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Tom Izzo    

Head Basketball Coach of Michigan State University

Tom Izzo is the head coach of Michigan State University's basketball team. Under Izzo, Michigan State has been one of the most successful collegiate basketball programs in the country. He has been with the team since 1995 and has led the Spartans to the 2000 NCAA Division I National Championship, the 2009 NCAA National Championship Game, eight Final Fours, nine Big Ten Championships, and six Big Ten Tournament Championships. The coach with the most wins in school history, Izzo's teams have earned invitations to 22 consecutive NCAA tournaments, in addition to setting the Big Ten record for the longest home winning streak. These accomplishments led analyst Andy Katz at ESPN to deem Michigan State the top college basketball program for the decade from 1998 to 2007.

Izzo is currently the longest-tenured coach in the Big Ten Conference, and his teams are often recognized for their rebounding prowess and defensive tenacity. He has won four national coach of the year awards and maintains a considerable coaching tree — several of his former assistants are currently head coaches at other Division I schools. Izzo has won nine regular-season conference titles, tied for the third most in conference history. He has also won the most Big Ten Tournament titles (six) in conference history. Izzo is second all-time in Big Ten wins, trailing only Bob Knight.

Speech Topics

Teamwork, Motivation, Achieving Success


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 .

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 ...

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 coach Tom Izzo on college sports: "It scares me the ...

Izzo discusses paying players and transfer rules during visit to Birmingham.

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.

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