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One of Dayton’s all-time greats to coach UD alums in $2 million winner-takes-all tournament

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 11:01 AM

Dayton against Capital in an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at UD Arena.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Dayton against Capital in an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at UD Arena.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

University of Dayton alum Damon Goodwin will coach a team of former Dayton Flyers in The Basketball Tournament, a $2 million winner-takes-all national event starting in July.

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Goodwin was a natural choice for former Dayton walk-ons Jeremiah Bonsu and Joey Gruden, who formed the team, because Goodwin will be coaching on his home court at Capital University in the opening rounds. He has led the Crusaders since the 1994-95 season.

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The team, nicknamed the Red Scare, has eight members at the moment:  Kevin Dillard; Devin Oliver; Vee Sanford; Dyshawn Pierre; Kendall Pollard; Kyle Davis; Darrell Davis; and Josh Cunningham.

The Red Scare will play in July at Capital in Bexley, just east of downtown Columbus. There will be four first-round games on July 19, two semifinal games the on July 20 and the regional final on July 21. The bracket will be announced June 11. General admission tickets cost $25.

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Goodwin guided Capital to a 21-8 mark last season and a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament. He coached against his former teammate, Dayton head coach Anthony Grant, in an exhibition game at UD Arena last season. Dayton won 89-71.

Goodwin played for the Flyers from 1982-86 and ranks 34th in school history with 1,191 points.