PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN)- Its been 19 years since Chip Hare stepped onto the hard court as a Dayton Flyer.
“I was forward center,” said Hare, as he dribbled the basketball inside Piqua High School’s gymnasium. “Some would say there wasn’t a shot I didn’t like. I played inside but I was also fortunate enough to be able to play on the outside and also liked to shoot the three ball.”
Hare is now an athletic director at Piqua High School. The former UD basketball player was featured on countless program covers during his 1991-1995 stint. It was an experience he values more with each passing year.
” To be a part of such a tradition, for me, as I get older, its a true honor,” said Hare. A lot of pride runs through my heart as a former Dayton Flyer.
A pride embedded in Hare since his early years. He recalls Dayton’s 1984 Sweet 16 win and truly believes it can be repeated by Archie Miller’s team on Friday.
“We all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and certainly Dayton basketball brings that to the community. Plus, its nice to see the national attention on Dayton.”
Hare plans to make the trip to Memphis should the team advance to the Elite Eight Saturday.