William & Mary Tribe men's basketball

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William & Mary Tribe
2017–18 William & Mary Tribe men's basketball team
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University College of William & Mary
Head coach Tony Shaver (15th season)
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
Location Williamsburg, Virginia
Arena Kaplan Arena
(Capacity: 11,300)
Nickname Tribe
Colors Green, Gold, and Silver[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

Conference regular season champions
1983, 1998, 2015

The William & Mary Tribe men's basketball team represents the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in NCAA Division I competition. The school's team competes in the Colonial Athletic Association and play their home games in Kaplan Arena.

Postseason berths[edit]

NIT results[edit]

The Tribe have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament three times. Their combined record is 0–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1983 First Round Virginia Tech L 85–79
2010 First Round North Carolina L 80–72
2015 First Round Tulsa L 70–67

NCAA results[edit]

  • None (have never qualified)

William & Mary is one of four original Division I teams in history to have never participated in the NCAA Tournament.[2] When the NCAA split its classification into divisions in 1948–49, William & Mary was classified as a Division I school. Of all Division I schools today that were charter members of this new classification, only William & Mary, The Citadel, Army, and St. Francis Brooklyn have never reached the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at least once. The closest effort by the Tribe to reach the NCAA Tournament was a 75–74 loss in the 2014 CAA Tournament Final to Delaware. The Tribe also lost conference tournament championships in 1958, 1961, 1965, 1975, 1983, 2008, 2010, and 2015, now having gone 0–9 in NCAA Tournament berth-clinching games.

Recent seasons[edit]

2008 season[edit]

The 2008 Men's basketball season was just another season for the Tribe, fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association and needing to win the tournament in order to have any chance at a postseason bid. It would have somewhat of a magical end, however, as they became the first team ever, in NCAA history, to score 4 baskets in 4 conference tournament games, with less than 8 seconds left in each game: First round: David Schneider 3-pointer with less than a second left to beat Georgia State, 58–57(ironically enough, exactly one year earlier, this was how Georgia State beat William and Mary) Quarterfinals: Nathan Mann 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds left to beat Old Dominion, 63–60 Semifinals: Laimus Kisielius layup with 3 seconds left to beat VCU, 56–54. The Tribe fans stormed the Richmond Coliseum court. Championship Game: Danny Sumner 3-pointer with no time left(this had no effect on the outcome; the basket DID count, but George Mason had already won the game) made the final score 68–59 in favor of the Patriots.

2010 season[edit]

Through February 17, 2010, the Tribe sported a 19–7 record, including upset road wins over heavily favored ACC opponents Wake Forest and Maryland. These wins and other impressive showings, including a hard-fought loss to Connecticut, garnered William and Mary votes in the AP and coaches' polls during several weeks early in the season. After reaching the CAA Finals and ending their regular season with a 22–10 record (12–6, CAA), the Tribe earned its second NIT berth in school history.


William & Mary's traditional rivals have included in-state opponents Old Dominion University, James Madison University, the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and George Mason University. However, of these teams, only the James Madison Dukes are still members of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Richmond Spiders, VCU Rams, and George Mason Patriots have all moved on to the Atlantic 10 Conference while the Old Dominion Monarchs left for Conference USA in 2013. Some of these teams are maintained as part of William & Mary's out of conference schedule each year along with other Virginia schools like Virginia, Virginia Tech, Hampton, Radford, VMI, and Liberty.

Series records[edit]

  • Records through the 2017–18 season (Jan. 11)
Opponent Match Ups Record (Pct.) Last Game
Richmond 200 97–103 (.487) Dec. 3, 2014
VMI 118 77–41 (.653) Nov. 27, 2013
Virginia Tech 117 41–76 (.350) Dec. 17, 2005
James Madison 94 45–49 (.479) Jan. 11, 2018
Old Dominion 89 22–67 (.247) Nov. 25, 2017
Virginia 80 29–51 (.367) Dec. 5, 2015
George Mason 67 28–39 (.418) Dec. 6, 2017
VCU 51 12–39 (.235) Feb. 1, 2012

Program records[edit]

Through the 2017–18 season, March 5

Career leaders[edit]

Single-season leaders[edit]

NCAA records[edit]

  • Bill Chambers, highest single game rebound total, 51, February 14, 1953 vs. Virginia (rules changes since then make this record unlikely to be broken)
  • In 2009–10, they became the first team in NCAA history to score baskets in four consecutive conference tournament games with less than eight seconds remaining in each game


Southern Conference (1936–1977)[edit]

Season Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year First Team All-SoCon Second Team All-SoCon Third Team All-SoCon Rookie of the Year
1936–37 N/A
1937–38 N/A
1938–39 N/A
1939–40 N/A
1940–41 N/A
1941–42 N/A
1942–43 N/A
1943–44 N/A
1944–45 N/A
1945–46 N/A
1946–47 N/A Chet Giermak
1947–48 N/A
1948–49 N/A Chet Giermak
1949–50 N/A Chet Giermak (2)
1950–51 N/A Perry Lewis
Ed McMillan
1951–52 Bill Chambers
1952–53 Bill Chambers (2)
1957–58 Roy Lange
1958–59 Roy Lange (2) Jeff Cohen
1959–60 Jeff Cohen Ben Vaughan
1960–61 Jeff Cohen Jeff Cohen (2)
1962–63 Roger Bergey
1963–64 Dave Hunter
1965–66 Ben Pomeroy
1966–67 Ben Pomeroy (2) Ron Panneton
1967–68 Bob Sherwood
1969–70 Bob Sherwood
1970–71 Tom Jasper Tom Jasper Steve Dodge
1971–72 Jeffrey Trammell
1972–73 Mike Arizin
1973–74 Mike Arizin (2)
1974–75 Ron Satterthwaite
1975–76 John Lowenhaupt Ron Satterthwaite
1976–77 John Lowenhaupt

ECAC South (1977–1982)[edit]

William & Mary joined the Colonial Athletic Association, its current conference, in 1982–83. The CAA's predecessor was the ECAC South, which existed between 1977–78 and 1984–85. The CAA recognizes the 1982–83 through 1984–85 seasons as part of its basketball history but not any earlier. The CAA was formally founded in 1982–83 as the ECAC South Basketball League. It was renamed the Colonial Athletic Association in 1985–86 when it added championships in other sports (although a number of members maintain ECAC affiliation in some sports).

Season Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year First Team All-ECAC Second Team All-ECAC Third Team All-ECAC Rookie of the Year
1980–81 Mike Strayhorn

Colonial Athletic Association (1982–present)[edit]

Season Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year First Team All-CAA Second Team All-CAA Third Team All-CAA Rookie of the Year
1982–83 Bruce Parkhill Keith Cieplicki,
Brant Weidner
1983–84 Keith Cieplicki (2)
1984–85 Keith Cieplicki (3)
1987–88 Tim Trout
1988–89 Tom Bock
1989–90 Thomas Roberts
1990–91 Thomas Roberts
1991–92 Thomas Roberts (2)
1992–93 Thomas Roberts (3)
1994–95 Kurt Small
1995–96 David Cully
1996–97 Bobby Fitzgibbons
1997–98 Charlie Woollum Randy Bracy Terence Jennings
1999–00 Jim Moran
2000–01 Jim Moran (2)
2001–02 Mike Johnson
2002–03 Adam Hess
2003–04 Adam Hess (2) Corey Cofield Corey Cofield
2004–05 Corey Cofield (2)
2006–07 Adam Payton
2007–08 Tony Shaver Laimis Kisielius
2008–09 David Schneider
2009–10 Tony Shaver (2) David Schneider Quinn McDowell
2010–11 Quinn McDowell (2)
2012–13 Marcus Thornton Tim Rusthoven
2013–14 Marcus Thornton Tim Rusthoven Omar Prewitt
2014–15 Marcus Thornton Terry Tarpey Marcus Thornton (2) Terry Tarpey Omar Prewitt
2015–16 Terry Tarpey (2) Omar Prewitt Terry Tarpey (2)
2016–17 Daniel Dixon Omar Prewitt (2)
2017–18 Nathan Knight David Cohn,
Justin Pierce

Retired jerseys[edit]

Banners honoring the 1983 NIT berth, Keith Cieplicki, Bill Chambers
Banners honoring Chet Giermak, John Lowenhaupt, Jeff Cohen and Lynn Norenberg

William & Mary has retired five men's basketball jerseys in its program's history. Uniform numbers are not retired, only ceremonial jerseys. Banners depicting the all-time greats hang in the rafters of Kaplan Arena (the banner in white is for Lynn Norenberg, the only W&M women's basketball player to have a jersey retired). There also hang banners which commemorate their 1983 National Invitation Tournament and 2010 National Invitation Tournament bids.

Players in the NBA[edit]


  1. ^ "William & Mary Athletics Logos and Marks". September 20, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2018. 
  2. ^ Wall Street Journal blog: March Madness Claims New Victims. Accessed March 18, 2008.

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