Steve Pikiell

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Steve Pikiell
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Rutgers
Conference Big Ten
Record 15–18
Biographical details
Born (1967-11-21) November 21, 1967 (age 49)
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 212–193 (.523)
Accomplishments and honors
America East regular season championship (2010, 2012, 2013, 2016)
America East tournament championship (2016)
4x America East Coach of the Year (2010, 2012, 2013, 2016)

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

Early years and playing career[edit]

Born and raised in Bristol, Connecticut, Pikiell was one of nine children and graduated from St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol in 1986.[2] At the University of Connecticut, Pikiell was a point guard, two-year captain and four-year letterwinner for the Huskies from 1987 to 1991.[3] He played in 106 career games and averaged 8.2 points a game as a freshman. While Pikiell was the team captain, Connecticut won its first Big East title and advanced to the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen. 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.[4] During 1995-96, Pikiell served as the interim head coach at Wesleyan University.[5] Then, his former coach and colleague Howie Dickenman became the head coach at Central Connecticut State 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 from 2001–05, where he was part of the Colonials 2004 NIT and 2005 NCAA Tournament squads.[6]

Stony Brook[edit]

On April 13, 2005, Pikiell replaced Nick Macarchuk as the 10th head coach in program history.[7] 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 his 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 an NIT bid but lost to Illinois. Pikiell guided the Seawolves to a 15–7 mark in 2010–11, making a run to the America East Championship game after an upset over top-seeded Vermont in the semifinals but lost Boston.

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 NCAA Tournament appearance.[8][9] His overall record at Stony Brook was 192–155 in 11 seasons.[5]


On March 19, 2016, Pikiell was announced as the next coach at Rutgers.[10][11]

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 15–18 3–15 14th
Rutgers: 15–18 (.455) 3–15 (.125)
Total: 212–193 (.523)

      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


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  6. ^ "10 things to know about new Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell". Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  7. ^ "10 things to know about new Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell". Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  8. ^ Breitman, Aaron (2016-08-05). "Steve Pikiell Is Right Leader For Rutgers". On the Banks. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  9. ^ "Steve Pikiell Introduced As Rutgers Basketball Coach". Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  10. ^ "Rutgers will hire Steve Pikiell as its new basketball coach". Retrieved 2016-03-21. 
  11. ^ "Steve Pikiell Hired as Head Coach of Rutgers". SNY. Retrieved 2016-10-21.