A familiar face is returning to Ottawa University.
OU men’s basketball head coach Aaron Siebenthall hired former Brave Chase Dippel to his staff as an assistant coach, according to a news release. Siebenthall has also brought in Jamie Batish as a graduate assistant coach.
“I am really excited about the staff we have put together,” Siebenthall said. “Coach Phil McClintock returns as my top assistant and recruiting coordinator. We will have two new faces this year. Returning to campus will be Chase Dippel. Chase will bring passion and energy to his position. He will be heavily involved in all aspects of our program while focusing on player development and recruiting. Jamie Batish will be our new graduate assistant coach. Jamie has DI and professional playing experience. He will focus on our junior varsity program, but will certainly be involved in all facets of the program. Both Chase and Jamie are rising stars in the college basketball coaching profession, and we are fortunate to have them on our coaching staff.”
Dippel returns to the Braves after spending the previous two years as a graduate assistant coach with the University of Saint Mary men’s basketball program. While at USM, he helped with day-to-day operations, scouted for the Spires, assisted with recruiting and helped with player development. Dippel was also a basketball instructor with Midwest Elite Basketball.
Prior to that, Dippel spent one year as a social studies teacher at Southern Cloud High School in Glasco, Kansas. While at SCHS, he was an assistant football and basketball coach, and was the freshman class sponsor.
Dippel was a four-year letterman on the basketball court for the Braves. He also earned two letters in tennis while at OU. He made his mark in the men’s basketball record book, where he is ranked in the career top 10 in scoring (1,354), field goals attempted (1,149), and 3-point field goals made (254).
On the tennis court, Dippel is ranked in the career top 10 in singles wins, singles winning percentage, No. 2 singles wins, No. 3 singles wins, career doubles wins and career doubles winning percentage.
Dippel graduated from OU with a bachelor’s degree in history, and from the University of Saint Mary with a master’s degree in education, with concentration in adult education.
Batish played professional basketball in 2016-17 for the Sandringham Sabres of the South East Australian Basketball League in Melbourne, Australia. In 2016, he played for the Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League in Cheshire, England.
Batish also coached and officiated for the Sandringham Basketball Association, worked at the Locker Room Sports Store, and ran social media accounts for Fika.
He played two years at Neosho Community College before transferring to Western Illinois University. Batish graduated from NCCC with his associates degree. He graduated from WIU with a bachelor’s degree in communication, with a minor in marketing.
Batish is working on his MBA from Ottawa University.
Dippel and Batish will start Aug. 21.