Steve Pikiell

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Steve Pikiell
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Rutgers
Conference Big Ten
Record 0–0
Biographical details
Born (1967-11-21) November 21, 1967 (age 48)
Bristol, Connecticut
Playing career
1987–1991 Connecticut
Position(s) Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–1992 Connecticut (asst.)
1992 New Haven Skyhawks (asst.)
1993–1995 Yale (asst.)
1995–1996 Wesleyan
1997–2001 Central Connecticut (asst.)
2001–2005 George Washington (asst.)
2005–2016 Stony Brook
2016–present Rutgers
Head coaching record
Overall 197–175 (.530)
Accomplishments and honors
America East regular season championship (2010, 2012, 2013, 2016)
America East tournament championship (2016)
America East Coach of the Year (2016)

Stephen C. Pikiell (born November 21, 1967) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at Rutgers University.[1] He is the former coach at at the Stony Brook.

Early years and playing career[edit]

A 1990 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Pikiell was a point guard, two-year captain and four-year letterwinner for the Huskies from 1987-91. UConn won its first Big East title and advanced to the "Elite Eight" and "Sweet 16" during the two years that Pikiell captained the Huskies. He played in 106 career games and averaged 8.2 points a game as a freshman. In 1991, Pikiell was given the UConn Club Senior Athlete Award for outstanding contributions to UConn athletics.


After graduation, Pikiell stayed on as an assistant to the UConn staff before moving on to Yale University, as an assistant coach from 1992-95. During 1995-96, Pikiell served as the interim head coach at Wesleyan University. Then, his former coach and colleague Howie Dickenman became the head coach at Central Connecticut State University and hired Pikiell as an assistant coach, where he stayed from 1997–2001, with the Blue Devils reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2000. Pikiell joined fellow UConn alum Karl Hobbs as an assistant at George Washington University from 2001–05, where he was part of the Colonials 2003-04 NIT and 2004-05 NCAA squads.

Stony Brook[edit]

On April 13, 2005, Pikiell replaced Nick Macarchuk as the 10th head coach in program history. At the time, Pikiell became the first Connecticut alum who played for Calhoun to coach a Division I program.

Taking over a program that transitioned to Division I in 1999, Stony Brook endured three-straight losing seasons in Pikiell's first three years. In 2008-09 season, the Seawolves went 16-14 for its first winning season in Division I. The following year in 2009-10, Stony Brook earned their first regular season championship with a 22-10, 13-3 record, ending with a semifinal loss in the tournament. By virtue of winning the regular season, Stony Brook earned a NIT bid, hosting Illinois. Pikiell guided the Seawolves to a 15-17 mark in 2010-11, making a run to the America East Championship game after an upset over top-seeded Vermont in the semifinals. They were defeated in the America East Championship game by Boston University.

From 2011 to 2016, Stony Brook won three America East regular season titles, while winning the conference tournament for the first time in school history in 2016 en route to the Seawolves' first NCAA Tournament appearance. In that span, Stony Brook went 117-47, while appearing in two NIT and two CBI tournaments in addition to the NCAAs.


On March 19, 2016, Pikiell was announced as the next coach at Rutgers.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wesleyan (NESCAC) (1995–1996)
1995–96 Wesleyan 5–18 N/A N/A
Wesleyan: 5–18 (.217) N/A

Interim head coach

Stony Brook (America East) (2005–2016)
2005–06 Stony Brook 4–24 2–14 9th
2006–07 Stony Brook 9–20 4–12 9th
2007–08 Stony Brook 7–23 3–13 8th
2008–09 Stony Brook 16–14 8–8 5th
2009–10 Stony Brook 22–10 13–3 1st NIT First Round
2010–11 Stony Brook 15–17 8–8 5th
2011–12 Stony Brook 22–10 14–2 1st NIT First Round
2012–13 Stony Brook 25–8 14–2 1st NIT Second Round
2013–14 Stony Brook 23–11 13–3 2nd CBI First Round
2014–15 Stony Brook 23–12 12–4 T–2nd CBI First Round
2015–16 Stony Brook 26–7 14–2 1st NCAA First Round
Stony Brook: 192–157 (.550) 109–71 (.606)
Rutgers (Big Ten) (2016–present)
2016–17 Rutgers 0–0
Total: 197–174 (.531)

      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