WALLACE TO CHAIR TOURNAMENT SELECTION COMMITTEE
(MA) -- The winningest coach in Hawaii history, Riley Wallace,
has been named chairman of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason
Tournament (CIT) selection committee.
“I am very pleased to be working with CollegeInsider.com,” said
Wallace. “I think speak for countless coaches when I say that
CollegeInsider.com has been a major asset to the game of college
basketball. This tournament was created to give deserving teams,
which would otherwise be overlooked, a chance to compete for a
postseason championship. “
The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament is a
single-elimination men’s Division I college basketball
tournament. The CIT consists of five rounds, with all five
rounds being played at on-campus sites. Those sites will be
determined through a seeding process.
Old Dominion defeated Bradley to win the inaugural tournament
last year, which included teams from 11 different conferences.
highlights of the tournament
75-foot buzzer beater,
believed to be the longest game winning shot in Division I
“Last year’s tournament was a major success,” said Wallace.
“Bradley’s 75-footer that beat Oakland will be the lasting
moment, but there were a lot of highlights. The goal now is to
make the 2010 tournament even better and we have already taken
some steps in that direction.”
One such step came last September with the announcement that the
Great West Conference would
receive an automatic bid
to the CIT. The winner of the conference tournament final, which
will be played on March 13, will be the first official entrant
to the 2010 CIT.
The seven basketball playing league members of the Great West
that will be vying for the bid are Chicago State, Houston
Baptist, Texas Pan-American, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah
Valley and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
“Giving the Great West an automatic is a great opportunity for
the players, coaches and fans for the programs in that
conference,” said Wallace. “They are now afforded the same
opportunity as teams from other small conferences. They can
participate in postseason play.”
Wallace will oversee the entire selection process, which
includes an expanded committee of former coaches and
administrators. Former DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright,
former UCLA head coach Jim Harrick and former Southern
University head coach Ben Jobe are among the new additions to
the 17-member selection committee. The process will culminate
with the announcement of the 16-team field on Sunday March 14,
which will follow the announcement of the 32-team field selected
to participate in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).
“The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament is a really good
thing for college basketball,” said Wallace. “As a former coach
I understand that the NIT selection committee has a difficult
task in that they have a limited number of invitations they can
extend. With so many deserving teams, the CIT provides the
opportunity for 16 teams to continue their seasons. I am excited
about the future of this tournament.”
Wallace spent most of his 20 seasons as a head coach at the
University of Hawaii, winning a school-best 334 games. During
his tenure the Rainbow Warriors advanced to the postseason nine
times (3 NCAA tournaments, 6 NIT appearances). Prior to his
arrival, the program had just one NCAA appearance and two trips
to the NIT in its’ history.
CollegeInsider.com, which has been in existence since 1996, has
established seven prestigious awards since its inception. The
Ben Jobe Award, Hugh Durham Award, Jim Phelan Award, Lefty
Driesell, Lou Henson, Lute Olson and Skip Prosser Award are
presented annually at the Final Four.
COLLEGEINSIDER.COM POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT SELECTION COMMITTEE
Riley Wallace (Former head coach, University of Hawaii)
* CHAIRMAN OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEE
Wallace put Hawaii on the college basketball map. Under his
guidance, the Rainbow Warriors went to the NCAA Tournament three
times. Nine of the school's 12 postseason appearances came
during Wallace's tenure, which included a school-record streak
of four from 2001-2004.
Alvin Brooks, Sr. (Former assistant coach, University of
Brooks has 27 years of college coaching experience and has been
affiliated with 17 postseason tournament teams as a coach and
player. He has tutored 17 players who went on to play in the
Lefty Driesell (Former head coach, University of Maryland)
Driesell finished his coaching career with an impressive record
of 786-394. He took four programs (Davidson, Georgia State,
James Madison and Maryland) to the NCAA Tournament and is the
only coach in history to win 100 games at four different
schools. He is known as the inventor of Midnight Madness and was
named the conference coach of the year in four different
Hugh Durham (Former head coach, University of Georgia,
When Durham retired in 2005, he ranked 8th among active Division
I coaches in career wins with 633 wins and was the 25th
winningest Division I coach in history. He is the only coach in
NCAA history to be the all-time winningest coach at three
different Division I schools and is one of just 11 coaches to
have led two different teams to the NCAA Final Four (Florida
State and Georgia).
Pat Flannery (Former head coach, Bucknell University)
Flannery led Bucknell to new heights. In 2004-05, the Bisons
finished the season with a 24-9 record, captured the Patriot
League championship and defeated Kansas in the opening round of
the NCAA Tournament. The following season, Bucknell won a school
record 27 wins and was ranked in the Top 25 for the first time
in school history.
Jim Harrick (Former head coach, UCLA, Georgia, Rhode Island)
Jim Harrick is owner of an overall career coaching record of
470-235 including 1 national championship, 3 Elite Eights, 4
Sweet Sixteens, 16 NCAA Tournaments appearances and 9 Conference
Lou Henson (Former head coach, University of Illinois, New
Mexico State University)
Upon his retirement in 2005, Henson was the sixth all-time
winningest coach in career wins with 779 and is the all-time
winningest at New Mexico State University with 289 wins. He is
one of only 11 coaches to take two different schools to the NCAA
Final Four (New Mexico State and Illinois.
Ben Jobe (Former head coach, Southern University)
In 12 years at Southern, Jobe compiled a 209-141 record, led the
Jaguars to the NCAA tournament four times, went to the National
Invitational Tournament (NIT) once, won five Southern
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, won 11
Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships, and won two NAIA
Jim Kerwin (Former head coach, Western Illinois University)
The 1998-99 Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year led
Western Illinois to three consecutive top-three regular-season
finishes and three consecutive Mid-Continent Conference
tournament title games (1995-97). Kerwin led Western Illinois to
its first 20-win season in 12 years. He began his career as an
assistant at the University of Oklahoma (1984-89), helping the
Sooners to six NCAA Tournaments.
Larry Little (Former head coach, University of Hawaii,
Little won 203 games in 14 seasons as a head coach at Hawaii and
Centenary College. He averaged 20 wins a season during his time
at Centenary. His 1974-75 team, which included future Basketball
Hall of Famer, Robert Parish, finished 25-4.
Kyle Macy (Former head coach, Morehead State University)
Macy coached Morehead State University for nine seasons, leading
the program to its most wins (20) in 19 seasons in 2003. A
three-time All-America selection, he became the first Kentucky
player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Player of the Year.
Steve Merfeld (Former head coach, University of Evansville,
In 10 seasons as a head coach he won 144 games and took Hampton
to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. In 2001 his #15 seed Hampton
squad claimed one of the great NCAA Tournament moments of
all-time, upsetting #2 seed Iowa State (58-57).
Jim Phelan (Former head coach, Mount Saint Mary's University)
Phelan coached for 49 seasons, all of them at Mount St. Mary's
University, and became just the fourth coach in NCAA history to
eclipse the 800-win plateau. During his career, his teams won
830 games. He is the all-time leader in games coached with 1,354
across all NCAA divisions.
Art Santo Domingo (President of Cable Car Classic)
Santo Domingo founded the Cable Car Classic in 1967 with Harry
Jupiter. The Cable Car Classic is the longest running holiday
tournament in the nation.
Jerry Wainwright (Former head coach, DePaul University)
With coaching stops at DePaul, Richmond, and UNC – Wilmington,
Wainwright has accumulated 245 Division I wins in his career as
well as five Colonial Athletic Conference regular season and
tournament titles and seven NCAA and NIT appearances.
Perry Watson (Former head coach, University of Detroit Mercy)
The second-winningest coach in Detroit Mercy history, Watson
posted nine consecutive winning seasons (1996-2004). His teams
claimed three regular-season conference titles and two NCAA
Tournament berths, posting wins over St. John's University
(1998) and UCLA (1999). The Titans' four consecutive 20-win
seasons (1998-2001) is a school record.
Rich Zvosec (Former head coach, University of Missouri-Kansas
Rich Zvosec, the author of the book "Birds, Dogs & Kangaroos:
Life on the Back Roads of College Basketball," created a
reputation as a coach that rebuilds programs. He is the all-time
winningest coach at UMKC and was named Mid-Continent Conference
Coach of the Year in 2005.