Tommy Amaker

Tommy Amaker (born June 6, 1965)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Harvard Crimson
Current conference: Ivy League
Seton Hall record: 68-55 (.553)
Michigan record: 108-84 (.563)
Harvard record: 278-166 (.626)
Overall record: 454-305 (.598)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  5  (2000, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (2000)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  1  (2004)
  • NIT Appearances:  9  (1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2018, 2019)
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2010)
  • Ivy League Regular Season Champion:  7  (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
  • Ivy League Tournament Champion 0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2007-present Harvard
2001-2007 Michigan
1997-2001 Seton Hall
1995-1997 Duke (assoc. HC)
1989-1995 Duke (asst)
1988-1989 Duke (grad. asst)

Tommy Amaker Facts

  • Harold Tommy Amaker, Jr.
  • Born June 6, 1965
  • Hometown: Falls Church, Virginia
  • Alma Mater: Duke University (BA, 1987)
  • Attended W.T. Woodson HS in Fairfax; was named a McDonald’s All-American and Parade All-American as a senior in 1983
  • Played for four seasons at Duke under Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski
    • Named team captain as a senior at Duke, following a run to the NCAA National Championship game in 1986
    • Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 3rd round of the 1987 NBA Draft (55th overall), but was cut before the season
    • Inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013
  • Spent nine years on Krzyzewski‘s coaching staff as a graduate assistant, assistant coach and then as associate head coach
  • Left Duke in 1997 to become the head coach at Seton Hall
    • Went to three NITs and one NCAA Tournament (Sweet Sixteen in 2000) during his four years
  • Hired in 2001 to be the head coach at Michigan, a position he held for six seasons
    • Was tasked with repairing the reputation of a program that had been decimated and discredited by scandal
    • Went to three NITs, winning the tournament in 2004 and finishing as runner-up in 2006, but never took the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament
    • Fired in March 2007 after finishing in a tie for 7th in the Big Ten
  • Became the head coach at Harvard a month later, taking over a team that had never won the Ivy League
    • After a CIT in year three, the Crimson won a share of the 2011 Ivy League title and got a trip to the NCAA Tournament
    • Won or shared the next four Ivy League titles, earning return trips to the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons
    • In November 2020, the Ivy League canceled its 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 concerns

Tommy Amaker Coaching Tree