Bruce Weber (basketball)

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Bruce Weber
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Weber at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston on January 23, 2010
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Kansas State
Conference Big 12 Conference
Record 76–47
Annual salary $1.85 million
Biographical details
Born (1956-10-19) October 19, 1956 (age 59)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1980 Western Kentucky (assistant)
1980–1998 Purdue (assistant)
1998–2003 Southern Illinois
2003–2012 Illinois
2012–present Kansas State
Head coaching record
Overall 389–198
Tournaments 11–10 (NCAA Tournament)
Accomplishments and honors
Big 12 Regular Season Championship (2013)
Big Ten Regular Season Championship (2004, 2005)
Big Ten Tournament Championship (2005)
MVC Regular Season Championship (2002, 2003)
Naismith College Coach of the Year (2005)
Associated Press National Coach of the Year (2005)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (2013)
Big Ten Coach of the Year (2005)
MVC Coach of the Year (2003)

Bruce Brett Weber (born October 19, 1956) is an American college basketball coach who is currently the men's basketball head coach at Kansas State University.[1] Weber was formerly head coach at Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois.[2]

Weber has won conference championships and conference coach of the year awards at each of the three schools where he has served as head coach. He has guided his teams to a combined total of ten NCAA Tournaments, including an appearance with Illinois in the championship game of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Weber was the consensus national coach of the year in 2005.


Early career[edit]

Weber began his coaching career with a brief stint as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky University during the 1979–80 season under head coach Gene Keady. In 1980, Weber moved to Purdue University along with Keady. He remained an assistant coach at Purdue for 18 seasons before becoming the head coach at Southern Illinois University in 1998. In his five seasons at Southern Illinois Weber led the Salukis to consecutive Missouri Valley Conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances, including an NCAA Sweet Sixteen finish in 2002.

University of Illinois[edit]

On April 30, 2003, Weber was hired by Illinois to replace Bill Self, who had departed from Illinois to take the head coaching job at Kansas.

The Illini played a tough early season game against North Carolina on December 2 in Greensboro, and were tied at 69 with just six minutes to go. Illinois eventually lost the game 88–81, but it proved to be a good test for the young team with no seniors in the starting lineup. Weber faced his toughest test after starting the conference schedule with an even 3–3 mark. He changed many doubters' minds by winning the remaining ten games on the conference schedule, winning the Big Ten title outright for the first time since 1952. In post-season play, the Illini finished second, losing to Wisconsin in the championship game. They received a bid for a fifth seed in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, defeating Murray State and Cincinnati in the first two rounds. A 72–62 loss to top-seeded Duke ended their tournament run, but capped a solid first season for coach Weber.

2004–05 season[edit]

The 2005 season opened with high expectations and the return of all the team's starters. On December, 1 the Illini defeated the number-one ranked team, Wake Forest University, 91–73, at Assembly Hall. Weber sported a glowing orange blazer for the game, and Assembly Hall was painted orange by the 16,618 fans wearing school colors. The pressure grew for Weber as the victory vaulted the Illini to the top spot in the polls the following week, a spot they would carry for the rest of the season. Regular season perfection ended on the last game of the regular season, however, as Illinois lost a 12-point, second-half lead to Ohio State and lost to the Thad Matta-coached Buckeyes, 65–64. In the post-season tournaments they quickly regained form, however, by winning the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago.

In the 2005 NCAA Tournament the team received the overall top seed, and top seed in the Midwestern Regional. Illinois defeated Farleigh Dickinson and Nevada in the first two rounds in Indianapolis. In the Sweet Sixteen, Weber led the Illini to a victory over his alma-mater Milwaukee, then defeated the Arizona to advance to the Final Four. After leading Illinois to a win over Louisville in the Final Four, Weber could not deliver the Fighting Illini their first national championship, falling 75–70 to North Carolina in the national championship game.

Weber coached the team to the best record in school history, finishing 37–2, and tying the NCAA record for most wins in a season. Weber won many coaching awards after the season, including the Naismith Award and the Henry Iba Award.


Despite losing three starters to the NBA, the Illini finished the 2005–06 season with a 26–7 record and reached the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

The 2006–07 season had a disappointing start, including the first 3-game losing streak in Weber's tenure. However, the Illini rebounded to finish 23–11 and again qualify for the NCAA tournament. The 2006–2007 season did, however, bring some disappointment off of the court, as guard Jamar Smith was the driver in an accident that left center Brian Carlwell injured.[3] Smith eventually pled guilty to aggravated DUI and received a 15-day jail sentence.[4]

The 2007–2008 season marked the first time during Weber's tenure that the Illini did not qualify for a postseason tournament, finishing the season with an overall record of 16–19, 5–13 in the Big Ten Conference.[5]

The team improved markedly the following year, however, finishing 24–10 (11–7 in the Big Ten) and returning to NCAA Tournament.

After a 10–0 start to the 2011–12 season, Weber's Illini went 7–15, finishing the season with a 17–15 record.

On March 9, 2012, one day after the Illini lost its Big Ten Conference Tournament opening-round game to Iowa, Weber was relieved of his duties.[6] During his nine-year tenure as Illinois coach, Weber amassed a Big Ten Conference record of 89–64, and an overall record of 210–101.

Kansas State University[edit]

On March 31, 2012, Weber was hired as head coach at Kansas State University, a school that was coming off three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.[1] In his first season at K-State, Weber led the Wildcats to 27–8 record and tied for the Big 12 Conference title with a 14–4 conference mark. The title was K-State's first regular-season conference championship since 1977. Weber was named the 2012–2013 Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year. His first season at KSU ended with an upset loss in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament to the LaSalle University Explorers, 63-61, in Kansas City's Sprint Center.[7]

Shortly after the end of Weber's first season, starting point guard Angel Rodriquez and reserve forward Adrian Diaz announced their intentions to transfer.[8][9] Also, freshman guard Michael Orris, a member of Weber's original recruiting class, left the team to join Northern Illinois.[10] Kansas State's roster was further thinned when incoming freshman Neville Fincher was declared ineligible for the 2013–2014 season, and incoming point guard Jevon Thomas was declared ineligible for the fall semester.[11][12]

Weber started his second season at Kansas State 0–1 after losing at home to the Big Sky Conference's Northern Colorado Bears, but finished the nonconference schedule with an 8-game winning streak and a 10–3 record. In its first conference game, Kansas State upset #6 Oklahoma State and earned a #25 ranking in the following week's AP Poll. The team finished the regular season with a 20–12 record (10–8 in the Big 12) and returned to the NCAA tournament for a school-record fifth straight season.

Weber's third season at Kansas State ended with a 15–17 record (8–10 in Big 12 play). The school did not advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. The losing record was just the second for Weber in his 17 seasons as a head coach.

Professional players coached[edit]

Player NBA Draft Current/Last Pro Team
Deron Williams 3rd, Utah Jazz, 2005 NBA Draft Dallas Mavericks
Luther Head 24th, Houston Rockets, 2005 NBA Draft Liga Nacional de Baloncesto
Roger Powell Undrafted, 2005 Skyliners Frankfurt
James Augustine 41st, Orlando Magic, 2006 NBA Draft BC Khimki
Dee Brown 46th, Utah Jazz, 2006 NBA Draft PBC Lukoil Academic
Demetri McCamey Undrafted, 2011 Austin Spurs
Jereme Richmond Undrafted, 2011 Delaware 87ers
Meyers Leonard 11th, Portland Trailblazers, 2012 NBA Draft Portland Trailblazers
Brandon Paul Undrafted, 2013 Joventut Badalona
Kansas State
Jamar Samuels Undrafted, 2012 Bnei Herzliya
Rodney McGruder Undrafted, 2013 Sioux Falls Skyforce
Martavious Irving Undrafted, 2013 SPU Nitra
Jordan Henriquez Undrafted, 2013 Science City Jena

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Southern Illinois Salukis (Missouri Valley Conference) (1998–2003)
1998–99 Southern Illinois 15–12 10–8 T–5th
1999–00 Southern Illinois 20–13 12–6 3rd NIT Second Round
2000–01 Southern Illinois 16–14 10–8 T–4th
2001–02 Southern Illinois 28–8 14–4 T–1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002–03 Southern Illinois 24–7 16–2 1st NCAA First Round
Southern Illinois: 103–54 (.656) 62–28 (.689)
Illinois Fighting Illini (Big Ten Conference) (2003–2012)
2003–04 Illinois 26–7 13–3 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2004–05 Illinois 37–2 15–1 1st NCAA Runner–up
2005–06 Illinois 26–7 11–5 T–2nd NCAA Second Round
2006–07 Illinois 23–12 9–7 T–4th NCAA First Round
2007–08 Illinois 16–19 5–13 T–9th
2008–09 Illinois 24–10 11–7 T–2nd NCAA First Round
2009–10 Illinois 21–15 10–8 5th NIT Quarterfinals
2010–11 Illinois 20–14 9–9 T–4th NCAA Third Round
2011–12 Illinois 17–15 6–12 9th
Illinois: 210–101 (.675) 89–65 (.578)
Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12 Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 Kansas State 27–8 14–4 T–1st NCAA Round of 64
2013–14 Kansas State 20–13 10–8 5th NCAA Round of 64
2014–15 Kansas State 15–17 8–10 T–6th
2015–16 Kansas State 14–9 3–7
Kansas State: 76–47 (.618) 35–29 (.547)
Total: 389–198 (.663)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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


Weber was born in Milwaukee to Louis and Dawn Weber, growing up with two sisters and two brothers. Weber graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in education. Weber added a master's degree in education administration and physical education from Western Kentucky University in 1981.[1] He is married to Megan Weber, and has three daughters – Christy, Emily, and Hannah.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "KSU Weber biography". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Illinois Weber biography". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ [3] Chicago Sun-Times. Archived May 13, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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  7. ^ Kellis Robinett. "K-State upset 63-61 by La Salle". The Kansas City Star, March 22, 2013.
  8. ^ Kellis Robinett. "Adrian Diaz leaves Kansas State basketball". The Wichita Eagle, April 8, 2013.
  9. ^ Sports Illustrated, April 22, 2013.[dead link]
  10. ^ The Topeka Capital-Journal, April 1, 2013.[dead link]
  11. ^ Ken Corbitt. "K-State recruit Fincher fails to qualify". The Topeka Capital-Journal, June 6, 2013.
  12. ^ Kellis Robinett. "New York point guard Jevon Thomas to join Kansas State basketball next season". The Wichita Eagle, February 27, 2013.