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Encyclopedia > Tom Crean (basketball coach)

Tom Crean (born March 25, 1966 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States) is the current head men's basketball coach at Marquette University. Crean has been at the helm since the 1999-2000 season and holds a 141-76 record through the 2005-06 season. In September of 2006 Crean signed a 10 year extension that will keep him in Milwaukee until the 2016-17 season. March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Mount Pleasant Henge is a Neolithic henge enclosure in the English county of Dorset. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... Marquette University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university in the United States. ... This article is about Milwaukee in Wisconsin. ...

In Tom Crean's first seven season at the helm, the Marquette program averaged 20 wins a year, won a conference championship (2003 Conference USA title) and made six postseason appearances, including the 2003 Final Four, the program's third appearance all-time and first since 1977. The success of the program continued in Marquette's inaugural BIG EAST conference campaign where the surprising Golden Eagles earned a fourth-place finish in conference play on their way to a 20-win season and an NCAA Tournament bid in 2006. Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference which is now in the Southern United States. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ...


Assistant Coaching Career

Western Kentucky

Crean served as the Associate Head Coach for Ralph Willard from 1990-1994 for the Hilltoppers. WKU made the NIT in Crean's second year on the staff and then proceeded to earn two straight NCAA berths, including a Sweet 16 finish in 1993. Ralph Willard is an American college head coach of mens basketball. ... NIT or Nit or nit can refer to:- A common name for various types of lice eggs. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ...


After leaving Western Kentucky, Crean followed Ralph Willard to Pittsburgh as an assistant head coach on the Panthers staff during the 1995 season.

Michigan State

Crean had two stints in East Lansing. His first coaching position in Division I was part of Jud Heathcote's Spartan Squad in 1989-90 when MSU won the Big Ten championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Jud Heathcote (May 27, 1927 – ) is a former college mens basketball coach. ...

In 1996, Crean returned to the Spartans staff to work for current Head Coach, Tom Izzo. The Spartans would go to the NIT in Crean's first two years and then earned berths to two consecutive NCAA tournaments including a Final Four run in 1999. Crean had a large role in bringing in Mateen Cleaves and Morris Peterson to the club. Tom Izzo (born January 30, 1955 in Iron Mountain, Michigan) is the mens basketball coach for Michigan State University. ...

Head Coaching Career

Marquette University

Tom Crean was hired as the Marquette coach on April 1, 1999 to replace Mike Deane. Crean would be the Xth coach in Marquette history.

In Crean's seven seasons he has never had a losing record despite inheriting a team with a losing record in his inaugural campaign. He has taken MU to the post season in six of his seven seasons.

OVERALL RECORD 141-76 (.650)

 Marquette 2000 15-14 .517 NIT Marquette 2001 15-14 .517 -- Marquette 2002 26-7 .788 NCAA Tournament Marquette 2003 27-6 .818 NCAA Tournament - Final Four - C-USA Regular Season Champions Marquette 2004 19-12 .613 NIT Marquette 2005 19-12 .613 NIT Marquette 2006 20-11 .645 NCAA Tournament 


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Crean's Players in the Pros

Tom Crean has coached many terrific basketball players as a Head Coach and Assistant Coach at the Division I level. Nine of his players have reached the NBA thus far and many others have played professionally in Europe and other parts of the world. World map showing Europe Political map (neighbouring countries in Asia and Africa also shown) Europe is one of the seven traditional continents of the Earth. ...

Crean's NBA players include:

Dwyane Wade - Miami Heat
Travis Diener - Orlando Magic
Steve Novak - Houston Rockets
Mateen Cleaves
Steve Smith
Morris Peterson
Jamie Feick
Vonteego Cummings
Matt Steigenga Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... Travis Lyle Diener (born March 1, 1982 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA. Following a successful college career at Marquette University, he was a second round draft choice (38th overall) of the Orlando Magic in the 2005 NBA Draft. ... Steve Novak (born June 13, 1984 in Brown Deer, Wisconsin) is a basketball player who was selected in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. ... Mateen Cleaves (born September 7, 1977 in Flint, Michigan) is a professional basketball player most recently playing for the Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA. Cleaves led the Michigan State basketball team to a national championship in 2000 and won the Most Outstanding Player award. ... Morris Peterson (born August 26, 1977 in Flint, Michigan, USA) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. Peterson played collegiate basketball at Michigan State University, and helped lead them to the 2000 NCAA title. ... Vonteego Cummings is a former NBA player from Thomson, Georgia. ... Matthew Todd Steigenga (born February 27, 1970 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a retired NBA basketball player. ...

2003 Final Four

The 2002-03 season would go down as one of the most magical seasons in NCAA history. For the first time in two decades, a non BCS school would advance to the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans on the tremendous play of Dwyane Wade, Travis Diener, Scott Merritt, Robert Jackson and others. Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... Travis Lyle Diener (born March 1, 1982 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA. Following a successful college career at Marquette University, he was a second round draft choice (38th overall) of the Orlando Magic in the 2005 NBA Draft. ...

The Big East Conference

On January 3, 2006, Marquette University played #2 UCONN in their first ever Big East conference game. The Golden Eagles took advantage of their inaugural opportunity by not only upsetting the #2 Huskies but blowing them out by double digits. Steve Novak led Marquette to the upset win by turning in the finest individual performance in Big East history, pouring in 41 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Marquette would go on to finish 4th in their first season in the Big East despite the dire predictions of many pundits who penciled the Golden Eagles for 12th place or worse. Marquette received an At-Large berth to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Connecticut, commonly known as UConn, is the State of Connecticuts flagship land-grant university. ... The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletics conference consisting of thirteen universities, mostly in the northeastern United States: Boston College (scheduled to leave in 2005) University of Connecticut (UConn) Georgetown University (Plays Division I-AA football in the Patriot League) University of Notre Dame (Plays Division I-A football...

Coaching Highlights

- Two-time recipient of the Ray Meyer Conference-USA Coach of the Year (2001-2002, 2002-2003)
- Two-time honoree as the District 11 Coach of the Year (2001-2002, 2002-2003)
- 2003 Claire Bee Award, given annually to the active Division I men’s basketball coach who has made the most significant positive contribution to his sport during the previous year
- Assistant coach, USA Basketball 2004 World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Tournament, Gold Medal
USA Basketball is a non-profit organization and the national governing body of basketball in United States (USA). ...

The Crean Coaching Tree

Despite the fact he is only 40 years old and has had just one head coaching job at the Division I level, Tom Crean has already sprouted a coaching tree. No fewer than four of his assistant coaches have already been promoted to head coaching status in the college ranks throughout the country.

Tim Buckley - Ball State University
Tod Kowalczyk - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Darrin Horn - Western Kentucky University
Kyle Green - Lewis University
Ball State University is a state-run university located in Muncie, Indiana. ... The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (known to students simply as GB) is a public university located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA. It is part of the University of Wisconsin System of schools. ... Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a public university in Bowling Green, Kentucky. ... Lewis University is a private Catholic university located in Romeoville, Illinois. ...

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