CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tommy Amaker and Harvard University are working on a multi-year extension of his appointment as head basketball coach for the Crimson.
“There have been some flattering reports of opportunities at other fine institutions but my heart is at Harvard,” said Amaker, speaking via phone from the Final Four in Indianapolis.
In three years, Amaker has guided Harvard to record-setting numbers in virtually every category including victories (21) as well as the program’s first postseason bid since 1946 with a berth to the CIT field. For his effort, Amaker was named a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award, presented annually to the top minority coach in Division I college basketball.
Among the other notable accomplishments from this year’s Harvard team, the Crimson set program records for non-conference wins (11), home wins (11) and road/neutral wins (10).
Harvard recorded its best record to start a season in school history by going 14-3. The Crimson also had its best home record to start a season in 23 years by going 7-0 with wins over William & Mary, Rice and George Washington. Amaker’s Crimson got to 10 wins faster than any Harvard team following its 92-71 win at Seattle on Jan. 2. That game followed Harvard’s highest-ever ranking in the RPI (21st) and two days later, the Crimson defeated Santa Clara, 74-66, leading to the Crimson’s first ever sweep of a West Coast series. All told, Harvard defeated teams from 10 different conferences – another school record.
Harvard has stopped numerous streaks and gained several “firsts” under Tommy Amaker, including:
-Program’s most victories (21).
-Program’s most road wins (10).
-Program’s best start in school history (14-3). Its previous best start was 25 years ago when going 8-0 to start the 1984-85 season.
-Program’s first postseason berth since 1945-46.
-Program’s best conference start (3-0) since 1990-91.
-Program’s best home record to start a season in 23 years (7-0) since going 7-0 at Lavietes Pavilion to start the 1986-87 season. The last time Harvard started at least 8-0 was back in 1937-38 when the team went 10-0 at home in a 13-5 season. The 1930-31 team also had a good home start, winning its first nine.
-Program’s most home victories in modern era (11).
-Program’s most nonleague victories (11), surpassing a mark of nine wins established in 1957-58.
-Program’s fastest time to 10 victories (Jan. 2) in a season.
-Modern-day record for consecutive home wins with 10 spanning from the 2008-09 season to 2009-10, including a program record nine straight wins against Division I teams.
-Program’s highest-ever ranking in the RPI (collegerpi) at No. 21 on January 1, 2010.
-The most conference affiliations defeated in school history (10).
-Program’s first ever sweep of a West Coast series (at Seattle, at Santa Clara), coming in 2009-10.
-Program’s first ever sweep of a road series west of the state of New York (at Seattle, at Santa Clara)
-Program’s first 20-point Ivy League road win since 1999 (74-45 win at Columbia on Jan. 29, 2010).
-Program’s first win over a nationally-ranked team with an 82-70 win at No. 17 Boston College in 2008-09.
-Program’s first win over a BCS program with a 62-51 win over Michigan in 2007-08.
-Wins in three-straight seasons over teams from BCS conferences (Michigan in 2007-08, BC in 2008-09 and 2009-10).
-Program’s first win over a team from the Atlantic-10 since 1980-81 (UMass) with a victory over George Washington in 2009-10.
-Program’s first Top 25 recruiting class by ESPN in 2008-09.
-Program’s first win at Penn since 1989-90 season with a win at The Palestra in 2008-09.
-Program’s first season sweep of Penn since 1942.
-Program’s first wins in consecutive seasons at Penn since 1990-91.
-Program’s first wins at Yale in consecutive season since 1995-97.
-Program’s first weekend road sweep since 1999-2000 with a sweep at Yale and Brown.
-Program’s first road sweep of Yale and Brown since 1998-99.
-Program’s first season combined sweep of Yale and Brown since 1998-99.
-Most Ivy season sweeps since 1996-97, with five (Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Penn and Yale).
-Program’s first wins over Penn in three consecutive season since 1988-88.
-Program’s first win at Yale since 1998-99 season with a win at the Lee Amphitheater in 2008-09.
-Ivy League-best seven road victories in 2008-09.
-Program’s first weekend sweep of Penn-Princeton since 1986-87 - and third-ever- in 2007-08.
-Program record for 20+-point victories in a season with nine in 2009-10. The last time Harvard had that many blowout victories came back in 1945-46.