Dane Fife

Dane Fife (born July 26, 1979)

Teams coached: IPFW Mastodons
IPFW record: 82-97 (.458)
Overall record: 82-97 (.458)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-2022 Indiana (asst)
2018-2021 Michigan State (assoc. HC)
2011-2018 Michigan State (asst)
2005-2011 IPFW
2003-2005 Indiana (asst)

Dane Fife Facts

  • Dane Fife
  • Born July 26, 1979
  • Hometown: Clarkston, Michigan
  • Alma Mater: Indiana University (BA, 2002 & MS, 2005)
  • Played basketball for his father, Dan, at Clarkston HS (MI)
    • Named Mr. Basketball of Michigan and was honored as a McDonald’s All-American in 1998
  • Chose to attend Indiana University, where he played for legendary head coach Bob Knight and later Mike Davis
    • Was a starter as a senior in 2002 when the Hoosiers finished runner-up to Maryland in the NCAA National title game
    • Played briefly for the Gary Steelheads of the CBA in 2002
  • Returned to Bloomington in 2003 to be one of Davis‘ assistants at Indiana, a position he held for two seasons
  • Hired in 2005 to be the head coach at what was then known as IPFW (now Purdue Fort Wayne)
    • Became the youngest Division I head coach (25) when he took over the Mastodons’ program
    • Helped guide the program into the Summit League, eventually building up to a 18-12 (11-7) record in the 2010-11 season
  • Left the school in April 2011 to become an assistant coach at Michigan State under Tom Izzo
    • Was part of two Final Four teams and five trips to the Sweet 16 or further in ten seasons
  • Returned to his alma mater Indiana in 2021, spending one season on coach Mike Woodson‘s staff
  • Along with his wife, Blair, has two daughters

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