Men’s Basketball: Steve Pikiell


Men’s Basketball: Steve Pikiell

A father of four who has led the resurgence of Rutgers Basketball, both on and off the court, Steve Pikiell is in sixth season as head coach of the Scarlet Knights. Under Pikiell’s leadership, the team returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2021, making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 30 years (since 1991). The program also claimed its first NCAA Tournament victory in 38 years with a firstround win over Clemson. With 30 years of coaching experience, the Bristol, Connecticut native became the 19th head coach in the history of Rutgers men’s basketball and has been instrumental in turnarounds throughout his playing and coaching career.

Coaching Experience

2016-Present: Rutgers (Head Coach)
2005-16: Stony Brook (Head Coach)
2001-05: George Washington (Assistant Coach)
1997-01: Central Connecticut State (Assistant Coach)
1996: Wesleyan (Interim Head Coach)
1992-95: Yale (Assistant Coach)
1992: New Haven Skyhawks (Assistant Coach)
1991-92: Connecticut (Assistant Coach)

Coach of the Year Awards

2019: Jim Phelan Division I Coach of the Year
2016, 2013, 2012, 2010: American East Conference Coach of the Year
2019, 2013, 2010: Metropolitan Basketball Writers Coach of the Year
2012, 2009: American East Coach of the Year

Post-Season History

Infographic Showing all post season success by Steve Pikiell over his career.

Steve Pikiell being interviewed after a game

Steve Pikiell clapping pregame


Full Name: Stephen Christopher Pikiell
Birthdate: November 21, 1967
Hometown: Bristol, Conn.
Alma Matter: UConn, 1990 (Finance)
Wife: Kate
Children: Brooke, John Patrick, Olivia, Kevin