Rick Albro is in his third season on the Spartan women's basketball staff. Albro brings more than 38 years of coaching experience and over 400 wins as a head coach to the Spartan program, including collegiate positions at Cleveland State University and Aquinas College.
After spending three years as the top men's assistant at Cleveland State from 2003-06, Albro's most recent position was the head boys' varsity basketball coach at Grandville High School for the 2006-07 season.
Prior to Cleveland State, Albro served as the head men's basketball coach at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., from 1990-2003. The winningest coach in Aquinas history, Albro was named the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after setting a school record with a 23-10 mark in 1999-2000. Albro twice earned NAIA District Coach of the Year honors. While at Aquinas, Albro was also the school's sports information director, handling all the publicity for the Saints' athletic program.
Before heading across town to coach at Aquinas College, Albro coached at East Grand Rapids High School for 13 seasons, leading the boys' varsity basketball team from 1978-90 while also coaching the girls' varsity team three seasons (1983, 1987, 1988). At East Grand Rapids, Albro's teams won four conference, six district and three regional titles, and in 1983 his team advanced to the state tournament semifinals.
Albro has a history of developing players. Included among his East High graduates are Garde Thompson, who went on to star at Michigan, and Jim Boylen, who played at Maine before starting an NBA coaching career which included two NBA championships with the Houston Rockets.
In addition to his coaching duties at Aquinas College and Cleveland State, Albro worked for 15 years (1988-2003) for the Michigan Camp of Champions. He was the founder of the residential basketball camps for high school boys and girls, attended by more than 4,000 athletes.
Albro has also worked and been hired as a basketball clinician at several prestigious camps throughout his career, including the Michigan State Basketball Camp and the Five Star Camp in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Albro's coaching career began at St. Charles (Mich.) High School, where he served as the head golf coach and JV basketball coach for three years and the athletic director for two years. He then moved on to Marlette (Mich.) High School, coaching the boys' varsity basketball team from 1974-78 in addition to being the athletic director for three years.
Albro graduated from Western Michigan in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He earned his master's degree in education administration from Central Michigan in 1985.