OAKLAND CITY -- It’ll take two people, not one, to replace Mike Sandifar at Oakland City University.
The Daily Clarion has learned that the athletic director and men’s basketball head coaching positions will not be held by the same person the coming school year.
It’ll be the first time those jobs have been split since the 1999-2000 through 2002-2003 school years, when Sandifar also took on a role as assistant to the president. He served as both athletic director and men’s basketball coach the 1987-88 through 1998-99 academic years, and again the past 16 years. In between, John Hayes served four years as Mighty Oaks head basketball coach before resigning to become teacher and coach at Tell City High School.
Sandifar coached the Oaks for 28 seasons while compiling a 557-268 record.
The Daily Clarion has also learned Sandifar’s successor on the bench has been found.
Lee Moore is expected to be named the new Men’s Basketball coach for the Mighty Oaks.
Moore, 57, spent the last three seasons as the head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs at Williams Baptist College as well as the head baseball coach.
Moore, a native of Kenai, Alaska, last coached men’s basketball during the 2015-16 season at Taccoa Falls College.
In addition to coaching the Mighty Oaks hoops program, he will also guide the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country programs.
Lee takes over for William Niederhaus who will be joining his father on staff at Princeton Community.
Dr. Ronald Dempsey, who was announced Monday as the presidential successor to the retiring Dr. Ray Barber, will be invited to choose the next athletic director.
Also, former University of Southern Indiana volleyball player Amy Zwissler has been named the volleyball head coaching replacement for Tammy LaGrange, who resigned after one season. LaGrange now spends considerable time taking care of her brother, still recovering from injuries suffered November 17 in a head-on auto crash.
The university’s annual athletic auction, which was started over 20 years again by Sandifar, will continue.
It is scheduled Sat., Sept. 28, in the Johnson Center.
NOTE: A full story on the hiring of Moore will be in Saturday’s edition of the Clarion.