Michigan State head Basketball coach Tom Izzo has recently been named the Big Ten’s Coach of the Decade. As first reported by MLive.com.
Native of Iron Mountain, Michigan, (in the Upper Peninsula), Izzo was chosen for the honors over former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, former Michigan coach John Beilein, former Ohio State coach Thad Matta, and current Purdue coach Matt Painter.
“I’m greatly humbled and appreciative because I know how many good coaches there are,” Izzo said to the BTN Network. “There hasn’t been many of them that have been around as long as I have… It makes me feel good, makes me feel like I’ve had a lot of good players. I think I helped some of them. I think a lot of them helped me.”
During the decade, MSU has been the model of consistency for college basketball in the Big Ten Conference.
Throughout the 2010s, Izzo’s Spartan teams have won 27 games in eight of the ten years, along with making the NCAA Tournament each season.
Michigan State has also won four Big Ten regular season and tournament championships and made the Final Four in 2010, 2015, and 2019.
Izzo also was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2016.