ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan athletic director Bill Martin announced today (Saturday, March 17) that men's basketball head coach Tommy Amaker will not return to coach the Wolverine program in 2007-08. Martin discussed his decision with Amaker this morning.
"I have the utmost respect for Tommy," said Martin. "He took over this position knowing the challenges he faced."
"This basketball program is better today than it was before he took the job, but we both know that it is not in the position either one of us wants it to be after his sixth year," added Martin. "I want to thank Tommy for playing an instrumental role in coaching us through a difficult period. He is a person of great integrity, and I respect the effort he invested in rebuilding this program This has been the toughest decision in my tenure at Michigan. But it was in the best long-term interest of the program to make a change."
Amaker became the 15th men's basketball coach at the University of Michigan on March 29, 2001. The 2006-07 U-M squad tallied its third 20-win season in four years with a 22-13 overall record (8-8 Big Ten) and the team's third Postseason NIT appearance in the past four years. In 2004, Amaker led his Wolverines to the NIT title, where he became the youngest African American head coach to win a national title. In 2006, he again led his Wolverines to the championship game of the NIT, but they fell to South Carolina in the final.
Amaker finished his career at Michigan with a 109-83 overall record (43-53 in Big Ten play). Only three U-M men's basketball coaches have had more wins than Amaker since the program started in 1909.
Before taking the head-coaching job at Michigan, Amaker was head coach at Seton Hall for four seasons, taking the Pirates to three NIT and one NCAA postseason appearance and accumulating a 68-55 overall record (32-36 Big East).
Amaker took over the Seton Hall program after serving for nine years as a graduate assistant, an assistant and associate head basketball coach at his alma mater, Duke University, where he worked under legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski. In his nine years on staff, Duke compiled a 230-80 record, making eight NCAA Tournament appearances with five Final Four berths and two national titles (1991 and 1992).
Tommy Amaker Coaching Career
|2006-07||Michigan (Head Coach)||22-13||8-8||Postseason NIT||Second Round|
|2005-06||Michigan (Head Coach)||22-11||8-8||Postseason NIT||NIT Finalist|
|2004-05||Michigan (Head Coach)||13-18||4-12|
|2003-04||Michigan (Head Coach)||23-11||8-8||Postseason NIT||NIT Champions|
|2002-03||Michigan (Head Coach)||18-12||10-6||ineligible for posteason|
|2001-02||Michigan (Head Coach)||11-18||5-11|
|2000-01||Seton Hall (Head Coach)||16-15||5-11||Postseason NIT||First Round|
|1999-00||Seton Hall (Head Coach)||22-10||10-6||NCAA Tournament||Sweet 16|
|1998-99||Seton Hall (Head Coach)||15-15||8-10||Postseason NIT||First Round|
|1997-98||Seton Hall (Head Coach)||15-15||9-9||Postseason NIT||First Round|
|1996-97||Duke (Associate Head Coach)||24-9||12-4||NCAA Tournament||Second Round|
|1995-96||Duke (Associate Head Coach)||18-13||8-8||NCAA Tournament||First Round|
|1994-95||Duke (Assistant Coach)||13-18||2-14|
|1993-94||Duke (Assistant Coach)||28-6||12-4||NCAA Tournament||Final Four|
|1992-93||Duke (Assistant Coach)||24-8||10-6||NCAA Tournament||Second Round|
|1991-92||Duke (Assistant Coach)||34-2||14-2||NCAA Tournament||National Champion|
|1990-91||Duke (Assistant Coach)||32-7||11-3||NCAA Tournament||National Champion|
|1989-90||Duke (Assistant Coach)||29-9||9-5||NCAA Tournament||Final Four|
|1988-89||Duke (Assistant Coach)||28-8||9-5||NCAA Tournament||Final Four|
Michigan Coaching Record: 109-83 (six seasons)
Career Head Coaching Record: 177-138 (10 seasons)
Overall Career Coaching Record: 407-218 (19 seasons)
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423