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Tom Izzo      

Head Basketball Coach of the Michigan State Spartans

Tom Izzo is a college basketball coach who has been the head coach at Michigan State University (MSU) since 1995. His career spans nearly three decades, during which he has amassed a series of notable accomplishments including a 2000 NCAA National Championship, 10 regular-season Big Ten Championships, six Big Ten Tournament titles, and eight National Coach of the Year awards. Moreover, Izzo holds a Big Ten record for 25 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2016, Izzo was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

With a career record of 687-280, Izzo stands as one of the most successful coaches in the annals of college basketball history. He has further distinguished himself with his 55 NCAA Tournament victories, the highest tally for any Big Ten coach and the sixth-highest of all time. A 2015 inductee into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Izzo has also carried MSU to seven Final Four appearances between 1999 and 2015, a feat only three other schools have achieved in a 17-year span.

Izzo has received honorary degrees from both Northern Michigan and Michigan State, delivering the commencement address at both graduation ceremonies. He has also been inducted into the Northern Michigan University Hall of Fame and the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame.

Speech Topics

Teamwork, Motivation, Achieving Success


Michigan State’s Tom Izzo may have done best job of career
The 2018-19 season might be remembered as the best coaching job in Izzo’s long career at Michigan State, reaching his eighth Final Four with a short-handed team that lost two underclassmen to the pros last year.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo on college sports: "It scares me the ...
Izzo discusses paying players and transfer rules during visit to Birmingham.
Tom Izzo welcomes high expectations for Michigan State as its ...
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State is expected to have one of college basketball's best teams this season, and Tom Izzo is embracing the hype. "I'm excited ...
Michigan State's Tom Izzo has questions on leadership, makes ...
Izzo is open-minded about the team's search for team captains as Day 1 began with the coach wondering about where player-driven leadership would come ...
Michigan state's tom izzo fires up students to evacuate spartan stadium
Izzo can be heard over the loudspeakers telling the students to leave the stadium .

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