Amaker, Men's Basketball Program Honored at New England Basketball Hall of Fame Induction
Amaker was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame as the 2013 New England Coach of the Year (Gil Talbot).
WORCESTER, Mass. – Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker was one of several Harvard honorees Saturday night at the 2013 New England Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Amaker was praised as the New England Coach of the Year, earning him enshrinement to the hall, while the men's basketball program was recognized as the organization's "Scholar-Athlete Program."
Amaker, who recently completed his sixth season in Cambridge, has led Harvard to a 112-66 (.639) overall record and a 54-30 (.642) mark in Ivy League play. Under his guidance the Crimson has won three consecutive conference titles while earning two straight NCAA tournament berths. Amaker also coached NBA standout Jeremy Lin '10 for three seasons and has helped Harvard to four consecutive 20-win seasons and postseason appearances.
During the 2010-11 season Harvard won its first Ivy crown, going 23-6 and 12-2 in the Ancient Eight, and followed that performance by winning a program best 26 games during the 2011-12 campaign. The Crimson also earned the first national ranking in program history in 2011-12 and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946.
In 2012-13, the Crimson captured its third straight Ivy title, posting a 20-10 overall record and 11-3 conference mark. In the second round of the NCAA tournament, Harvard upset No. 3 seed New Mexico, winning the first postseason game in team history, as the Crimson advanced to the Round of 32.
Harvard was well represented at the ceremony as the men's basketball program was also recognized as the New England Basketball Hall of Fame "Scholar-Athlete Program." This award is presented at each ceremony to a New England intercollegiate basketball program whose players have not only distinguished itself on the court, but in the classroom and with great success later in life.
Other Harvard honorees included; James Brown '73 (Scholar-Athlete), Arne Duncan '87 (Scholar-Athlete), Jeff Hill '77 (Scholar-Athlete), Tom Mannix '81(Scholar-Athlete), Frank McLaughlin (Pathfinder Award), Tom Stemberg (Contributor).
To view a complete list of award winners from the ceremony, click here.
ABOUT THE NEW ENGLAND BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME:
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame casts a wide net over the accomplishments of the region's renowned basketball participants, including players, coaches, administrators and officials at all levels. The idea for the New England Basketball Hall of Fame sprang from the notion that among all the places basketball developed, from the concrete courts of New York City to the backyard hoops of Indiana, the initial seedbed for basketball was New England. A game that took root in middle Massachusetts is now played all over the world. The Hall of Fame recognizes the people whose excellence has contributed to the rich legacy of New England Basketball. The categories that envelope all the people who make up this storied past are necessarily varied. The Division III female player, the Division I star, and the Basketball Hall of Fame Coach all weave colorful threads into the fascinating tapestry of New England Basketball.