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Tommy Amaker

 

The Thomas G. Stemberg 71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Mens Basketball

In the 10 seasons since taking over as head coach of Harvards mens basketball program, Tommy Amaker has reinvented the Crimson into an Ivy League power with a national presence. He has directed Harvard to a period of unprecedented prosperity in the form of four NCAA tournament appearances (2012-15), five Ivy League championships (2011-15) and six 20-win seasons (2010-15). Amaker is the all-time winningest coach with the Crimson, surpassing Frank Sullivan with a 74-66 win at Boston College Dec. 7, 2016.

Amaker was introduced as head coach by Nichols Family Director of Athletics Bob Scalise on April 13, 2007, following six seasons as head coach at Michigan and four at the helm of Seton Hall. Amaker owns a 369-244 career record: 193-105 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall. He has earned numerous Coach of the Year awards, including the 2013 Clarence “Big House” Gaines College Basketball Coach of the Year Award, presented to the top minority basketball coach in NCAA Division I. In 2012, he was presented with district coach of the year awards from both the United States Basketball Writers Association and National Association of Basketball Coaches, and was a candidate for the AP National Coach of the Year. He has also been named a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award five times (2011-15), and the Hugh Durham Award three times (2011, 2012, 2015).

With Amaker at the helm, Harvard student-athletes have garnered four All-America honors, 11 All-District distinctions and 29 all-conference accolades. Additionally, Keith Wright 12 (2012) and Wesley Saunders 15 (2014) have been named Ivy League Player of the Year, Steve Moundou-Missi 15 (2015) and Agunwa Okolie 16 (2016) have garnered defensive player of the year plaudits, with Kyle Casey 13-14 (2010), Siyani Chambers 16-17 (2013) and Bryce Aiken (2017) earning rookie of the year honors.

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Brian Eskildsen

 

Assistant Coach

Brian Eskildsen completed his third season as a member of head coach Tommy Amakers staff in 2016-17 after helping the Crimson to an Ivy League championship and trip to the NCAA tournament in 2014-15.

Harvard capped the 2016-17 season with an apperance in the inaugural Ivy League tournament. The Crimson – the 10th-youngest team according to KenPom rankings – finished 18-10 overall, including a 10-4 mark in Ancient Eight play.

Harvard saw two student-athletes receive all-conference accolades in 2015-16 highlighted by Agunwa Okolies selection as Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Okolie was also named All-Ivy League honorable mention with Zena Edosomwan receiving All-Ivy League second team honors. Despite losing eight letterwinners from the previous year the Crimson competed well on the national stage, reaching the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic with wins over BYU (85-82, OT) and Auburn (69-51) before falling to then No. 3 Oklahoma, 83-71. Harvard also found itself tied with then No. 4 Kansas with under 8:00 to play in Allen Fieldhouse, but ultimately fell to the Jayhawks, 75-69.

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Donny Guerinoni

 

Assistant Coach

Donny Guerinoni completed his second season as a member of Tommy Amakers coaching staff in 2016-17.

Harvard capped the 2016-17 season with an apperance in the inaugural Ivy League tournament. The Crimson – the 10th-youngest team according to KenPom rankings – finished 18-10 overall, including a 10-4 mark in Ancient Eight play.

Harvard saw two student-athletes receive all-conference accolades in 2015-16 highlighted by Agunwa Okolies selection as Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Okolie was also named All-Ivy League honorable mention with Zena Edosomwan receiving All-Ivy League second team honors. Despite losing eight letterwinners from the previous year the Crimson competed well on the national stage, reaching the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic with wins over BYU (85-82, OT) and Auburn (69-51) before falling to then No. 3 Oklahoma, 83-71. Harvard also found itself tied with then No. 4 Kansas with under 8:00 to play in Allen Fieldhouse, but ultimately fell to the Jayhawks, 75-69.

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Mike Sotsky

 

Assistant Coach

Mike Sotsky enters his second season as a member of Tommy Amakers coaching staff in 2017-18.

In his first year on staff with the Crimson, Harvard appeared in the inaugural Ivy League tournament. The Crimson – the 10th-youngest team according to KenPom rankings – finished 18-10 overall, including a 10-4 mark in Ancient Eight play.

Sotsky worked with Duke in 2015-16, serving as the programs staff assistant. With the Blue Devils, Sotsky helped with scouting, recruiting, day-to-day operations and team video needs.

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Casey Brinn

 

Director of Basketball Operations

Casey Brinn enters his second season as a member of Tommy Amakers coaching staff in 2017-18.

Brinn spent the 2015-16 season as the director of basketball operations at Rider University. Before arriving in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Brinn worked as a graduate assistant at Northwestern University, where he helped with travel accommodations, scouting report information, recruiting information and video management, among other duties, while overseeing the team managers. Brinn was also the assistant director of the Chris Collins Basketball Camp at Northwestern.

Early in his career, Brinn served as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Southern Maine and has worked in the ticket offices of both the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens.

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Luke Osberg

 

Director of Strength and Conditioning

Luke Osberg joined the Harvard strength and conditioning staff in August of 2014 and became an assistant coach in September 2015. He writes and implements programs for the mens basketball, womens soccer, field hockey, mens and womens crew, mens and womens fencing and mens and womens nordic skiing.

Prior to Harvard, Osberg was a teacher assistant at Bridgewater State University in 2014 and a head strength and conditioning coach at Middleboro High School from 2012-13.

A CSCCa, National Strength & Conditioning Association-CSCS and American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid certified coach, Osberg graduated from Springfield College in 2012. He earned his masters in physical education with a strength and conditioning concentration from Bridgewater State in 2015.

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