Tom Crean
Tom  Crean

Head Men's Basketball Coach


The 2002-03 season marked Tom Crean's fourth year as head coach of the Marquette basketball program and it was certainly a season to remember. Among the many accomplishments from the past year, Crean directed the program to its second straight and 23rd NCAA Tournament berth with the team advancing to the coveted Final Four for the first time since 1977 (third appearance in school history). Marquette also claimed its first-ever Conference USA regular-season championship finishing with a 14-2 ledger, the most wins by a Marquette squad in C-USA play and tying it for the second-highest win total by any league team. Marquette concluded the year with a 27-6 won-lost ledger (27th 20-win season in school history), tying for the second-highest win total in school history. The team ended the regular season ranked No. 9 by the Associated Press (highest year-end ranking since 1978) and was tabbed for the No. 6 in the final ESPN/USA Today Poll. In addition, he directed the team to a 15-1 home record, raising the team's mark in such contests to 31-1 the past two years. During his tenure at Marquette, Crean has a school and career record of 83-41 (.669) including a 44-20 won-lost slate in C-USA action. Crean was recognized for his efforts and brought home the 2002-03 Ray Meyer Conference USA Coach of the Year Award, the second straight campaign that he earned that honor. Crean was also named the recipient of the 2002-03 Coach Clair Bee Award symbolic of the coach who made the most significant positive contributions to the sport during the past year. In addition, he was selected as the USBWA's District V as well as the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 11 Coach of the Year, the second consecutive season he had captured those honors. Finally, Crean was a finalist for the 2002-03 Naismith Coach of the Year Award.

Marquette ranked prominently in a number of statistical categories both in C-USA and nationally in '02-03. The Golden Eagles paced the league and stood tied for 14th place among Division I teams in field goal percentage (.482), finished No. 1 in the conference and No. 6 nationally in free throw percentage (.771), posted a first-place effort in the league and was tied for No. 6 nationally in three-point field goal percentage (.398), held down the No. 2 spot in the loop and was 25th nationally in scoring offense (78.5 ppg) and was No. 2 in C-USA and 26th nationally in scoring margin (+9.0).

In 2001-02, Crean directed the Golden Eagles to a number of significant accomplishments including the school's highest national ranking (#9) since February of 1979, the 26th 20-win campaign in school history (the first since 1997-98), the 2001 Great Alaska Shootout championship, the program's first 10-0 start since `97-98, and then the most wins by a Marquette squad in Conference USA action (13-3). The team's final record of 26-7 won-lost ledger represented the most wins by MU since the 1975-76 season (27-5) and tied it for the third-most wins by a Marquette squad. MU enjoyed a 12-game winning streak in league action, the school's longest ever, and the team's 78.7 final overall winning percentage was the highest by a Marquette team since 1977-78 (.857). Crean also guided the Golden Eagles to a perfect 16-0 home record, the first time since 1995-96 that a Marquette team went through the home portion of the schedule undefeated. The Golden Eagles concluded the year ranked No. 12 by the Associated Press and No. 18 by USA Today/ESPN.

Crean was been recognized for his efforts, earning 2001-02 Conference USA Coach of the Year honors, the first Marquette coach to earn that award, as well as being selected as the District 11 Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the District V Coach of the Year by the USBWA. Basketball Times tabbed him as the 2001-02 Mideast Region Coach of the Year, and he was selected as a finalist for ESPN The Magazine's College Basketball Coach of the Year.

Crean's desire to have strong defensive and rebounding teams showed itself in '01-02 as the Golden Eagles paced C-USA during the regular season in scoring defense in both overall (58.9 ppg) and conference play (60.1 ppg) with the team's effort in overall contests ranked it among the top 10 teams in the country. The Golden Eagles were No. 3 among league teams in rebound margin in overall (+4.5) and league contests (+2.7), and were tied for the No. 1 spot in field goal percentage in overall (.473) play while holding down the top position in conference play (.468). In addition, Marquette was No. 2 among C-USA squads and No. 11 nationally in scoring margin (+12.6), No. 3 in the league and No. 26 nationally in field goal percentage defense (.401) and tied for the top spot in the conference and 24th on the national scene in field goal percentage (.473).

Under Crean's instruction, Marquette players have flourished in their development. Dwyane Wade was named a 2002-03 First Team All-American as chosen by the Associated Press, MU's first such selection since 1978. Wade was named 2002-03 Conference USA Player of the Year and earned his second straight C-USA first-team berth, the third straight season a Marquette player earned that honor. Named as C-USA Defensive Player of the Year, Wade was also chosen to the NABC All-District 11 Team for the second straight year. Wade was also named a First Team All-American by Basketball Times,, and Robert Jackson and Travis Diener both brought home Conference USA Second-Team recognition while Steve Novak was named the League's Sixth Man of the Year as well as garnering a spot on the league's All-Freshman Team.

In 2001-02, Wade also earned a first-team berth to the NABC District 11 and USBWA District V Teams. Wade was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and was selected as the Newcomer of the Year by Basketball Times. Senior Cordell Henry was a Conference USA Second-Team honoree while Travis Diener was chosen to the league's All-Freshman Team. In 2000-01, Brian Wardle earned Conference USA First-Team honors, MU's first-ever first-team honoree, while Henry garnered a third-team berth. Odartey Blankson rounded out the individual honorees by landing a spot on conference's All-Freshman Team. Wardle also brought home his second straight second-team berth to the NABC/Oldsmobile All-District 11 team.

Prior to the start of the 2000-01 campaign, the majority of preseason polls and publications had MU slated for the No. 5 spot in the American Division of C-USA. As was the case last year, Crean and his club surpassed expectations, posting a 9-7 league record (14-13 overall), good for third place in the division, and a No. 5 seed in the tourney. The Golden Eagles held down first place for a majority of the season and were still in contention for the No. 1 seed in the tournament up to the final day of the regular season.

During the 200-01 season, Crean guided the program to a number of impressive accomplishments, both in terms of victories and in statistical finishes among C-USA teams, The second-year mentor guided the program to a pair of wins over Cincinnati, DePaul and Saint Louis while the nine wins in conference action represented the most by an MU team since 1997. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Golden Eagles held down the No. 3 spot in scoring defense in overall contests (65.1 ppg) and ranked No. 1 in three-point field goal percentage defense (.294). In league games, the Golden Eagles finished second in field goal percentage (.444) and were third and fourth, respectively, in three-point field goal percentage defense (.316) and scoring defense (66.9 ppg). As usual, Crean's desire to be a strong rebounding team was manifested by the squad's No. 2 finish in rebound margin in conference games (+2.1) and No. 4 ranking in overall action (+2.4)

During 1999-2000, Crean completed a memorable first season as head coach, leading the Golden Eagles to an overall record of 15-14 including a berth in the NIT, the school's 13th appearance in that post season affair. Picked by many preseason magazines for sixth place in the American Division of the league, Crean surprised many observers by directing MU to an 8-8 loop mark, good for fourth place in the division, and a No. 5 seed in the C-USA Tourney.

In his initial year, Crean directed MU to wins over a pair of Top 25 opponents while guiding the team to a number of high finishes in league statistical categories. At the conclusion of the regular season, MU ranked second among conference clubs in scoring defense in overall action (61.7 ppg) while finishing No. 2 in league outings (61.6 ppg). In overall games, the Golden Eagles stood No. 2 in rebound margin (+5.9) and held down the third position for league contests (+4.4). Finally, MU paced the league in three-point field goal percentage defense (.279) while the team's mark of 27.3 percent in conference affairs was good for the top spot as well.

Named the 15th head coach in Marquette basketball history on March 30, 1999, Crean served on the Michigan State basketball staff the four previous seasons. During that time, the Spartans compiled an 88-41 record and made four consecutive postseason appearances. Crean, who served as associate head coach his last two years in East Lansing, was the staff's recruiting coordinator and was a key figure in bringing in two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Mateen Cleaves into the program. Cleaves was named to the 1999 AP All-America Team and was a first-round choice of the Detroit Pistons in the 2000 NBA draft. In addition, Crean played a vital role in the development of the Spartans' Morris Peterson, a 2000 Wooden Award finalist and a first-round draftee of the Toronto Raptors.

Prior to his tenure at Michigan State, Crean spent the 1994-95 season at Pittsburgh. Before his stay at Pittsburgh, he was an assistant coach at Western Kentucky from 1990-91 to 1993-94. The Hilltoppers compiled an 81-42 record and participated in the NCAA Tournament twice (1993 and 1994) and in the NIT once (1992).

The Mount Pleasant, Mich., native got his start in coaching at Michigan State on Jud Heathcote's 1989-90 staff. MSU won the Big Ten crown and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament that season that year.

Crean earned a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation with a minor in psychology from Central Michigan in 1989. While he was an undergraduate student, he coached at Alma College and Mount Pleasant High School.

Tom and his wife, Joani, are the parents of Megan, 8, and Riley, 4.

Tom Crean's Coaching Resume

2002-2003 Marquette Univ. Head Coach           27-6
         1st Place, American Division
         C-USA Regular-Season Champs
         NCAA Tournament
         Final Four
2001-2002 Marquette Univ. Head Coach           26-7
         2nd Place, American Division
         NCAA Tournament
2000-2001 Marquette Univ. Head Coach           15-14
        3rd Place, American Division
1999-2000 Marquette Univ. Head Coach		   15-14
	4th Place, American Division

1998-99 Michigan State 33-5 Final Four appearance Big Ten Regular-Season Champ Big Ten Tournament Champ 1997-98 Michigan State 22-8 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Big Ten Regular-Season Champ 1996-97 Michigan State 17-12 NIT participant 1995-96 Michigan State 16-16 NIT participant 1994-95 Pittsburgh 10-18 1993-94 Western Kentucky 20-11 NCAA Tournament participant 1992-93 Western Kentucky 26-6 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Sun Belt Tournament Champ 1991-92 Western Kentucky 21-11 NIT participant 1990-91 Western Kentucky 14-14 1989-90 Michigan State 28-6 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Big Ten Champion


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