Gregory Glen Gard is an American college basketball coach for the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team. Gard took over on December 15, 2015, after Bo Ryan announced his retirement as head coach of the Badgers. On December 15, 2015, Gard was announced as the interim head coach after Bo Ryan announced his retirement following the Badgers win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Gard had been Ryan's longest-serving assistant, having coached together for 23 years at the time of the transition, they had coached together at three schools—Gard's alma mater of Wisconsin–Platteville, where he had played on the varsity baseball team as a freshman. In the process, Gard became one of the most respected assistant coaches in the college game. After Gard took over in the 2015-2016 season, the team stumbled, winning just two of their next seven games, with an overall record of 9-9 at that point; however the team's turnaround started with an upset over #4 Michigan State and won 11 of the next 13 games to finish out the regular season tied for third in the Big Ten with an overall record of 20–11.
Following the end of the regular season, on March 7, 2016, Wisconsin removed the interim tag and Gard was promoted to head coach of the Badgers. Wisconsin received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they beat #10 seeded Pittsburgh in the first round. Wisconsin defeated #2 seeded Xavier by a 3-point buzzer beater from Bronson Koenig in the second round to advance to the Sweet 16; however they lost to #6 seeded Notre Dame in the Sweet 16. After the season ended Gard was named the 2016 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year. Https://uwbadgers.com/coaches.aspx?rc=537 Wisconsin profile
Oregon Ducks men's basketball
The Oregon Ducks men's basketball team is an intercollegiate basketball program that competes in the NCAA Division I and is a member of the Pac-12 Conference, representing the University of Oregon. The Ducks play their home games at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon coached by Howard Hobson, won the first NCAA men's basketball national championship in 1939*; the basketball team has appeared in the NCAA tournament sixteen times and has won the conference championship six times. The University of Oregon men's basketball team played its first season in 1902–03 with Charles Burden as the head coach. Only two games were played that season with Oregon losing both games. Oregon did not record a win until its fourth season in 1907 against Roseburg; the season ended with a winning record of 4–3, under Hugo Bezdek, who coached the football team. Bezdek left after that season to coach at Arkansas until 1913 when he went back to Oregon to coach until 1917. During Bezdek's absence, the basketball team was coached by William Hayward, Oregon's track coach.
In 1923, William Reinhart took over as the head coach and remained through the erection of McArthur Court until 1935. Coach Reinhart suffered only one losing season at Oregon. Howard Hobson, an alumnus of the university, became the head coach in 1935, following Reinhart's departure, his ideas were considered cutting edge during his years at Oregon and he was well ahead of his time. He ran a fast break offense little used by anyone else in the country at the time and his defenses were an unorthodox hybrid defense, he lobbied for the installment of a shot clock and three-point field goal years before they were first introduced. In 1939, the Oregon Ducks became the first team to win the NCAA Basketball Championship. Sports editor L. H. Gregory coined the phrase "Tall Firs" to describe the Oregon players due to their taller stature compared to other teams in the country; the season started with a long trip to the east coast for a series of games, ending with a loss to Stanford back west in San Francisco.
The Ducks gained valuable experience for the remainder of the season. Oregon went 14–2 to claim the North Division title in the Pacific Coast Conference, which set off a best-of-three playoff against the California Golden Bears; the Ducks won two games straight to claim the conference title. The Ducks returned to San Francisco for the NCAA regional series where they defeated the Texas Longhorns in the first game 56–41 the Oklahoma Sooners 55–37; the Ohio State Buckeyes had defeated Wake Forest and Villanova in their regional series to earn their right in the championship game. On March 27, Oregon and Ohio State squared off to claim the national title. Oregon emerged victorious to claim the first NCAA national championship trophy, defeating Ohio State 46–33. Howard Hobson remained as the head coach until 1947 except for a one-year hiatus during the 1944–45 season, coached by John Warren; the six decades following the Tall Firs consisted of an eclectic mix of up and down years, with more down than up.
From Hobson's departure in 1947 until 1970, Oregon made only two NCAA Tournament appearances, in 1960 and 1961 under head coach Steve Belko. Those were the days. One of Belko's stars was Stan Love, a gifted shooter and rebounder, who led the Pac-8 in scoring for two straight seasons, he is the father of current NBA star Kevin Love. In 1971, head coach Dick Harter achieved some consistency with the program. Harter's teams were dubbed the Kamikaze Kids and featured hard play, diving for loose balls, swarming defense, they were credited for inspiring the intimidating atmosphere at McArthur Court. While they never earned any conference titles due to UCLA's dominance of the Pac-8, they were not without accomplishments, they assembled two 20 win seasons, appeared in three straight NITs, upset #1 ranked UCLA in 1974. Harter's only losing season in Oregon was his first, he left in 1978 and the Ducks slid, suffering five consecutive losing seasons. Oregon made an appearance in the NCAA tournament in 1995 under head coach Jerry Green, but otherwise accrued mediocre records in the two decades after Harter's departure.
In 1997, Ernie Kent was hired to fill the vacancy at head coach left by Jerry Green. Kent had been one of Harter's Kamikaze Kids, his teams were known for a up-tempo style of play. In his third season as head coach, he took the Ducks back to the NCAA tournament where they fell in the first round. In 2002, Kent led the Ducks to their first conference championship since 1945, going through the regular season undefeated at home, they earned a number 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament that year and advanced to the Elite Eight by defeating Montana, Wake Forest and Texas. They finished the season with a number 11 ranking in the AP Poll. Luke Ridnour was selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2003 as the Ducks won the Pac-10 tournament, defeating the USC Trojans in the conference championship game 74–66; the Ducks entered the NCAA Tournament as an 8 seed and lost to Utah in the first round 58–60. Oregon made a Final Four appearance in the NIT in 2004 but otherwise made little impact until 2007. Oregon swept its 12 intersectional games to start 2007 and upset #1 ranked UCLA in the third Pac-10 game.
The Ducks finished the regular season with a 23–7 record and defeated Arizona, USC to win the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament. The Ducks earned a #3 seed in the NCAA tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight by defeating Miami 58–56, Winthrop 75–61 and University of Nevada, Las Vegas 76-72. On March 25, played and lost to the eventual NCAA National Champions, the Florida
2005–06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 2005–06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 6, 2005, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, concluded with the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 3, 2006, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Florida Gators won their first NCAA national championship with a 73–56 victory over the UCLA Bruins; this was the final Final Four site at the RCA Dome. The Final Four will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium; the University of Florida won its first national title in basketball, defeating UCLA in the championship game 73–57. The team was led by a group of sophomores, several of whom were the offspring of retired professional athletes, nicknamed "The Oh-fours." Forward Al Horford and guard Taurean Green were the sons of former NBA players, while center and Final Four MOP Joakim Noah was the son of retired tennis pro Yannick Noah. These three surprised many by choosing not to enter the NBA Draft, but instead returning to try to repeat as champions in 2006–07.
George Mason made an improbable run to the Final Four, becoming the first true mid-major to do so since Penn in 1979. The Patriots’ path was not easy, as they defeated schools that had won three of the past six titles – national powers Michigan State, North Carolina and Connecticut – en route to its first Final Four berth. J. J. Redick of Duke and Adam Morrison of Gonzaga engaged in a year-long battle for the National scoring title and Player of the Year honors. Morrison won the scoring race. However, Redick won most National POY Awards, though he and Morrison were the first co-winners of the 2006 Oscar Robertson Trophy. Paul Millsap of Louisiana Tech became the first player to lead the Nation in rebounding for three consecutive years. A major realignment of teams in the Big East and ACC sent shock waves across college basketball. Boston College followed Virginia Tech and Miami from the Big East to the ACC; the Big East brought in five teams from Conference USA – Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville and South Florida.
To replace the teams that defected to the Big East, Conference USA brought in six new members: Rice, SMU, Tulsa and UTEP from the Western Athletic Conference. Other conference realignments effective this season: The WAC added New Mexico State and Utah State. East Tennessee State moved from the Southern Conference to the Atlantic Sun; the Colonial Athletic Association added Northeastern from the America East Conference and Georgia State from the Atlantic Sun. Troy moved from the Atlantic Sun to the Sun Belt Conference; the preseason AP All-American team was named on November 8. J. J. Redick of Duke was the leading vote-getter; the rest of the team included Shelden Williams of Duke, Dee Brown of Illinois, Adam Morrison of Gonzaga and Craig Smith of Boston College. The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls November 7, 2005; these schools joined new conferences for the 2005–06 season. Thirty conference seasons conclude with a single-elimination tournament. Traditionally, all conference schools are eligible, regardless of record.
However, some conferences, most notably the Big East, do not invite the teams with the worst records. The conference tournament winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. A school that wins the conference regular season title is guaranteed an NIT bid; the NCAA Tournament tipped off on March 14, 2006 with the opening round game in Dayton and concluded on April 3 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. A total of 65 teams entered the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments; the automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a post-season tournament, went to its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee; the Big East Conference led the way with eight bids. Florida won their first NCAA title. Florida forward Joakim Noah was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. A-Atlanta, O-Oakland, W-Washington, D. C. M-Minneapolis. After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the National Invitation Tournament invited 32 teams to participate, reducing the field's size from 40.
Eight teams were given automatic bids for winning their conference regular seasons, 24 other teams were invited. Dave Odom's South Carolina Gamecocks won their second consecutive title, defeating the Tommy Amaker-coached Michigan Wolverines 76–64 in the championship game. Gamecock forward Renaldo Balkman was named tournament MVP. Wooden Award: J. J. Redick, Duke Naismith Award: J. J. Redick, Duke Associated Press Player of the Year: J. J. Redick, Duke NABC Player of the Year: J. J. Redick and Adam Morrison, Gonzaga Oscar Robertson Trophy: J. J. Redick and Adam Morrison, Gonzaga Adolph Rupp Trophy: J. J. Redick, Duke CBS/Chevrolet Player of the Year: J. J. Redick, Duke Sporting News Player of the Year: J. J. Redick, Duke USBWA Freshman of the Year: Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina Sporting News Freshman of the Year: Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina Associated Press Coach of the Year: Jay Wright, Villanova Henry Iba Award: Roy Williams, North Carolina NABC Coach of the Y
Orlando Henry "Tubby" Smith is an American college basketball coach. He was hired as the men's basketball coach at High Point University, his alma mater. Smith served in the same role at the University of Tulsa, the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky, the University of Minnesota, Texas Tech University, the University of Memphis. With Kentucky, he coached the Wildcats to the 1998 NCAA championship. In his 28 years as a head coach, Smith has achieved 26 winning seasons. In 2005, he joined Roy Williams, Nolan Richardson, Denny Crum, Jim Boeheim as the only head coaches to win 365 games in 15 seasons or fewer. With Texas Tech's invitation to the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Smith became only the second coach in history to lead five different teams to the NCAA tournament. Smith's three sons are following in their father's coaching footsteps. G. G. Smith, who played for his father at the University of Georgia, was the head coach at Loyola, is the associate head coach at High Point, his middle son Saul Smith played for his father at the University of Kentucky and was an assistant coach for his father at Memphis.
Brian, his youngest son, was a point guard at Ole Miss and is the head coach at Saint John Paul II Academy in Boca Raton, Florida. Smith was born in Scotland, Maryland, in Saint Mary's County, the sixth of 17 children born to sharecroppers Guffrie and Parthenia Smith, his large family accounts for his unusual nickname. Of all the Smith children, Tubby was most fond of staying in the galvanized washtub where the children were bathed. Smith says he tried to shake the moniker several times, he recalls that a 10th grade teacher who didn't tolerate nicknames was the last person to call him by his proper name, Orlando. After having a scholarship offer from the University of Maryland rescinded, Smith enrolled at High Point College, graduating in 1973, he played under three head coaches including future boss J. D. Barnett, he was an all-conference performer as a senior. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education while at High Point, met his future wife, the homecoming queen.
In 1973, Smith began his coaching career with four years at his high school alma mater – Great Mills High School in Great Mills, compiling a 46–36 record. His next stop was Hoke County High School in Raeford, North Carolina, where he recorded a 28–18 mark in two seasons. Smith began as assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University under his former High Point coach J. D. Barnett. From 1979 to 1986, VCU amassed a 144 -- 64 record. Smith took two important things away from his experience as an assistant coach for the Rams. First, under Barnett, Smith learned the principles of the ball-line defense, a hallmark of Smith's teams throughout his head coaching career. Second was a relationship with fellow assistant David Hobbs, an assistant and associate head coach under Smith during his tenure at the University of Kentucky. Smith left Virginia Commonwealth in 1986 to join George Felton's staff at the University of South Carolina. Felton remembered Smith from having recruited one of his players while Smith was at Hoke High School.
During Smith's three years, the Gamecocks were 53–35. Roles would be reversed, with Smith bringing Felton in as an assistant coach at Kentucky. Smith joined the University of Kentucky under head coach Rick Pitino, who had the challenge of rebuilding a UK program, rocked by NCAA probation and player defections. With only eight scholarship student-athletes, none taller than 6–7, the staff molded the Cats into winners once again, exceeding expectations to record a 14–14 mark; the following year, with Smith promoted to associate coach and UK still on probation, the Wildcats earned a 22–6 record, a final ranking of ninth in the AP poll, an SEC-best 14–4 record. Smith wasn't the only soon-to-be high-profile name on Pitino's coaching staff at Kentucky. Future head coaches Ralph Willard, Herb Sendek, Billy Donovan, Bernadette Locke-Mattox were all Smith's colleagues. From 1991 to 1995, Smith led the Tulsa Golden Hurricane men's basketball to a 79–43 record. Rebuilding the basketball program his first two years, he led the team to two consecutive Missouri Valley Conference regular season titles and two appearances in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in 1994 and 1995.
Smith's 1994 Tulsa team upset UCLA in the tourney's first round before knocking off Oklahoma State. In'95, the Golden Hurricane defeated Big Ten team Illinois to open March Madness. On March 29, 1995, Smith accepted the head coaching job at the University of Georgia, becoming the school's first African-American head coach. In two seasons, he led the Bulldogs to a 45–19 record, including the first back-to-back seasons of 20 wins or more in school history, his teams achieved a Sweet 16 finish in the 1996 NCAA Tournament and lost in the first round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs defeated Clemson to open the'96 tournament before upsetting the top-seeded Purdue Boilermakers. Tubby Smith was introduced as the Wildcats' 20th head coach on May 12, 1997, charged with the task of replacing popular coach Rick Pitino, who left to become the head coach of the NBA's Boston Celtics; the Wildcats were at the top of the basketball world at the time, having won a national title in 1996 and played in the national title game in 1997.
The team Smith inherited had seven players from the Arizona loss and five from the 1996 championship team. In his first season at UK, he coached the Wildcats to their seventh NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, including a come-from-behind victory against Duke in t
2004–05 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 2004–05 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 10, 2004, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, concluded with the 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 4, 2005 at the Edward Jones Dome in Saint Louis, Missouri. The North Carolina Tar Heels won their fourth NCAA national championship with a 75–70 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini; the preseason AP All-American team was named on November 9. Chris Paul of Wake Forest was the leading vote-getter; the rest of the team included Lawrence Roberts of Mississippi State, Wayne Simien of Kansas, Julius Hodge of NC State and Hakim Warrick of Syracuse. The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls November 11, 2004; these schools joined new conferences for the 2004–05 season. 30 conference seasons conclude with a single-elimination tournament. Traditionally, all conference schools are eligible, regardless of record. However, some conferences, most notably the Big East, do not invite the teams with the worst records.
The conference tournament winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. A school that wins the conference regular season title is guaranteed an NIT bid; the Ivy League is the only Division I conference that does not hold a conference tournament, instead sending their regular-season champion. * Coleman and Funn tied for the national assists lead. Each player had 224 assists in 28 games; the NCAA Tournament tipped off on March 15, 2005 with the opening round game in Dayton and concluded on April 4 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO. A total of 65 teams entered the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments; the automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a post-season tournament, went to its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee; the Big East Conference led the way with eight bids. North Carolina won their fourth NCAA title. North Carolina forward Sean May was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the National Invitation Tournament invited 32 teams to participate, reducing the field's size from 40. Eight teams were given automatic bids for winning their conference regular seasons, 24 other teams were invited. Dave Odom's South Carolina Gamecocks won the title, defeating the Saint Joseph's Hawks 60–57 in the championship game; the Gamecocks' Carlos Powell was named tournament MVP. Wooden Award: Andrew Bogut, Utah Naismith Award: Andrew Bogut, Utah Associated Press Player of the Year: Andrew Bogut, Utah NABC Player of the Year: Andrew Bogut, Utah Oscar Robertson Trophy: Andrew Bogut, Utah Adolph Rupp Trophy: J. J. Redick, Duke CBS/Chevrolet Player of the Year: Andrew Bogut, Utah Sporting News Player of the Year: Dee Brown, Illinois USBWA Freshman of the Year: Marvin Williams, North Carolina Sporting News Freshman of the Year: Marvin Williams, North Carolina Associated Press Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber, Illinois Henry Iba Award: Bruce Weber, Illinois NABC Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber, Illinois Naismith College Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber, Illinois CBS/Chevrolet Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber, Illinois Adolph Rupp Cup: Bruce Weber, Illinois Sporting News Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber, Illinois Bob Cousy Award: Raymond Felton, North Carolina Pete Newell Big Man Award: Andrew Bogut, Utah NABC Defensive Player of the Year: Shelden Williams, Duke Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award: Nate Robinson, Washington Lowe's Senior CLASS Award: Wayne Simien, Kansas Robert V. Geasey Trophy: Pat Carroll, St. Joseph's NIT/Haggerty Award: Keydren Clark, Saint Peter's A number of teams changed coaches throughout the season and after the season ended
2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 5, 2007 ended with the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament's championship game on April 7, 2008, in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Behind Mario Chalmers' clutch three-pointer at the end of regulation, the Kansas Jayhawks won an overtime battle against the Memphis Tigers to take their third NCAA tournament title, twenty years after Danny Manning led the Jayhawks to their last championship. Bill Self sheds the title of "best coach never to go to a Final Four" in dramatic fashion. For the first time since teams were seeded for the NCAA Tournament, all four number one seeds advanced to the Final Four. In February, Kelvin Sampson agreed to a buyout and was relieved of his duties as coach of Indiana University following a recruiting scandal concerning impermissible phone calls. Dan Dakich was named interim coach, but the damage had been done as the Hoosiers go 3–4 the rest of the season and bow out to Arkansas in a listless performance in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
After the season, IU hired Marquette coach Tom Crean to tackle the major rebuilding job ahead. Sophomore Stephen Curry put on a shooting display as the Davidson Wildcats upset Gonzaga and Wisconsin - narrowly succumbed to eventual champion Kansas 59–57 - to go to their first Elite Eight since 1969. Curry scored 40, 30, 33 and 25 points in the four games and was named the Midwest Region Most Outstanding Player. North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough and Kansas State's Michael Beasley engaged in a season-long battle for National player of the year honors. Hansbrough swept the POY awards, while Beasley won all Freshman of the Year awards and joined Hansbrough as a unanimous first-team All-American. Memphis flirted with being the first undefeated team since 1976, they started the season 26–0, but on February 23 cross-state rival Tennessee defeated the Tigers 66–62 on Memphis' home floor in a battle of the #1 and #2 teams. The Tigers finished the season 38 -- 2. However, all 38 wins were vacated by the NCAA in 2009, due to an invalid SAT score for star Derrick Rose.
After beating Memphis, Tennessee attained the #1 ranking for the first time in school history. They lost their next game at Vanderbilt; the preseason AP All-American team was named on November 5. Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina was the leading vote-getter; the rest of the team included Roy Hibbert of Georgetown, Chris Lofton of Tennessee, Drew Neitzel of Michigan State and Darren Collison of UCLA. The Drake Bulldogs — picked in the preseason to finish ninth in the 10-team Missouri Valley Conference — had a dream season, starting 13–0, finishing 28–5 - and were ranked as high as #14 at one point during the season. Drake's charge was led by an unlikely hero — senior point guard Adam Emmenecker, a three-year walk-on who would go on to capture both the MVC's regular-season and tournament Most Valuable Player awards. On February 4, career coaching wins leader Bob Knight retired as head coach of Texas Tech, handing the reins to his son Pat. Knight would reappear as a studio host for ESPN in the postseason.
A severe storm ripped a hole in the Georgia Dome. After game delays and a venue change, the Georgia Bulldogs scored an unlikely championship run that included winning two games in one day. At Arizona, coach Lute Olson took an unexpected leave of absence just prior to the season's start. Kevin O'Neill, assistant coach and supposed Olson successor, was named interim coach. Olson announced he would return for 2008–09 and did not retain O'Neill on his staff as rumors of a disagreement between the two swirled; the first College Basketball Invitational was held, offering a post-season alternative to teams not selected for the NCAA Tournament or NIT. Tulsa defeats Bradley in a best of three series to take the inaugural title. Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser died at 56 of an apparent heart attack the July before the season began. Assistant Dino Gaudio was named successor and led the Deacons through an emotional year punctuated by an upset of Duke. Lester Hudson of Tennessee-Martin recorded the first-ever quadruple-double in NCAA history.
Against Central Baptist College, Hudson scored 25 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out 10 assists and recorded 10 steals in a 116–74 win. On January 23, Baylor beat Texas A&M 116–110 in five overtimes in the season's longest game. Houston's Rob McKiver scored 52 points in a game against Southern Mississippi to set the single-game scoring high for the season. Stephen Curry broke the NCAA record for three-pointers made in a season, connecting on 162; the previous record had been held by Butler's Darrin Fitzgerald set in 1987. Mike Krzyzewski, Eddie Sutton each won their 800th career games. North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, Tennessee's Chris Lofton, Vanderbilt's Shan Foster, Virginia's Sean Singletary, Western Kentucky's Courtney Lee, Utah State's Jaycee Carroll, Colorado's Richard Roby, UNC Greensboro's Kyle Hines, High Point's Arizona Reid, Rider's Jason Thompson, Hofstra's Antoine Agudio, New Orleans' Bo McCalebb and VMI's Reggie Williams all eclipsed the career 2000-point mark during the season.
Effective this season, the Mid-Continent Conference changed its name to The Summit League. Presbyterian, Cal State Bakersfield, Florida Gulf Coast, South Carolina Upstate and North Carolina Central, all moved up to Division I competition. Conference realignments: IPFW, North Dakota State and South Dakota State began play in the Summit League, while UC Davis competed in the Big West Conference for the first time. All four programs were independent in 2006–07. Valparaiso began play in the Horizon League after leaving t
Ritchie Lawrence McKay is an American basketball coach, in his second stint as the head coach of the Liberty Flames of Liberty University. McKay for the last 6 seasons had been the associate head coach to Tony Bennett for the Virginia Cavaliers at the University of Virginia, he had been the head coach of the University of New Mexico, Oregon State, Colorado State, Portland State, Liberty. On April 3, 2009, McKay was hand selected by Bennett and lured from his head coaching position at Liberty to become Associate Head Coach at Virginia. On April 1, 2015, he returned as head coach of the Liberty Flames. McKay holds the Liberty school record for single-season wins, with his team attaining a record of 28–6 in the 2018–19 season after winning the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season and tournament championships. McKay got his first head coaching job with Portland State. After a poor first year, McKay led the team to a third-place conference finish in his second season, he used that success as this time at Colorado State.
He stayed two seasons there before heading to Oregon State, another two at Oregon State before accepting the head coaching position at New Mexico. While there, he experienced mixed success. In 2005, his team won an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament; that successful season helped launch forward Danny Granger to an NBA career. Still, McKay couldn't turn New Mexico into a consistent program, in February 2007, he was fired. McKay took a job at Liberty University, where he took the Flames to Big South semifinals in back-to-back years, his second-year, with the help of Seth Curry, McKay led the LU to a Division I school-record 23 wins and a bid to the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. After the season ended, Curry transferred to Duke University, McKay's longtime friend Tony Bennett was hired as head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers. Bennett asked McKay to join his staff as his associate head coach, McKay accepted. On April 1, 2015, McKay was selected to return to Liberty University as head coach.
En route to a school-record 28 wins, McKay's Flames defeated the storied UCLA Bruins on their home court in Los Angeles by 15 points, prompting the immediate firing of UCLA head coach Steve Alford in December 2018, before the Pac-12 season began. It was Alford who replaced McKay at New Mexico after his firing there nearly twelve years earlier; the following year, he was the 2019 recipient of the Jim Phelan Award. McKay graduated from Westwood High School, played college basketball at Seattle Pacific University. McKay has a wife, daughter and sons Luke and Gabriel