Steve Pikiell, is in his second year as Head Coach at Rutgers University. In his first year, his team’s 9-1 start marked the best head-coaching debut in Rutgers men’s basketball history. The Scarlet Knights also earned the program’s first Big Ten Conference road and tournament victories and more than doubled its overall win total and tripled its conference victory total from 2015-16.
Pikiell arrived at Rutgers with 25 years of coaching experience, including 11 seasons as head coach of the Stony Brook Seawolves.
Pikiell was named the 2016 America East Conference Coach of the Year and led Stony Brook to six postseason appearances over seven years. During his tenure, the Seawolves won four America East regular season championships, achieved 22 or more victories on six occasions. A top tactician with a strong reputation for player development, Pikiell mentored the America East Player of the Year in five of his last 7 seasons at Stony Brook.
Everywhere Steve Pikiell has been, he’s won,” said Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Patrick Hobbs. “But most impressive, is that everywhere he’s been, they started at the bottom and rose to the top. He will bring that same dedication and energy to build a successful program at Rutgers. That work has already begun.
Steve is a proven winner and program builder. He did an outstanding job building the Stony Brook program, maintaining success over a long period of time. He’ll do a great job at Rutgers.
This is a dream job for me,” said Pikiell. “I am so excited about the vision that Pat (Hobbs) has for Rutgers Athletics and I’m very fortunate to be a part of it. There is so much potential here. Rutgers has all the ingredients – great location, great University, great people and a great conference. When evaluating the position, it checked all the boxes for me. I look forward to building a program that the Rutgers community will be proud of.
The accomplishments of the Scarlet Knights during Pikiell's inaugural campaign also extended into the classroom and community. In the fall semester, the team posted its highest collective grade point average since the fall of 2014. RU also participated in numerous community service initiatives, including visiting the New Jersey Cancer Institute, Read Across America, Team Impact and the SAAC Holiday Toy Giveaway.
A 1990 graduate of The University of Connecticut, Coach Pikiell was a two-time team captain at point guard under Naismith Hall of Fame Head Coach Jim Calhoun., UConn won its first Big East title and advanced to the Elite Eight and Sweet 16 during the two years that Pikiell captained the Huskies.Read More