Rutgers has struggled for the last decade, having not had a winning season since 2006. The Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten prior to the 2014-15 season, but have gone just 17-46 (3-33) since then. Previous head coach Eddie Jordan was fired back on March 10 after a 7-24 (1-17) season.
A Bristol, Connecticut native, Pikiell had an overall 197-174 record in eleven seasons at Stony Brook. In addition to this year’s NCAA berth, the Seawolves went to three NIT’s and 2 CBI’s during Pikiell’s tenure.
The up-and-coming coach looks to be a solid hire for Rutgers, who was rumored to be targeting Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley earlier in the week. Pikiell has been coaching since 1991 after a four-year playing career at UConn under legendary coach Jim Calhoun.