Hoosiers name Sampson head coach
Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) – Indiana officially named Kelvin Sampson
the new head coach of the men’s basketball team on Wednesday.
Sampson joins the Hoosiers after serving as head coach at Oklahoma the last 12
years. He replaces Mike Davis, who announced his resignation earlier in the
season but stayed with the program through the end of the campaign.
“Indiana is one of those special places where you say ‘basketball’, and
Indiana is an automatic word association,” said Sampson. “Every coach sees it
as a great basketball state with tremendous high school coaches and players,
and we will do our best to keep those players in the state.”
Sampson compiled a 279-109 record with the Sooners, who advanced to the
postseason every season since he arrived for the 1994-95 campaign and have
reached the NCAA Tournament 11 times. His tenure in Norman was highlighted by
a run to the Final Four in 2002, which ended with a loss to Davis’ Indiana
squad in the national semifinals.
“The trademarks of Coach Sampson’s teams are that they are hard-nosed,
disciplined and unselfish,” IU Athletics Director Rick Greenspan said. “Off
the court, he maintains a strong presence in the coaches governing body,
international basketball, and most importantly, the community. This
combination makes him an excellent fit as our coach.”
A North Carolina native, Sampson guided the Sooners to nine consecutive 20-win
seasons and has the highest winning percentage (.719) in school history.
Sampson led Oklahoma to three straight Big 12 Tournament championships
(2001-03) and the Sooners played in the title game five times in the last
The two-time national coach of the year has a career record of 455-257 in 23
years with Oklahoma, Washington State and Montana Tech.
“Our new coach is the right man to maintain and build upon IU’s long and
storied traditions. IU basketball is an elite program that plays by the rules
and graduates its student athletes,” IU President Dr. Adam Herbert said.
“There is no question that wins and losses are very important to members of
the Hoosier family. Equally important to us are high academic expectations and
the core character values of the university. I am convinced that our new coach
understands fully and is determined to meet Indiana University’s high overall
Davis resigned from Indiana in February, but stayed on until the conclusion of
the season — his sixth in Bloomington. Davis felt his shaky job status put
unneeded pressure on his players and the Hoosiers responded with a strong
finish that ended with a second-round loss to Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament.
The Indiana job was handed to Davis after Bob Knight was fired on September