Seattle Redhawks men's basketball

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Seattle Redhawks
2013–14 Seattle Redhawks men's basketball team
Seattle Redhawks athletic logo
University Seattle University
Conference WAC
Location Seattle, WA
Head coach Cameron Dollar (3rd year)
Arena KeyArena
(Capacity: 17,072)
Nickname Redhawks
Colors

Red and White

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament runner up
1958
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1958
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1958
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1953, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1964
NCAA Tournament appearances
1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1969
Conference regular season champions
2007

Seattle Redhawks men's basketball started in 1946. They were previously known as the Seattle Chieftains. Seattle was a member of NCAA Division I from 1946 to 1980 and once again starting in 2008. They are a member of the Western Athletic Conference (2012–present).[1] They were previously a member of the West Coast Conference (1971-1980).[2]

History[edit]

On January 21, 1952, the Seattle U. basketball team, then known as the Chieftains, beat the Harlem Globetrotters in a stunning 84-81 upset, led by Johnny O'Brien.[3] On March 22, 1958, Elgin Baylor led the Chieftains to the championship game of the 1958 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, where they fell short to the Kentucky Wildcats.[4] Between 1953 and 1969, they reached the NCAA Division I Tournament 11 times.[5]

Notable alumni of Seattle University basketball include Elgin Baylor, Johnny O'Brien, Eddie O'Brien, Eddie Miles, Clint Richardson, John Tresvant, Tom Workman, Frank Oleynick, Charlie Williams, Jawann Oldham, and Plummer Lott.[6]

Seattle U then discontinued its men's basketball at the D. 1 level for some time. In 2009, the program was upgraded to D. 1 status again. The Redhawks played as an independent for the next three years, until they were certified as a full D. 1 member for the 2012-13 basketball season. On April 16, 2009, Cameron Dollar was hired as the new men's basketball head coach to replace Joe Callero.[7] Seattle University and the nearby University of Washington have agreed to renew their rivalry by playing annually from 2009 to 2014 while rotating sites.

The Redhawks needed a stable conference to join if they wanted their basketball to be eligible for post-season play. The school made pitches to the West Coast Conference and Big Sky Conference but were passed up for other schools. They joined the Western Athletic Conference on June 14, 2011 and became members on July 1, 2012. Shortly after joining, the WAC would be raided by other conferences for their football and basketball schools.

For the 2012-13 season, Seattle joined the WAC with eight other schools. All but one, New Mexico State Aggies is set to leave after the 2012-13 season. The WAC will add 5 new schools for the 2012-13 season in order to keep the NCAA Tournament's automatic bid (a conference must have a minimum of six schools to keep bid).

On December 29, 2012, Seattle U played their first WAC game, in a loss to Idaho 71-64.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
1946–47 Len Yandle, Bill Fenton 18–12
1947–48 Len Yandle, Bill Fenton 10–16
1948–49 Al Brightman 12–14
1949–50 Al Brightman 12–17
1950–51 Al Brightman 32–5
1951–52 Al Brightman 29–8 NIT First Round
1952–53 Al Brightman 29–4 NCAA Regional Third Place
1953–54 Al Brightman 26–2 NCAA First Round
1954–55 Al Brightman 22–7 NCAA Regional Fourth Place
1955–56 Al Brightman 18–11 NCAA Regional Fourth Place
1956–57 John Castellani 24–3 NIT Quarterfinals
1957–58 John Castellani 23–6 NCAA Runner-up
1958–59 Vincent Cazzetta 23–6
1959–60 Vincent Cazzetta 16–10
1960–61 Vincent Cazzetta 18–8 NCAA First Round
1961–62 Vincent Cazzetta 18–9 NCAA First Round
1962–63 Vincent Cazzetta 21–6 NCAA First Round
1963–64 Bob Boyd 22–6 NCAA Regional Third Place
1964–65 Bob Boyd 19–7
1965–66 Lionell Purcell 16–10
1966–67 Lionell Purcell 18–8 NCAA First Round
1967–68 Morris Buckwalter 15–14
1968–69 Morris Buckwalter 20–8 NCAA First Round
1969–70 Morris Buckwalter 15–10
1970–71 Morris Buckwalter 12–14
Seattle (West Coast Conference) (1971–1980)
1971–72 Morris Buckwalter 17–9 10–4 3rd
1972–73 William O'Connor 13–13 6–8 T–5th
1973–74 William O'Connor 15–11 11–3 2nd
1974–75 William O'Connor 8–18 6–8 6th
1975–76 William O'Connor 11–16 6–6 4th
1976–77 William O'Connor 14–14 7–7 T–3rd
1977–78 William O'Connor 11–17 6–8 5th
1978–79 Jack Schalow 16–11 8–6 4th
1979–80 Jack Schalow 12–15 8–8 7th
Seattle (Independent) (1980–1992)
1980–81 Jack Schalow 9–13
1981–82 Len Nardone 6–22
1982–83 Len Nardone 15–16
1983–84 Len Nardone 14–14
1984–85 Len Nardone 21–12
1985–86 Bob Johnson 10–20
1986–87 Bob Johnson 17–13
1987–88 Bob Johnson 13–17
1988–89 Bob Johnson 7–23
1989–90 Bob Johnson 10–20
1990–91 Bob Johnson 16–15
1991–92 Al Hairston 14–17
1992–93 Al Hairston 6–24
1993–94 Al Hairston 17–14
1994–95 Al Hairston 10–20
1995–96 Al Hairston 14–17
1996–97 Al Hairston 13–18
Seattle (Northwest Conference[8]) (1997–1999)
1997–98 Al Hairston 4–20 3–15 10th
1998–99 Al Hairston 4–20 4–14 10th
Seattle (?) (1999–2001)
1999–00 Al Hairston 7–17
2000–01 Dave Cox 6–21
Seattle (Great Northwest Athletic Conference) (2001–2008)
2001–02 Joe Callero 6–23 4–14 9th
2002–03 Joe Callero 16–11 9–9 7th
2003–04 Joe Callero 9–18 5–13 T–8th
2004–05 Joe Callero 11–16 6–12 8th
2005–06 Joe Callero 16–11 9–9 7th
2006–07 Joe Callero 20–9 11–5 T–1st
2007–08 Joe Callero 18–9 11–7 8th[n 1]
Seattle (Independent) (2008–2012)
2008–09 Joe Callero 21–8
2009–10 Cameron Dollar 17–14
2010–11 Cameron Dollar 11–20
2011–12 Cameron Dollar 12–15
Seattle (Western Athletic Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 Cameron Dollar 8–22 3–15 10th
2013–14 Cameron Dollar 12–13 4–8
Total:

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Retired numbers[edit]

Seattle Redhawks retired numbers
No. Player Pos. Career
3 Ed O'Brien [9] 1950-53
4 John O'Brien [9] 1950-53
20 Eddie Miles F 1960-63
22 Elgin Baylor SF 1956-58
32 Tom Workman [10] C 1964-66
44 Clint Richardson SG 1975-79

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placing in standings based on NCAA nullification ruling