Last winter, Spencer Dunkley didn’t know he was watching his future team play. Back then, he was an assistant coach for the Caravel Academy boys basketball team, which topped Appoquinimink High in a hotly-contested battle.


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Last winter, Spencer Dunkley didn’t know he was watching his future team play. Back then, he was an assistant coach for the Caravel Academy boys basketball team, which topped Appoquinimink High in a hotly-contested battle.

“Appoquinimink probably should have won the game, but fell short at the end,” said the 6-foot-11 former University of Delaware basketball star.

Several months later, Dunkley accepted the Appoquinimink head coaching position. He remembered that the first varsity team in school history consisted of only freshmen and sophomores making their collective debut.

“My first impression was that I thought they had some discipline problems, but a lot of talent as well,” Dunkley said. “They were immature on the court at times, but also played with a sense of passion for the game.”

Now that he’s worked with the AHS kids for a few weeks, Dunkley is even more intrigued with the potential.

“I’ve never seen a group of kids that is so hungry for success,” Dunkley said. “A lot of them are looking at taking their careers beyond high school, and are willing to work for the opportunity to get there.”

Dunkley knows what it takes to make a living in basketball. After starring at Newark High and the University of Delaware, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers drafted him in the second round of the 1993 draft. Dunkley eventually played professionally for 10 years in Israel, Italy, Spain, France and Russia.

It was during that time that he learned the European style of play, which includes constant motion offenses and passes to open teammates.

“I’m a big believer in team unity and maintaining a disciplined group,” Dunkley said. “At the same time, I want to let the players show their talent and flair. We will get up and down the floor, and will run a lot.”

An Odessa resident, Dunkley stays busy chasing his three children with wife Denise. He also owns the Hungry Student Athletes Moving and Storage Company in New Castle.