By JERAMY STOVER, Sports Editor
Dymetrius Ware has not coached the University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s basketball team in a game since Jan. 9’s loss to Aquinas College.
Men’s assistant coach Jordan Sweeney has taken over the role on Jan. 13 under an interim tag for, as he put it on Jan. 16, “until further notice.”
The athletic department has yet to comment on the situation after being asked for confirmation as to Ware’s place with the department.
In an e-mail to The Michigan Journal on Jan. 15, Vice Chancellor of External Relations Kenneth Kettenbeil said that “Mr. Ware is still employed by the the University of Michigan-Dearborn.” But said he could not comment any further on employee matters.
This makes three jobs for Sweeney as he is not only on the staff of both men’s and women’s varsity teams but he is also the head coach of the men’s junior varsity team.
Sweeney admitted Jan. 16 he did not know much about the situation but more information is expected to be coming soon.
“We are still working through that process and how that’s going to work out at this point. We are going to have a meeting sometime this coming week and we’re going to cover some more of those details, we just haven’t gotten there yet,” Sweeney said.
Ware was in his third season with the Wolverines and compiled a 9-69 record during his tenure, which includes an 0-17 start to this season.
According to the University of Michigan-Dearborn athletics website, Ware came to the university in 2011 and took over as director of basketball operations for the men’s basketball team. He then left that position to become the interim head coach of the women’s team prior to the 2013 season.
His assistant coaches, Danielle Johnson and Dylan Brown, will remain on the staff for the remainder of the season, according to Sweeney.
With Sweeney having a busy schedule coaching both the men’s junior varsity team and assisting with the men’s varsity team, he hasn’t watched a lot of the women’s team play. So he knows he has challenges ahead of him but is more than willing to face the tough task.
“There are quite a few challenges. I didn’t know many of the girls; I don’t know what they’re doing for the offensive scheme or the defensive scheme or their philosophy or anything like that,” Sweeney said. “So first thing was coming in and learning who they were and who they are as people and just getting some very basic things in place as to what I want to do and then we’re just going to go from there.”
Ware was taken off the staff directory on the athletics website, but was put back on the site not too long after. The Michigan Journal contacted Ware by phone, but he did not return requests for comment.