Seattle Redhawks men's basketball
|Head coach||Cameron Dollar (3rd year)|
Red and White
|NCAA Tournament runner up|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|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|
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). They were previously a member of the West Coast Conference (1971-1980).
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. 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. Between 1953 and 1969, they reached the NCAA Division I Tournament 11 times.
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.
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. 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.
|1946–47||Len Yandle, Bill Fenton||18–12|
|1947–48||Len Yandle, Bill Fenton||10–16|
|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|
|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|
|1966–67||Lionell Purcell||18–8||NCAA First Round|
|1968–69||Morris Buckwalter||20–8||NCAA First Round|
|Seattle (West Coast Conference) (1971–1980)|
|Seattle (Independent) (1980–1992)|
|Seattle (Northwest Conference) (1997–1999)|
|Seattle (?) (1999–2001)|
|Seattle (Great Northwest Athletic Conference) (2001–2008)|
|2007–08||Joe Callero||18–9||11–7||8th[n 1]|
|Seattle (Independent) (2008–2012)|
|Seattle (Western Athletic Conference) (2012–present)|
|Seattle Redhawks retired numbers|
|3||Ed O'Brien ||1950-53|
|4||John O'Brien ||1950-53|
|32||Tom Workman ||C||1964-66|
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- "Seattle University Dedicates O’Brien Center for Athletic Administration", 13 December 2010
- "SU to retired Workman's #32" by Mark Allende at The Examiner.com, 18 January 2011]
- Placing in standings based on NCAA nullification ruling