Gary Waters

Gary Waters (born August 15, 1951)

Teams coached: Kent State Golden Flashes, Rutgers Scarlet KnightsCleveland State Vikings
Kent State record: 92-60 (.605)
Rutgers record: 79-75 (.513)
Cleveland State record: 194-172 (.530)
Overall record: 365-307 (.543)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2006-2017 Cleveland State
2001-2006 Rutgers
1996-2001 Kent State
1993-1996 Eastern Michigan (assoc. HC)
1989-1993 Eastern Michigan (asst)
1974-1989 Ferris State (asst)

Gary Waters Facts

  • Gary Steven Waters
  • Born August 15, 1951
  • Hometown: Highland Park, Michigan
  • Alma Mater: Ferris State University (BA, 1975)
  • Grew up in Michigan and played basketball at Division II Ferris State (Big Rapids, MI)
  • Started coaching in 1974 as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Ferris State, where he remained for the next 15 seasons
  • Joined Ben Braun’s coaching staff at Eastern Michigan in 1989, spending four seasons as an assistant and then three more as Braun’s associate HC
  • Became a head coach in 1996, replacing Dave Grube at Kent State; in four seasons at KSU, Waters’ teams won 92 games, went to two NCAA Tournaments and won the 2000-01 MAC regular season title
  • Spent five seasons as head coach at Rutgers, finishing with a .513 win percentage and going to 3 NITs (including a runner-up finish in 2004)
  • Has been the head coach at Cleveland State since 2006, where he has become the program’s all-time winningest head coach
  • Retired from coaching in March of 2017, following 11 seasons at CSU and a total of 21 seasons as a Division I head coach
  • Inducted into the Ferris State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Kent State Varsity “K” Hall of Fame in 2006

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