans and eight All-Region players.
Prior to his stint at Lackawanna, Cabrera, 32, logged two years as an assistant coach at Keystone College (2003-04) and spent the 2001-02 season as an assistant for Miami (Fla.) Killian High School. He served as a graduate assistant at Tennessee Tech following his career at the Cookeville, Tenn., school for former Chattanooga Head Coach Jeff Lebo and Shulman.
During his playing career at TTU, Rick received his bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies in 1999 and his master’s in Instructional Leadership in 2001. Following his senior season, Cabrera was named the Golden Eagles MVP and earned the Sam Harley Lynn Award.
A two-year letterwinner at TTU, Cabrera transferred from Vincennes University Junior College in Vincennes, Ind., where he played with future NBA players Shawn Marion (Miami Heat) and Tyrone Nesby (Washington Wizards). His father Hugo Cabrera, Sr., is in the Dominican Republic’s Hall of Fame and was voted its “Player of the Century”.
Cabrera’s main duties will be recruiting and on-the-floor coaching.