Longest-Tenured College Basketball Head Coaches

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FILE - Michigan State coach Tom Izzo shouts during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin at the Big Ten Conference men's tournament Friday, March 11, 2022, in Indianapolis. Michigan State has signed Izzo to a new deal valued at $6.2 million per season, giving him about $2 million more each year. The school announced the deal Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, saying that the five-year rollover contract will need to be approved by its board next month. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
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Despite the unprecedented turnover of Division-I men’s college basketball head coaches – approximately two-thirds of all teams have changed coaches at least once in the last five years – many programs have been led by the same coach for decades.

Tom Izzo, in his 28th season as Michigan State head coach, is the longest-tenured head coach in college basketball but is still far behind the longest-tenured coaches in the country, most notably Jim Boeheim.

Longest-Tenured College Basketball Head Coaches

RankCoachTeamFirst Season
1Jim BoeheimSyracuse1976-77
2Greg KampeOakland1984-85
3Ron CottrellHouston Baptist1991-92
4Tom IzzoMichigan State1995-96
5(t)Mark FewGonzaga1999-2000
5(t)James JonesYale1999-2000
7Mike BreyNotre Dame2000-01
8Randy BennettSaint Mary's2001-02
9Leonard HamiltonFlorida State2002-03
10(t)Scott DrewBaylor2003-04
10(t)Bill SelfKansas2003-04

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