SUPERSTARS ANTONIO GATES AND VINCENT JACKSON JOIN CIT SELECTION
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.
Jack Bennett (Former head coach, Wisconsin-Stevens Point)
Bennett, the winningest coach in UWSP history with (200-56) led
the program to back-to-back Divsion III National Championships
in 2004 and 2005. In 33 years as a coach at the collegiate and
high school level, Bennett had just one losing season. In 2011
CollegeInsider.com established the Jack Bennett Award, which
will be presented annually to a non-Division I coach who best
exemplifies winning with integrity.
Dave Calloway (Former head coach, Monmouth University)
Calloway spent 14 seasons as the head coach at Monmouth leading
the program to three NCAA Tournaments (2001, 2004, 2006).
Calloway played for Monmouth before starting his coaching career
there as a graduate assistant in 1991.
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.
Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers and former Basketball star
at Kent State)
Gates, a six-time Pro Bowler, is one of the most highly
decorated tight ends in NFL history. Named to the NFL's
All-Decade Team (2000-09), Gates starred in basketball at Kent
State (2001-03) where he was an honorable mention AP All-America
as senior and led the Golden Flashes to the Elite 8 of the NCAA
Tournament and a school-best No. 12 finish in the ESPN/USA Today
Coaches poll. In 2003 the San Diego Chargers signed Gates as
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.
Brad Holland (Former head coach, University of San Diego)
In 13 seasons Holland compiled a record of 200-176. The two-time
WCC Coach of the Year, Holland led the Toreros to the NCAA
Tournament in 2003. The last player ever recruited by the
legendary John Wooden Holland helped UCLA to four Pac-10
Championships. The 14th overall selection by the Los Angeles
Lakers and a member of the 1980 NBA Championship team.
Vincent Jackson (San Diego Chargers and former Basketball
star at Northern Colorado)
Jackson, who still holds numerous football records at the
University of Northern Colorado, led the basketball team in
scoring (13.6) in his junior season. He also averaged 5.6
rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest. As a sophomore, he
averaged 10.6 points per game for the Bears. Jackson, who was
drafted in the second round (61st overall) by the San Diego
Chargers in 2006, didnít play basketball in his final season at
UNC to focus on a professional football career. Jackson was
named to his first Pro Bowl in 2010.
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.
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.
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.
TOURNAMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE: The following will serve
in a advisory capacity, helping consult on the organization and
execution of the tournament.
John Averett (Former collegiate and high school
Rick Boyages (Associate Commissioner, Big Ten
Don Harnum (Director of Athletics, Rider
Ed Grom (Commissioner, Great West Conference)
Arthur Hightower (Director of Player
Development, San Diego Chargers)
Ken Kavanagh (Director of Athletic, Florida
Gulf Coast University)
Gene Keady (Special Assistant, St. John's
Nolan Richardson (Former head coach, University
Gary Stewart (Head Coach, UC Davis and member of
the NABC board of directors)
Dee Stokes (Head Womenís Coach, Southeastern