Bezold Dave Bezold just completed his fifth season as the men's
basketball head coach at Northern Kentucky University. Bezold owns
a 100-50 record in five years as Norse head coach.
spent 14 years as an assistant coach at NKU, guided his Norse to
a third straight Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division championship
last season. NKU posted a 24-7 record, won the GLVC Tournament championship
for the first time since 2003 and advanced to the NCAA Division
II Tournament for the third consecutive year.
ago, Bezold led the Norse to a 24-9 record and the GLVC East Division
championship. His Norse later advanced to the NCAA Division II Great
Lakes Region Tournament championship game. NKU also featured GLVC
Player of the Year and first team All-American Steven Wright.
Four years ago,
Bezold guided his team to a 17-11 record. NKU knocked off No. 6
Findlay in the season opener, marking the second straight year Bezold
guided his team to a victory over a nationally ranked opponent in
the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic. The Norse also posted a
road upset at nationally ranked Lynn (Fla.) in late December. Bezold
led his team to wins against NCAA Tournament participants Grand
Valley State and Drury.
In his first
year as head coach, Bezold led NKU to the championship game of the
GLVC Tournament. NKU finished with a 14-15 overall mark and as GLVC
Ken Shields as the Norse's head coach after the 2003-04 season.
is the fourth head coach in the history of the NKU men's basketball
program. He was selected as the head coach on April 22, 2004..
an honor to be selected as Northern Kentucky University's head coach,
and I'm looking forward to the challenge," Bezold said. "I
am proud to represent Northern Kentucky University and its high
standards, and I will do my best to uphold the values for which
NKU is known both locally and nationally."
With Bezold serving as
the team's defensive coordinator, NKU won NCAA Division II Great
Lakes Region championships in 1996 and '97. The Norse also finished
as NCAA Division II national runner-up in those two seasons.
For five games during
the 2001-02 season, Bezold temporarily took over as head coach when
Shields was sidelined with back problems. NKU posted a 3-2 record
with Bezold guiding the team that season.
"We had a strong
candidate pool for this position, all of whom have proven themselves
capable of coaching at the highest level," NKU President Dr.
James Votruba said, "but I believe we have chosen the best
candidate to lead us to the next level."
Bezold also served as
NKU's women's tennis head coach from 1996-2000, and he led the Norse
to Great Lakes Valley Conference championships in both 1998 and
Bezold was twice named
GLVC Coach of the Year in women's tennis, and he guided NKU to a
pair of NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in 1999 and 2000.
Bezold is a 1990 graduate
of Viterbo (Wis.) College. He played four years at Viterbo and helped
the V-Hawks advance to the NAIA national tournament twice. Bezold
was Viterbo's team captain his senior season.
A 1984 graduate of Covington
Holy Cross High School, Bezold earned three letters in basketball
for the Indians. He also lettered three years in baseball at Holy
Bezold and his
wife, Lisa, have two children, Tyler (12) and Abigail (9). They
reside in Taylor Mill, Ky.