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Dustin Kerns was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Appalachian State men's basketball team to their first conference title in 45 years.
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Appalachian State Men’s Basketball To Host Tip-Off Dinner on November 1

After a record-breaking season that included a regular season Sun Belt championship, App State men’s basketball is set to host its annual Tip-Off Dinner at the Holmes Convocation Center on Nov. 1. The event will start at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $125 per person while kids under 12 years old can get in for $25. There is also an option to sponsor a table that includes eight seats, your company logo featured on the sponsored table and your company logo appearing on the video board for $1,600.

This year’s event is headlined by former App State assistant coach Jimmy Dykes, who is currently a sportscaster for ESPN and the SEC Network. Dykes was the head coach for the Arkansas women’s basketball team from 2014-17, guiding the Razorbacks to an NCAA Tournament victory in 2015. Dykes has also worked as a scout in the NBA and an assistant for multiple NCAA Division I programs. He has been with ESPN for over 20 years.

Dykes was an assistant at App State from 1986-87 under Tom Apke. He was a three-year letterwinner at Arkansas as a player, competing under legendary head coach Eddie Sutton. He is also the author of a book, “The Film Doesn’t Lie,” which was published in 2020.

“Our Tip-Off Dinner is always a special night for our program,” head coach Dustin Kerns said. “This year, we are excited to welcome former App State assistant coach Jimmy Dykes to Boone. Jimmy is one of the most well-respected minds in basketball and I can’t wait for him to experience our great community in Boone.”

Attendees to the annual Tip-Off Dinner will be treated to dinner and get an inside look from Coach Kerns on the upcoming season. There will also be a question-and-answer with this year’s team.

{Information provided by Appalachian State Athletics}