June 24, 2008
Northridge, Calif. - It's official. Danny Sprinkle is back.
For six seasons (2000-01 through 2005-06), Sprinkle successfully served on the Cal State Northridge coaching staff as an assistant coach. His duties included coaching the Matador guards, assisting head coach Bobby Braswell with the team's offense in addition to running the team's film exchange and team travel, and during his last three seasons on the Matador campus, Sprinkle coordinated the school's recruiting efforts. It was his first coaching responsibilities at the collegiate level. In Sprinkle's first season (2000-01) at Cal State Northridge, the Matadors captured the Big Sky regular and tournament titles, and advanced to the school's first appearance ever in the NCAA Tournament. That season, the Matadors scored a school record 2,650 points (22-10 record).
After his coaching tenure at Cal State Northridge, Sprinkle moved on to become an assistant coach at Montana State (2006-07, 2007-08), where he gained undergraduate stardom as a player for the Bobcats (1995-99)
Sprinkle is now back on the Cal State Northridge coaching staff for his second tour of duty as an assistant basketball coach.
"I'll always consider Danny (Sprinkle) to be a Northridge guy even though he played at Montana State and enjoyed a wonderful career," said Braswell. "When he left here a couple years ago, he left with my blessing to have the opportunity to go back to his alma mater. When we had the opportunity to hire Danny back here at Northridge, I did everything I could to get him back. He is one of hardest working coaches in the business. He is loyal to me and the basketball program. We are extremely excited to have Danny back in the Northridge family."
As an undergraduate at Montana State, Sprinkle not only started all four seasons, but also helped lead the Bobcats to the Big Sky Tournament four times and twice led his team to the Big Sky Championship game in 1996 (scored 30 points) and 1998.
Sprinkle was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player as a freshman (1995-96) after helping Montana State claim the regular season and tournament title. A three-time all-conference player, Sprinkle earned first team All-Big Sky honors as a sophomore after finishing the 1996-97 season sixth in the conference in scoring and third in three-pointers made per game and in three-point field goal percentage.
Sprinkle is the Montana State school record holder with 263 three-pointers. His career three-pointers made still ranks fourth all-time in Big Sky Conference history. In a 1999 game at Sacramento State, Sprinkle made a school record nine 3-pointers.
During his playing days at Montana State, Sprinkle shot .418 (263-for-628) from three-point range (#6 all-time in MSU history), and .473 (529-for-1,118) overall from the floor. Sprinkle averaged 13.4 points per game (1,497 points, #6 all-time in school history), and collected 233 assists and 74 steals during his four seasons.
In 2006, Sprinkle was named to the Montana State Athletic Hall of Fame, the first year of eligibility.
Sprinkle, who was born in Pullman, Washington, on Oct. 12, 1976, enjoyed an outstanding career at Helena High School in Montana. His basketball career included being named all-state twice. Sprinkle also competed in football (all-state as a wide receiver) and track (all-state in the hurdles) at Helena HS where he graduated in 1995.
Sprinkle graduated from Montana State in 2000 with a Bachelor's degree in Health Enhancement.
"I'm excited about the team coming back in 2008-09," said Sprinkle. "It's a great opportunity to work with coach Braswell again. I would not have come back if I didn't think so highly of coach Braswell and how he runs his program. There's a lot of excitement about this year's team with so many players coming back. We should have a successful season and I'm looking forward to be a part of it."
Matador Minute ...
Xavier Reed, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound forward/guard, is leaving the Matador program to play basketball at Minnesota State University Moorhead ... Reed, who hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, redshirted the 2007-08 season at Cal State Northridge ... Matador head coach Bobby Braswell said "Xavier is an outstanding young man who will have the opportunity to play collegiately in his home state of Minnesota. We want to wish Xavier the best both athletically and academically."