Toledo, OH - Earlier today, University of Toledo Athletic Director Mike O'Brien announced the hiring of Tod Kowalczyk as the 18th head men's basketball coach in UT history.
"We are very pleased that Tod Kowalczyk has agreed to become the head men's basketball coach at the University of Toledo," Mike O'Brien told the media at a 3:00pm press conference. He continued, "Tod is a proven builder of basketball programs, both as a head coach at Wisconsin-Green Bay, and as an assistant coach at some very fine schools. Tod has all the qualities we are looking for in a basketball coach. He is a proven winner in an excellent basketball conference. He has a superb academic record, graduating every single player who completed his eligibility during his eight years at Green Bay. Above all, Tod is a terrific teacher and a leader of young men."
Tod Kowalczyk began his coaching career as an assistant coach at New Hampshire in 1989. He spent two seasons there, two seasons at St Anselm, four seasons at Rider, three seasons at Rutgers, and then two seasons at Marquette before getting his first head coaching gig. That job was at Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2002, and he's spent the last eight seasons there before becoming Toledo's head basketball coach today.
During his time at Wisconsin-Green Bay, Kowalczyk compiled a 136-112 record. The last two seasons his teams compiled 22-11 and 22-13 records respectively.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to coach at the University of Toledo and become a part of the greater Toledo community," Kowalczyk said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge of building a championship caliber program and making Rocket fans proud of our team. We will do it with hard work and integrity. Our student-athletes will represent our institution in a first class and positive manner."
Kowalczyk Named UT Head Coach
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