Steve Pikiell enters his third season as head coach of the Scarlet Knights in 2018-19. With 27 years of coaching experience, he is under contract to remain courtside at the RAC through 2023-24 after signing a three-year extension this past season.
Steve is doing a fantastic job and it’s our intent to do everything we can to keep him at Rutgers for a very long time,”said Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs. “We are going to compete with the very best because of Steve’s leadership. Our program could not be in better hands.”
Pikiell has assembled and retained an elite staff to bring winning back to Piscataway. The coaching and support staff is comprised of six former collegiate players. All six served as collegiate team captains, including Pikiell, who was a two-time captain under Hall of fame Coach Jim Calhoun at UConn.
Furthering this winning mission is The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center, which is rising next to the RAC and is slated for completion in summer of 2019. The 307,000-square-foot, four-story sports facility will provide state-of-the-art practice facilities, training areas, locker room and office space for the men’s basketball program.
Both of Pikiell’s seasons at Rutgers have concluded with positive momentum, courtesy of Big Ten Tournament victories. In 2017-18, Rutgers advanced to the Big Ten Conference quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden via wins over Minnesota and five-time national champion Indiana. It marked the first time RU won two conference tournament games since 1998.
Prior to being named the 19th head coach in the history of Rutgers men’s basketball, Pikiell led Stony Brook to six postseason appearances over seven years and was the 2016 America East Conference Coach of the Year.And Before arriving at Stony Brook, Pikiell served as an assistant at George Washington under Karl Hobbs. from 2001-05.During that time the team won its first Atlantic 10 title, earning an automatic NCAA Tournament bid.
A 1990 graduate of UConn, Pikiell was a four-year letter winner. 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. He played in 106 career games and averaged 8.2 points a game. Pikiell was the recipient of the UConn Club Senior Athlete Award for outstanding contributions to UConn Athletics.
Pikiell stayed on under Calhoun at UConn in 1991-92 to begin his coaching career. His first roster as an assistant featured future NBA players Donyell Marshall, Chris Smith, Scott Burrell, Donny Marshall and Kevin Ollie.