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Head Coach Tommy Amaker Honored by the Harvard Foundation

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's basketball head coach Tommy Amaker was honored by the Harvard Foundation Tuesday evening.

Amaker received the Harvard Foundation Leadership Award for Outstanding Leadership in Harvard Athletics and Excellence in Fostering Character, Integrity, and Intercultural Cooperation in College Athletics at a panel discussion titled "The African-American Athlete: Challenges in Today's Sports World."

During his six seasons in Cambridge, Amaker has helped lift the Harvard basketball program to new heights. Under his tutelage, the Crimson has won the first three men's basketball Ivy League titles in school history, earned the team's first postseason win ever, a 68-62 victory over No. 3 New Mexico in this year's NCAA tournament, and also achieved the first ranking in the national polls in program annals.

Amaker has accumulated a 288-205 career record, including a 112-66 mark at the helm of Harvard. His efforts this past season, leading the Crimson to a 20-10 overall mark, earned him the United States Basketball Writers Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches district coach of the year honors, as well as being tabbed a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award and the Hugh Durham Award for the second straight year. 

Men's basketball head coach Tommy Amaker receives his award from Dr. S. Allen Counter, the director of the Harvard foundation and Harvard neuroscience professor (Jay Connor photography).