Veteran Big West Conference assistant coach Danny Sprinkle joins the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball coaching staff for his second season on the sidelines in 2014-15 as the Titans recruiting coordinator.
"Coach Sprinkle has developed a great reputation in college basketball circles across the country," Taylor said. "He has a very good understanding of recruiting to our university based on over 10 years of experience in the Big West Conference and he will be the driving force behind our recruiting efforts as well as play a huge role in the development of each of our players both on and off the court. His energy is relentless as well as contagious and we are proud to have him as a part of the Titan basketball family."
In his first season at Fullerton, and less than seven months on the job, Taylor’s staff committed its first official class during the early signing period in November of 2013. The Titans signed two local Southern California products in Jamar Akoh and Ron Freeman as well as transfers Malcolm Henderson and Lanerryl Johnson.
Sprinkle spent 11 seasons and two tours of duty as an assistant coach at Big West rival Cal State Northridge from 2001-06 and, again, from 2008-13, working with the Matadors' guards, assisting with the offense, and coordinating the program's recruiting efforts. In his first season, Northridge captured the Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles to make the school's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
While at Northridge, Sprinkle helped the Matadors to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths (2001 and 2009), Big West Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2008-09, the Big Sky regular season and tournament crowns in 2000-01, and another berth in the Big West Tournament championship game in 2003-04. In 2004, he was promoted to recruiting coordinator, recruiting or assisting in the recruitment of 15 all-conference players, including one conference tournament MVP, six all-freshman team selections, one freshman of the year, and 15 players who eventually went on to play professionally at some level.
He also spent two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Montana State, from 2006-08, serving as the Bobcats' recruiting coordinator, assisting with the offense, and development of MSU's perimeter players. As an undergraduate, Sprinkle was a four-year starter for the Bobcats, helping lead the program to four Big Sky Conference Tournaments -- including the championship game twice in 1996 and 1998 -- and was named the tournament MVP as a freshman after helping Montana State claim both the regular season and tournament titles.
A three-time All-Big Sky Conference selection, Sprinkle entered the 2012-13 season as the school's career record holder with 263 three-pointers made -- a total that also ranks fourth in Big Sky history -- while shooting .418 from three-point range and .473 from the floor overall for his career. He averaged 13.4 points per game in his four seasons, ranking sixth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,497 points, while also collecting 233 assists and 74 steals.
Sprinkle, who was born in Pullman, Wash., and was an all-state selection in basketball twice at Helena High School in Montana, was inducted into the Montana State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 in his first year of eligibility. He graduated from Montana State in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in Health and Human Development.