Northern Colorado Bears basketball

Northern Colorado Bears basketball history

University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO)
Bank of Colorado Arena at Butler-Hancock Athletic Center
Big Sky Conference

Current head coach: Steve Smiley (2020-)

  • Asst: Cory Fehringer (2020-)
  • Asst: Dorian Green (2019-)
  • Asst: Houston Reed (2020-)
  • DBO: Brett Cloepfil (2020-)
  • DPD: Colin Gause (2022-)

Post-Season:

  • National Championships:  0
  • Final Four Appearances:  0
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2011)
  • NCAAT Overall Record:  0-1
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • NIT Overall Record:  0-0
  • CBI Appearances:  1  (2022)
  • CBI Overall Record:  2-1
  • CIT Championships:  1  (2018)
  • CIT Appearances:  3  (2010, 2014, 2018)
  • CIT Overall Record:  5-2
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  4  (1964, 1965, 1966, 1989)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Overall Record:  1-6

Conference Titles (MSC/Skyline, Rocky Mountain, NCC, Big Sky):

Award Winners:




Northern Colorado head coaches:

Coach Tenure Record Conf. Titles NCAA Apps. Nat. Champ
Steve Smiley 2020-Pres 33-27 0 0 0
Jeff Linder 2016-20 80-50 0 0 0
B.J. Hill 2010-16 86-98 1 1 0
Tad Boyle 2006-10 56-66 0 0 0
Craig Rasmuson 1999-2006 63-129 0 0 0
Ken Smith 1992-99 78-111 0 0 0
Ron Brillhart 1983-92 121-132 0 1^ 0
Thurman Wright 1968-83 156-126 0 0 0
George Sage 1963-68 95-36 2 3^ 0
John W. Bunn 1956-63 73-94 1 0 0
Pete Butler 1940-43, 45-56 151-133 7 0 0
John W. Hancock 1943-45 1-25 0 0 0
Jules Doubenmier 1937-40 33-24 1 0 0
John Davis 1931-37 71-53 1 0 0
George E. Cooper 1922-31 87-47 1 0 0
William E. Search 1919-22 11-13 0 0
Ralph Glaze 1917-19 8-13 0 0
Paul Abbott 1916-17 5-7
Royce Long 1914-16 3-5
unknown 1901-14 11-15

Key: Conf. Titles= Regular Season only, NCAA Apps= NCAA Tournament Appearances, Nat. Champ= NCAA Tournament Champions



^ These tournament appearances came when the Northern Colorado program was at the Division II level; Northern Colorado moved up to Division I prior to the 2004-05 season, but also spent time at the top-level in the 1930s and 1940s

NOTE: Overall program records on this page do not include anything later vacated by the NCAA. 

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