Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons men's basketball

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Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons
2018–19 Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons men's basketball team
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UniversityPurdue University Fort Wayne
First season1973
Head coachJon Coffman (4th season)
ConferenceSummit League
LocationFort Wayne, Indiana
ArenaHilliard Gates Sports Center
(Capacity: 2,700)
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (Capacity:13,000, select games)
Student sectionTBD
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]
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Home jersey
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Away jersey
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Team colours

NCAA Tournament appearances
*at Division II level
Conference regular season champions

The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons men's basketball team represents the newly created Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) and formerly represented the now defunct Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Purdue Fort Wayne has competed in the Summit League since the 2007–08 season. The team has never played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The Mastodons are coached by Jon Coffman and play their home games at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.[2]


The Mastodons' first season was 1973–74. Two-time All-American and conference player of the year Sean Gibson (1993) is the current all-time leading rebounder and Hall of Fame member. In 2013, Frank Gaines passed Gibson to be the Mastodons all time leading scorer. Their first season in Division I was 2001–02. In 2007, the Mastadons joined The Summit League. Before joining NCAA Division I athletics, IPFW competed in NCAA Division II's Great Lakes Valley Conference.

In 2014, IPFW reach their first Summit League Tournament championship before losing to North Dakota State.

Beginning in 2016, the school rebranded itself from IPFW to Fort Wayne to build a stronger tie to the Fort Wayne community.[3] The transition only affected the athletic department's branding efforts. The university's IPFW academic brand remained unchanged.

On November 22, 2016, the Mastodons defeated the then No. 3-ranked Indiana Hoosiers 71–68 in overtime in front of 11,076 in attendance at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.[4] This defeat of Indiana was the Mastodons first victory over a AP Top 25 ranked team in program history.[5]

Conference affiliation[edit]

Years Conference Seasons
2007–08 to Present The Summit League 9
2001–02 to 2006–07 NCAA D-I Independent 6
1984–85 to 2000–01 Great Lakes Valley Conference 17
1981–82 to 1983–84 NCAA D-II Independent 3
1973–74 to 1980–81 NCAA D-III Independent 8


NCAA Division II Tournament results[edit]

The Mastodons have appeared in one NCAA Division II Tournament. Their record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1993 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Wayne State
Southern Indiana
L 72–78
L 93–95

NIT results[edit]

The Mastodons have appeared in one National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Their record is 0–1

Year Round Opponent Result
2016 First round San Diego State L 55–79

CIT results[edit]

The Mastodons have appeared in four CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournaments (CIT). Their combined record is 2–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
2014 First Round
Second Round
W 97–91
L 95–106
2015 First Round Evansville L 77–82
2017 First Round
Ball State
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
W 88–80
L 62–78
2018 First Round Central Michigan L 89–94

Division I season records[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Doug Noll (Independent) (2001–2006)
2001–02 Doug Noll 7–21
2002–03 Doug Noll 9–21
2003–04 Doug Noll 3–25
2004–05 Doug Noll (3–13)
Joe Pechota (4–9)
Doug Noll: 40–119 (.252)
Dane Fife (Independent) (2005–2006)
2005–06 Dane Fife 10–18
Dane Fife (United Basketball Conference) (2006–2007)
2006–07 Dane Fife 12–17 6–4 3rd
Dane Fife (The Summit League) (2007–2011)
2007–08 Dane Fife 13–18 9–9 5th
2008–09 Dane Fife 13–17 8–10 5th
2009–10 Dane Fife 16–15 9–9 5th
2010–11 Dane Fife 18–12 11–7 4th
Dane Fife: 82–97 (.458)
Tony Jasick (The Summit League) (2011–2014)
2011–12 Tony Jasick 11–19 5–13 T–8th
2012–13 Tony Jasick 16–17 7–9 5th
2013–14 Tony Jasick 25–11 10–4 T–2nd CIT Second Round
Tony Jasick: 52–47 (.525)
Jon Coffman (The Summit League) (2014–present)
2014–15 Jon Coffman 16–15 9–7 T-4th CIT First Round
2015–16 Jon Coffman 24–10 12–4 T-1st NIT First Round
2016–17 Jon Coffman 20–13 8–8 T-4th CIT Second Round
2017–18 Jon Coffman 18–15 7–7 CIT First Round
Jon Coffman: 60–38 (.612)
Total: 220–271

      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



  1. ^ Purdue University Fort Wayne Brand Quick Guide (PDF). June 7, 2018. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  2. ^ IPFW Mastodons athletic facilities http://www.gomastodons.com/sports/2014/7/17/GEN_0717142321.aspx?tab=facilities. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Introducing the Fort Wayne Mastodons". Fort Wayne. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  4. ^ Geary, Molly. "Fort Wayne upsets No. 3 Indiana in stunner". SI.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  5. ^ "Indiana falls to Fort Wayne: Takeaways from Mastodons' epic upset of No. 3 Hoosiers". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  6. ^ "IPFW Mastodons Index | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  7. ^ "Fort Wayne Mastodons Athletics – Men's Basketball Media Resource". www.gomastodons.com. Retrieved 2017-07-12.

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