Tommy Amaker, Head Coach, Harvard Crimson Basketball
Tommy Amaker has been head coach of men’s basketball at Harvard since April 13, 2007 and begins his sixth season in 2012-13. Tommy, who holds a 268-195 career head coaching record, posted a 108-84 ledger at Michigan and a 68-55 record at ... More
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Tommy Amaker has been head coach of men’s basketball at Harvard since April 13, 2007 and begins his sixth season in 2012-13. Tommy, who holds a 268-195 career head coaching record, posted a 108-84 ledger at Michigan and a 68-55 record at Seton Hall and has guided the Crimson to the postseason in each of the last two seasons, and is 92-56 at Harvard.
Amaker, has won two NCAA championships and advanced to five Final Fours as an assistant at Duke before embarking on a successful head coaching career at Seton Hall, Michigan, and then Harvard.
For his successes with the Harvard team, Amaker was named the USBWA and NABC District Coach of the Year, as well as the College Insider Ivy League Coach of the Year. Amaker was also tabbed a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award and the Hugh Durham Award for coaching and was selected as a candidate for the Associated Press National Coach of the Year.
Amaker came to Harvard after six years as Michigan’s head coach and led the Wolverines to the postseason three times, winning the 2004 NIT title. His first head coaching position was at Seton Hall, where his teams reached the postseason every year during his tenure. He led the Pirates to the NCAA round of 16 in 2000 and to three appearances in the NIT. He was credited with bringing in the top recruiting class in the country for the 2000-01 season, including the national high school player of the year.
Tommy has been the head coach of six players who were either drafted, or signed as free agents, by NBA clubs, including two first-round draft picks.
As a player, at Duke, Tommy was a four-year starting point guard, helping the Blue Devils reach the NCAA tournament four times. He led Duke to the 1986 NCAA championship game as part of a 37-3 season, and he earned All-America accolades in 1987 while serving as team captain. Amaker was the 1987 winner of the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation’s top defensive player, and he was enshrined in the Duke Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. Amaker’s playing career also includes a gold medal as part of the U.S. national team at the 1986 World Championships.
A 1987 graduate in economics, Amaker was selected by the Seattle Supersonics in the 1987 NBA draft. He is a former member of the board of directors for USA Basketball and was a member of the Men’s Collegiate and Men’s Senior National Committees with USA Basketball, where he helped select members of the 1996 U.S. Olympic gold medal team. Less
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