Tom Izzo

Tom Izzo is the Head Basketball Coach at Michigan State University.

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“Anytime you’re shortcutting it, you’re probably cheating some people.”

“I realized how important it is to make sure you take care of everybody in your organization one way or another.”

“I have a saying on my locker room “P.P.T.P.W.” Players play, tough players win.”

“Basketball is the ultimate team game where we learn the value of teamwork, a group of individuals focused on a common goal.”

“Basketball can be humbling, it’s taught me to laugh, to celebrate in victory but it’s also taught me to cry & handle defeat with class.”

Tom Izzo is an American college-level basketball coach who currently coaches the basketball team of ‘Michigan State University.’ Born and raised in the Iron Mountain area of Michigan, Tom played basketball ever since he was a child. Following his graduation from the ‘Northern Michigan University,’ Tom began working as a basketball coach at the ‘Ishpeming High School.’ He then had a stint as an assistant coach at the ‘Northern Michigan University.’ After a brief spell as an assistant coach at the ‘University of Tulsa,’ Tom joined ‘Michigan State University’ as the head coach in 1995. Along with being the longest-running head coach of a university team in the ‘Big Ten Conference,’ he has also been recognized as the coach with the most number of wins for ‘Michigan State University.’ As a coach, he has led his team to the ‘National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship,’ along with nine ‘Big Tens.’ During his 24-year tenure with ‘Michigan State University,’ he has won four ‘Coach of the Year’ trophies. He has also been inducted into the ‘Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.’


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