Big Mac - New to ISU

It's now 100% official that Greg McDermott is officially the new men's basketball coach at Iowa State. The hiring of McDermott was announced Tuesday evening at Hilton Coliseum in front of the Iowa State Spirit Squad, Cyclone Alley and hundreds of die-hard Cyclone fans.

The press conference started off by an introduction from athletic director Jamie Pollard, and then McDermott came from the parquet down through Cyclone Alley to the podium.

 

"Hilton Magic will return, it's just around the corner," said McDermott.

 

McDermott comes to Iowa State from UNI where he has spent the past five seasons coaching at Northern Iowa and according to Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard; he's extremely excited to be a Cyclone

 

"I wanted someone who had a sincere passion to be the next coach, someone who was committed to bringing back Hilton Magic," said Pollard of McDermott.

 

McDermott said the he is happy to be able to coach in the Big 12 right in his home state.

 

"I'm one of you. I'm a farm by from Cascade, Iowa. Iowa State has the greatest fans in the country," said McDermott.

 

McDermott talked about how hard it was leaving UNI, but in the end he knows that he's made the right decision.

 

"I left a special place to be here. Iowa State is special enough that I could leave home," said McDermott.

 

McDermott, in his first public appearance as Iowa State's coach, kept the press conference very light as he cracked numerous jokes throughout the evening.

 

"I had three brothers graduate from here. I can't make fun of them anymore," said McDermott.

 

McDermott also commented on the style of basketball that Cyclone fans should get used to seeing in Ames.

 

"Next year's Cyclone team is going to defend. It's all about the team next year," said McDermott.

 

McDermott won't be making the trip to Ames alone. He announced on Tuesday night that two of his top assistants at UNI, Jeff Rutter and Ron Smith would be joining him in Ames. Rutter will be an assistant coach while Smith will be the new director of basketball operations.

 

McDermott was signed to a six year contract with a base salary of $650,000 per year with incentives.

 

McDermott's Coaching Experience
Assistant Coach, North Dakota, 1989-94
Head Coach, Wayne State, 1994-2000
Head Coach, North Dakota State, 2000-01
Head Coach, Northern Iowa, 2001-06

Playing Experience
Cascade HS, Cascade, Iowa, 1980-83
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1983-88

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Northern Iowa, 1988

Personal
Born Nov. 25, 1964
Wife: Theresa
Children: Nick (16), Doug (14), Sydney (5)
NCAA Tournament Appearances (10)
NCAA Division I (3): Northern Iowa - 2004, 2005, 2006
NCAA Division II (7): North Dakota (assistant coach) - 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994; Wayne State - 1999, 2000

 

 


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