Spiker, a television-radio major and minor in sport studies and business, was named the 26th head coach in Drexel history in 2016 and just the sixth since the school became a member of Division I. In his four seasons at Drexel, Spiker has had six All-Colonial Athletic Association selections and two of his recruits have been named to the CAA All-Rookie Team.
University of Massachusetts Amherst Athletics Director Ryan Bamford '00 played men’s basketball with Spiker, and they were roommates during their time on South Hill.
“Like any good roommate and teammate, even now that we are in the same business, I talk to Zach often – anything from a coach perspective and some of the things I’m doing administratively, and he talks about some of the things he’s doing in coaching,” said Bamford. “We run a bunch of things off each other, and I’m so proud of what he’s done in his career. He’s just a wonderful coach with great integrity and a really good ambassador and alum for Ithaca College.”
Drexel clinched the CAA championship after its preseason top-three ranking in the CAA and moved on to the 2021 NCAA tournament.
This story was updated on March 19 to reflect the final outcome of the game.