Tom Crean

Tom Crean (born March 25, 1966)

Teams coached: Marquette Golden Eagles, Indiana Hoosiers, Georgia Bulldogs
Marquette record: 190-96 (.664)
Indiana record: 166-135 (.551)
Georgia record: 47-75 (.385)
Overall record: 403-306 (.568)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  9  (2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  4  (2003, 2012, 2013, 2016)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  1  (2003)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  4  (2000, 2004, 2005, 2017)
  • Big Ten Regular Season Champion(2013, 2016)
  • Conference USA Regular Season Champion:  1  (2003)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2018-2022 Georgia
2008-2017 Indiana
1999-2008 Marquette
1995-1999 Michigan State (asst)
1994-1995 Pittsburgh (asst)
1990-1994 Western Kentucky (asst)
1989-1990 Michigan State (grad. asst)
1987-1989 Alma (asst)

Tom Crean Facts

  • Thomas Aaron Crean
  • Born March 25, 1966
  • Hometown: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  • Alma Mater: Central Michigan University (BA, 1989)
  • Started coaching career as an assistant under Ralph Pim at D-III Alma College (MI) before spending one year as a graduate assistant at Michigan State under legendary head coach Jud Heathcote
  • Worked as an assistant to Ralph Willard for four seasons at Western Kentucky and one more at Pittsburgh
  • Came back to Michigan State in 1995 to work as an assistant for four seasons under new head coach Tom Izzo
  • First head coaching position came in 1999 when he took over the Marquette program
    • In nine seasons, Crean had a .664 winning percentage and led the Golden Eagles to five NCAA Tournaments, 3 NITs and a memorable run to the 2003 Final Four behind future NBA star Dwyane Wade
    • Later inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame (class of 2022)
  • Took over at scandal-plagued Indiana in 2008, following the resignation of previous coach Kelvin Sampson and an almost complete roster turnover
    • The Hoosiers struggled during Crean’s first three years due to lack of playing experience and the ramifications from the violations of the previous staff
    • Crean spurred success at Indiana by first winning on the recruiting trail, landing 2011 Indiana Mr. Basketball Cody Zeller, as well as key role players from across the country
    • In his fourth season, the Hoosiers saw a 15-win improvement from the previous year and an impressive run to the 2012 Sweet Sixteen; the highlight of the season came in December, when Christian Watford hit a game-winning buzzer beater three to take down undefeated #1 Kentucky at Assembly Hall
    • Returned to the Sweet Sixteen the following year and again in 2016; Crean named Big Ten COY in 2016
    • Fired by Indiana in March 2017 following the Hoosiers’ opening round NIT loss
  • Spent the 2017-18 season working for ESPN as an in-studio analyst and occasional in-game commentator
  • Hired in March 2018 to be the new head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs
  • Along with his wife, the former Joani Harbaugh, has three children
    • Wife, Joani, is the daughter of Jack Harbaugh and sister to Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh

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