October 11, 2012
Amaker Inducted Into Inaugural W.T. Woodson High School Athletic Hall of Fame
Amaker has led Harvard to a 92-56 mark in his first five
seasons in Cambridge (Gil Talbot).
FAIRFAX, Va. – Harvard men’s
basketball head coach Tommy Amaker was one of 16 individuals to be
inducted into the inaugural W.T. Woodson High School Athletic Hall
of Fame during a ceremony held Oct. 6.
In conjunction with the school’s 50th anniversary,
Amaker, who played at Woodson from 1979-83 and was a
McDonald’s High School All-American, was honored in the
ceremony held at the Fairview Park Marriott. Amaker, who holds a
268-195 career head coaching record, including a 92-56 mark at the
helm at Harvard, is entering his sixth season as the head coach of
Amaker, who went on to play collegiately at Duke from 1983-87,
was a four-year starting point guard, helping the Blue Devils reach
the NCAA tournament four times. As a junior, he led Duke to a 37-3
overall record and an appearance in the 1986 NCAA championship game
and was an All-American in 1987 while serving as team captain. A
member of the Duke Athletic Hall of Fame, Amaker was the 1987
recipient of the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation’s
top defensive player.
Amaker began his coaching career at Duke, serving as an
assistant on two NCAA championship teams (1991, 1992) and helped
the Blue Devils to three other Final Fours.
After nine years as a graduate assistant, assistant coach and
associate head coach at Duke, Amaker was named head coach at Seton
Hall in 1997, becoming the youngest head basketball coach in Big
East history. He led the Pirates to the Sweet Sixteen in 2000, as
well as three trips to the NIT (1998, 1999 and 2001).
Following his tenure at Seton Hall, Amaker was tabbed as the
head coach at Michigan in 2001. He steered the Wolverines to the
postseason three times, winning the 2004 NIT title and reaching the
championship game in 2006.
After taking over the Harvard program in 2007, Amaker has led
the Crimson to several achievements in his first five seasons.
Amaker coached Jeremy Lin ’10 for three seasons, who is now a
member of the Houston Rockets. Lin was a three-time All-Ivy League
selection and became the first Asian-American player to play in the
NBA since 2000, as well as the first Ivy League player to compete
in the league since 2003.
In 2012, Harvard won its second straight Ivy League title and
finished 26-5 overall and 12-2 in conference play. Harvard’s
26 wins marked the most in program history for a single season, and
the Crimson earned the program’s first NCAA tournament berth
During the 2011-12 season, Harvard defeated Utah, Florida
State and Central Florida to win the prestigious Battle 4 Atlantis
tournament and was ranked as high as No. 21 in the national polls,
another first for the program. Following the season, Amaker was
named the UBWA and NABC District Coach of the Year, as well as the
College Insider Ivy League Coach of the Year. Amaker was also
tabbed a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award and the Hugh Durham Award
for coaching and was selected as a candidate for the Associated
Press National Coach of the Year.
In 2010-11, Amaker guided Harvard to a team record with 14
home victories, going 14-0 at home, and enjoyed a 28-game home win
streak from Feb. 20, 2010-Feb. 24, 2012. Harvard won a share of the
program’s first Ivy League title and earned a berth in the
NIT, finishing the year 23-6 overall.