Tom Izzo

  • Birth Place: Iron Mountain, Michigan, United States
  • Profession: College basketball coach
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Fast Facts

  • Childhood friends with---and Northern Michigan University roommate of--- former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci.
  • 1990 inductee into the NMU Hall of Fame.
  • Promoted in 1995 to head coach at Michigan State upon the retirement of Jud Heathcote.
  • Named the 1998 AP National Coach of the Year.
  • Won the 1998 Henry Iba Award for the college-basketball coach of the year as determined by the U.S. Basketball Writers of America.
  • Named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2009.
  • Coached MSU to the 2000 national title.
  • Prior to 2009, promised Spartans fans that he would shave his head if MSU won the Big Ten conference title outright. (MSU won by four games over Purdue.)
  • Surpassed Heathcote as the winningest coach in MSU history with his 341st on Nov. 29, 2009, a 106-68 rout over Massachusetts in the Legends Classic.
  • Summer 2010, Izzo was linked to the head-coaching job with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but could not talk to LeBron James, who subsequently signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat. At a June 15, 2010, press conference, he said "I'm pleased to say I am here for life at Michigan State."
  • In December 2010, received a one-game suspension for a secondary NCAA rules infraction regarding employment of a person with a connection to a potential recruit.

Relationships

  • Raquel Izzo — Daughter
  • Steven Izzo — Son
  • Lupe Izzo — Wife

College

  • Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, United States (BS, 1977)

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