Steve Pikiell

Steve Pikiell (born November 21, 1967)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Current conference: Big Ten Conference
Wesleyan record^: 5–18 (.217)
Stony Brook record: 192-156 (.552)
Rutgers record: 132-123 (.518)
Overall record^: 329-297 (.526)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2016-present Rutgers
2005-2016 Stony Brook
2001-2005 George Washington (asst)
1997-2001 Central Connecticut (asst)
1995-1996 Wesleyan
1993-1995 Yale (asst)
1991-92 Connecticut (asst)

Steve Pikiell Facts

  • Stephen Christopher Pikiell
  • Born November 21, 1967
  • Hometown: Bristol, Connecticut
  • Alma Mater: University of Connecticut (BA, 1991)
  • Played four seasons at UConn under Hall of Fame head coach Jim Calhoun
  • Was an assistant coach at UConn under Calhoun, Yale under Dick Kuchen, Central Connecticut under Howie Dickenman and George Washington under Karl Hobbs
  • Spent one year as the interim head coach at Division III Wesleyan (1995-96), going 5-18
  • Became first former UConn player of Calhoun‘s to become a head coach when he was hired at Stony Brook in 2005
  • Hired in March 2016 to become the next head coach at Rutgers
    • The 2019-20 team won 20 games for the first time since 2004 and then the following year (2020-21), the Scarlet Knights earned a NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 1991

Steve Pikiell Coaching Tree

  • Kelvin Jefferson (Gannon)
  • Jay Young (Fairfield)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division III levels