Tom Izzo Heading into Basketball Hall of Fame
HOUSTON (WJBK) - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Monday that Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo has been selected for induction into the Hall of Fame.
Izzo, 61, has been leading the Spartans since 1995 and has won one National Championship in 2000. He's led the Spartans to seven Final Four appearances and seven Big Ten regular season titles. He also has won the Big Ten Tournament five times, including this past season, has been named AP Coach of the Year once and three times been named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Izzo was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan and played basketball at Northern Michigan University. He started his career in 1978 as head coach of Ishpeming High School for one season before heading back to his college alma mater in 1979 as an assistant. He stayed at Northern Michigan until 1983 when he became an assistant under Jud Heathcote until Heathcoate's retirement in 1995 and then Izzo took over the head coaching duties.
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