Tom Izzo was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 9, 2016, cementing his status as one of the game’s all-time greats.
Now in his 25th year, Izzo has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments, including the 2000 NCAA National Championship, nine regular-season Big Ten Championships, six Big Ten Tournament titles, eight Final Four appearances, eight National Coach of the Year awards and a Big Ten-record 22 straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
With a career record of 606-232, it’s easy to see that Izzo knows how to win, but he also knows how to win the right way. In his 24 years directing the Spartan program, 85 percent of his players who completed their eligibility also left with a degree. In the last 20 years, 59 Spartans have received their undergraduate degrees.
These accomplishments, however, are not what make Izzo one of the best in the game, but rather it is his insatiable desire to accomplish more.
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