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emphis assistant Derek Kellogg will be named the next coach at Massachusetts on Wednesday, a UMass source told ESPN.com.
Kellogg played at UMass from 1991-95 and was an all-Atlantic 10 player under John Calipari, in the years the program was nationally ranked.
Kellogg has been an assistant under Calipari at Memphis the last eight years. Previously, he spent one season as an assistant at Youngstown State and two more at George Mason.
Kellogg, 34, will replace Travis Ford, who left the program last week to become coach at Oklahoma State.
UMass is expected to make Kellogg's announcement official at a news conference Wednesday evening.
During Kellogg's four years as a player at UMass, the Minutemen won four consecutive A-10 regular season and conference tournament titles.
MHERST - In the hope of building on the men's basketball program's recent success, the University of Massachusetts is hiring a coach who helped produce a winning team in Amherst as a player during the 1990s.
UMass will announce the hiring of former Minuteman point guard Derek Kellogg as the new head coach at a press conference scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Curry Hicks Cage.
Kellogg, 34, graduated in 1991 from Cathedral High School in Springfield and in 1995 from UMass.
He was part of four Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament championships in his four years as a Minuteman, and has been an assistant at Memphis under former UMass coach John Calipari for the past eight years.
Kellogg will succeed Travis Ford, who was hired by Oklahoma State last week after three seasons at UMass.
UMass announced Tuesday that it would introduce its new head coach today. While athletic director John McCutcheon declined to say who had been hired until the press conference, several other sources confirmed it is Kellogg.
McCutcheon did say he is happy with the result of the search.
"I couldn't be more excited about the candidate we've chosen," McCutcheon said.
Phone calls to Kellogg's cell phone were not answered.
At least symbolically, the hiring represents a reconnection between the program and the Calipari era. After Calipari left following the 1995-96 season to become the head coach of the New Jersey Nets, UMass hired Bruiser Flint, his top assistant.
Flint was forced to resign following the 2000-01 season, and UMass hired back-to-back coaches with no Calipari connections in Steve Lappas and Ford.
During the coaching search in 2005, UMass interviewed Tony Barbee, a UMass alumnus and former player and assistant coach under Calipari, but instead hired Ford, citing Barbee's lack of head coaching experience.
Coming off back-to-back top-four finishes in the Atlantic 10 Conference and consecutive trips to the National Invitation Tournament, McCutcheon said last week that he preferred someone with head-coaching experience, but added that he would consider an assistant "if they have things in their makeup that make them a very strong candidate."
Kellogg has been widely lauded for his ability to recruit at Memphis, which has annually had top-10 recruiting classes while he has been an assistant.
Two highly regarded players - Derrick Rose, the freshman who helped lead the Tigers to the NCAA championship game this season, and Tyreke Evans, the No. 1 high school player in the country who announced last week he is Memphis bound - were recruited extensively by Kellogg.
After graduating from UMass in 1995, Kellogg worked outside of basketball for a year before joining Flint's staff as a graduate assistant for the 1996-97 season.
Kellogg then spent two years on Jim Larranaga's staff at George Mason before joining former UMass assistant coach John Robic for one season at Youngstown State.
Kellogg has been at Memphis since 2000-01.
Kellogg's coaching staff is not yet complete, but one noteworthy assistant is already on board, as former Pepperdine head coach Vance Walberg will be part of his staff.
Not only will that give Kellogg an aide who has run a program before, but Walberg's offensive innovations are legendary in coaching circles.
Working as a junior college coach, Walberg invented the "dribble-drive motion" offense, an up-tempo system that differs from a standard motion offense because it does not use screening.
This year the Boston Celtics, Memphis and St. Anthony's High School in Jersey City, N.J., which was ranked as USA Today's No. 1 high school team, all used variations of Walberg's system, which takes advantage of quick and athletic guards.
Kellogg will have those guards right away as he inherits a UMass team that finished 25-11 in the Atlantic 10 and returns its starting backcourt of Chris Lowe and Ricky Harris.
Matt Vautour can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more UMass coverage, including a UMass sports blog, go to www.dailyhampshiregazette.com/umsports.
MHERST - At the University of Massachusetts men's basketball banquet April 10, University of Massachusetts athletic director John McCutcheon said the aggressive new contract the school had offered coach Travis Ford was a signal that UMass was "going for it," making a serious commitment to be nationally relevant again.
In hiring Derek Kellogg to replace Ford, who didn't stay to honor that contract, McCutcheon showed that commitment didn't depart with Ford.
Hiring anyone without head coaching experience is a gamble, one McCutcheon previously has admitted a reluctance to take.
But Kellogg, who'll be introduced as the Minutemen's new head coach today at a 6 p.m. press conference/rally at Curry Hicks Cage, is different.
In addition to being well regarded in coaching circles as a coach and a recruiter, he has an intimate understanding of this job.
UMass was a job for the last two basketball coaches, a step in their respective careers. That's not a slight to either Steve Lappas or Ford, but before they got to Amherst, neither had any particular reason to care about UMass' fortunes. Kellogg does.
Kellogg will represent a direct link to UMass' glory days under coach John Calipari. He was a freshman reserve on the 1991-92 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 30 years. For the next three years he was the steady starter at point guard, including two seasons as captain.
Few who saw Kellogg then will be surprised that he's coaching now. With stars around all around him, Kellogg was hardly the face of those teams, but he was clearly a leader.
He'll be the face and the leader now. Many of the fans - and perhaps more importantly donors - who were active during the program's zenith in the 1990s but lost interest in recent years, might be more inclined to get involved again.
While Ford's teams were successful, they never generated the statewide fan support to keep the Mullins Center full or nearly full.
Kellogg, a native of Springfield and product of Cathedral High School, could also increase support from Hampden County, which has waned in recent years as well.
But more importantly, Kellogg's local ties make him less likely to flirt with every bigger conference job that opens, another trait that should allay the concerns of some fans who felt burned by Ford's quick departure.
None of that will matter if Kellogg's teams don't win.
But UMass has plenty of reasons to believe he will. Rivals.com listed Kellogg, 34, as of the top 25 recruiting assistants in college basketball and listed him at No. 7 on its annual list of assistant coaches ready for a head coaching job.
Making his transition easier will be the presence of Vance Walberg, the first assistant coach added to Kellogg's staff. Walberg, 52, who was formerly the head coach at Pepperdine, not only gives Kellogg an experienced older voice, but he actually invented the "dribble-drive motion" offense. Kellogg will run a version of that offense.
Trying to replicate what Calipari does hasn't been easy for his assistant coaches. Calipari's ability to drive both his players on the court and his program around it is legendary.
None of his former assistants have come close to matching their boss' success at UMass and Memphis. But of all of them, Kellogg might be the most similarly to Calipari.
Kellogg will have an early honeymoon from a fan base that will be eager to embrace him. With some key players returning that look likely to fit well into Kellogg's system, he could have a chance to be successful quickly.
Eventually Kellogg will be measured against the success he helped create in Amherst during the 1990s. If UMass has a chance to approach that level again, Kellogg seems as likely as anyone to lead them there.
Matt Vautour can be reached at email@example.com. For more UMass coverage, including a UMass sports blog, go to www.dailyhampshiregazette.com/umsports.
he homecoming will be spectacular and nostalgic. Don't be surprised if John Calipari is there. Don't be surprised if Bruiser Flint is there. They are the coaches who recruited and nurtured Derek Kellogg at the University of Massachusetts, where he arrived as the hotshot from Springfield 17 years ago.
For UMass and Kellogg, the circle is complete, and he will have a job that he has coveted for several years. The official announcement that he has been hired as coach will come today at 6 p.m., and for an added bit of history, the press conference will be at Curry Hicks Cage, where Kellogg began his career as a point guard at UMass before the team moved to the Mullins Center.
A week after Travis Ford bolted Amherst for richer fields at Oklahoma State, UMass, seeking to establish itself as a power in New England if not nationally, is going back to one of its own.
"It's about time," said Flint, who coached Kellogg at UMass after Calipari departed for the NBA and is now running things at Drexel. "Maybe they'll get the crowds back."
For Kellogg, 34, the return to Amherst ends an eight-year apprenticeship at Memphis, where he sat next to Calipari as the Tigers got better and better, progress that culminated with this year's run to the NCAA championship game, an overtime loss to Kansas.
Kellogg's return was not a slam dunk, but in the eyes of many, it was a layup. UMass athletic director John McCutcheon conducted a weeklong search, and Kellogg went quickly to the top of the list. Although he did not have the head coaching experience McCutcheon said he preferred, he had the UMass pedigree - a connection to the past.
The Minutemen made a Final Four appearance in 1996, Calipari's final year. Although that season was tarnished by NCAA violations that led to an official vacating of the Minutemen's Final Four spot, the excitement at the Mullins Center lingered.
The crowds - and the victories that drew them - eroded over the past several years during the coaching tenures of Flint, Steve Lappas, and Ford.
The Minutemen faithful received a jolt when Ford, whose fast-paced style produced a 25-11 record and an appearance in the NIT final this past season, took off for Oklahoma State a few days after turning down Providence.
After meeting with Kellogg last Friday in Pittsburgh and bringing him back to Amherst Monday, McCutcheon finalized the deal.
"It was about 90 percent done on Monday," said a source familiar with the negotiations, "but they just had to wait on the thing with McKillop to get it done."
The "thing with McKillop" was a last-minute call to Davidson coach Bobby McKillop yesterday morning to see if he could be enticed to say yes to UMass after saying no to Stanford, Rice, and Providence in the past few weeks. McKillop turned it down.
For Kellogg, the point guard on four Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament champions, the point man for the steady flow of talent into Memphis the past eight years, the kid who came down I-91 in Springfield, the homecoming becomes official today.
Mass will introduce former point guard and current Memphis assistant Derek Kellogg as the program’s 21st men’s basketball coach today at a press conference scheduled for 6 p.m. at Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst.
Kellogg will replace Travis Ford, who coached the Minutemen for three seasons before taking the Oklahoma State job last week.
UMass athletic director John McCutcheon needed to find a men’s basketball coach who could mend some festering hard feelings and be an easy sell on campus.
Kellogg’s UMass pedigree and long association with former Minutemen and current Memphis coach John Calipari made him a comfortable replacement for Ford.
“This will go a long way in healing any hard feelings,” a source told the Herald. “(Kellogg) will easily be the new face of the program in the community.”
Kellogg played for Calipari from 1991-95, starting his last three seasons at point guard, and was twice elected captain. The Minutemen won A-10 titles and made the NCAA tournament each of his four seasons, reaching the East Regional final in 1995. He is seventh all-time in made 3-point field goals (138) and fourth in assists (453).
he University of Memphis coaching staff, pillaged once last week when Chuck Martin was named head coach at Marist, lost another assistant Tuesday when Derek Kellogg landed the top job at Massachusetts.
But John Calipari didn't mind. In fact, he was ecstatic to learn Kellogg would return to his alma mater and the program that launched Calipari's coaching career.
"As excited as I am, those people are going nuts," said Calipari, who coached UMass from 1988 to 1996. "You get a chance to coach at your alma mater, come on. I'm happy for him."
With Martin and Kellogg both gone, the Tigers' coaching staff will look much different in 2008-09. In addition to two assistants, Calipari will have to hire a new director of basketball operations, as Tyrone Weeks joined Martin's staff at Marist. It's also possible Kellogg "may take some guys with him" from the current Memphis staff, Calipari said, giving him even more positions to fill.
One of the assistant positions is likely to be filled by 17-year NBA veteran Rod Strickland, who has been the Tigers' director of student-athlete development the past two seasons. Though he doesn't have any recruiting experience, Strickland is well-known and grew up in New York, where Memphis made significant inroads the past two years thanks to Martin.
"(Strickland) was on the road last week and he's in New York this week, so we put him out there and he's done a great job," Calipari said. "He's got a great way about him with people. Everybody likes him. Everybody wants to help him. He's got a great eye for players. Now I need to surround him with a little more experience, but we can do that easily."
The other assistant position will likely be filled by a veteran recruiter. One name that could emerge is Oregon assistant Kenny Payne. A native of Laurel, Miss., Payne played on Louisville's 1986 NCAA championship team with Milt Wagner and has another common friend with Calipari in basketball powerbroker William Wesley.
Through that connection, Payne has brought several elite prospects to Oregon from Detroit, another metropolitan area Memphis covets.
Vance Walberg, who developed the dribble-drive motion offense Memphis employs, is a logical candidate to land on either Memphis' or UMass' staff in some capacity after resigning as Pepperdine's head coach in January.
Calipari is likely to have a large pool of candidates to choose from. He said his phone has been going crazy the past few days with coaches inquiring about all the staff openings.
"You go to Memphis as a player and you can become a pro. You go to Memphis as an assistant, you become a head coach," Calipari said. "My first thing is going to be trying to find if we have someone within our family of coaches."
That family is getting larger and larger now that three recent Memphis assistants have gotten head coaching jobs, including UTEP coach Tony Barbee.
Kellogg, 34, was a very popular player at UMass and grew up in nearby Springfield. He replaces Travis Ford, who left for Oklahoma State last week. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday but will be introduced at a 5 p.m. press conference today.
MHERST, Mass. - UMass has brought one of its own home to run the men's basketball program.
Former Minuteman point guard and Springfield native Derek Kellogg has been named the 21st head coach in University of Massachusetts men's basketball history, it was announced by Director of Athletics John McCutcheon on Wednesday evening. The 1995 UMass graduate returns to his alma mater for his first head coaching job after serving as an assistant coach for 12 years, the last eight at the University of Memphis under former UMass head coach John Calipari. The energetic and hard-working Kellogg is largely credited for recruiting many of the Tigers which helped Memphis reach the NCAA Championship game this past season and eight straight 20-win seasons and eight consecutive postseason berths.
"We couldn't be more excited to have Derek Kellogg return to UMass as our head basketball coach," said McCutcheon. "His proven track record as one of the country's top recruiters, the coaching experience he has gained and his deep passion and love of UMass make him a perfect fit for this position."
As a four-year letterwinner at Massachusetts from 1992-95, Kellogg played on four Atlantic 10 Conference regular season and tournament championship teams. The Minutemen were just the second team in NCAA history to win four-straight outright season and tournament championships. During his four-year career at UMass under Calipari, the Minutemen were 111-24, including 51-11 in the Atlantic 10, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each year, including the Elite Eight in 1995. Kellogg was named the team's captain as both a junior and senior. He was named a 1995 Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection and was a three-time All-Atlantic 10 Academic honoree. On UMass' career lists, he is fifth in assists (453), seventh in all-time three-pointers (138), as well as seventh in three-point percentage (38.1). Kellogg played his high school basketball at Springfield Cathedral where he was a two-time Massachusetts All-State player and McDonald's honorable mention All-American.
Kellogg recently finished his eighth year on the Memphis staff under Calipari where he brought his "coach on the floor" mentality at UMass to the sidelines, and it has paid huge dividends for the Tiger program. In Kellogg's eight seasons in Memphis, he has helped lead the Tigers to eight-straight 20-win seasons and eight-consecutive postseason berths (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 NCAA; 2001, 2002, 2005 NIT). Prior to this recent run, the last time Memphis had eight-straight 20-win seasons was from 1982-89. This current stretch of eight-consecutive postseasons is a first for the Tiger basketball program, breaking the previous mark of six-straight postseason tournaments from 1988-93.
This past season, Kellogg was an integral part of another magical Tiger campaign, which continued through the 2008 NCAA Tournament championship game. The NCAA Final Four appearance was the Tigers' first since 1985, and the NCAA title contest was the program's first since 1973. Memphis set an NCAA single-season record for victories with 38 wins (38-2 mark) and held down the No. 1 spot in both national polls for five-straight weeks during the season. The Tigers finished 2007-08 ranked No. 2 in both national polls, the highest final ranking in school history. Memphis also won a school-record 26-straight games, and swept the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles for a third-consecutive season.
The Tigers won 30 games for a third-straight year in 2007-08, becoming the second school in NCAA Division I history to accomplish the feat. Kentucky was the first to do so from 1947-49 and 1996-98. UCLA joined the elite group later in 2007-08. From 2005-06 to 2007-08, Memphis won 104 games (104-10 record) and tied the 1996-98 Kentucky squads for the most victories in a three-year period in NCAA Division I history.
In 2006-07, Kellogg helped lead Memphis to another record-setting campaign. The Tigers won 33 games for a second-straight season (33-4 record) and captured their second-consecutive Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. The back-to-back outright regular season crowns were a first for the Memphis program, and the consecutive tournament championships were the Tigers first since they won two-straight Metro Conference Tournaments in 1984 and 1985. Memphis advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for a second-straight year (2006, 2007), marking the first time in school history that happened.
The 2006-07 Tigers also pulled a first in Conference USA history. Memphis posted a perfect 16-0 regular season mark and captured the league's postseason tournament. The Tigers were the second squad in C-USA history to go 16-0 in the regular season as Cincinnati did so in 1999-2000. That Bearcat team, though, did not win the Conference USA Tournament title. The Tigers received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finished in the top 10 in both national polls (No. 5/AP; No. 7/ESPN-USA Today).
Kellogg also played an integral role in the Tigers' 2005-06 remarkable season. Memphis posted a 33-4 record and won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. The conference regular season crown was the Tigers' second in three years. The 2005-06 Memphis squad earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1992. The Tigers finished the season ranked in the top 10 of both national polls (No. 4/AP; No. 6/ESPN-USA Today). Those final rankings were the highest in Memphis basketball history.
From when Kellogg joined the Memphis staff in 2000-01, the Tigers won the 2002 National Invitation Tournament championship, claimed a share of the 2004 Conference USA regular season crown and took home the 2002 and 2003 C-USA National Division titles. The Tigers have posted 219 overall victories (27.3 wins per year) and 101 conference wins (12.6 league victories per year) in his eight seasons. The eight years prior to that span, the Tigers had 140 total wins and 66 conference victories.
In addition to the 2006, 2007 and 2008 final national rankings, the Tigers also finished the 2003 (No. 19) and 2004 (No. 24) seasons ranked in the final Associated Press poll. Prior to the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, the last time Memphis was ranked in the final polls in consecutive years was the 1984-85 and 1985-86 campaigns.
Kellogg was an off-campus recruiter for the Tigers, and also assisted in scouting opponents. His hard work -- especially on the recruiting trail -- gained him national recognition. In the summer of 2007, Rivals.com listed Kellogg (No. 7 spot) as one of the nation's 10 assistants "ready to move up." A year earlier in 2006, the same web site named Kellogg as one of the nation's top 25 recruiters, and HoopScoop magazine tabbed him as one of the nation's top assistant coaches.
Prior to joining Calipari's staff, Kellogg spent one season at Youngstown State. In his lone year at Youngstown State, Kellogg was a member of a coaching staff led by former UMass assistant John Robic that re-energized a community about Penguin basketball. Youngstown State finished fourth in the Mid-Continent Conference regular season standings, but were in first place in the league before losing their top scorer, Elmer Brown, with seven games left in the regular season. Youngstown State signed a freshman class which included three top-100 recruits during Kellogg's tenure.
Kellogg joined the Youngstown State staff after two seasons at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he worked for Jim Larranaga. The Patriots posted a 19-11 record during the 1998-99 season, captured both the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season and tournament championships and earned an automatic bid to the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
Kellogg began his coaching career at his alma mater. He was a graduate assistant and part-time radio broadcaster at UMass for the 1996-97 season. Kellogg also played a season with the Connecticut Skyhawks in the United States Basketball League in 1995.
Kellogg, 34 (born June 20, 1973), is a 1995 graduate of Massachusetts with a degree in Real Estate/Finance. In May of 2005, he married Nicole Flory, who graduated from UMass in 1997. The couple is expecting their first child in May 2008. Kellogg's parents George and Ruth Kellogg currently reside in Belchertown, Mass.
The Derek Kellogg File
|1991-92||Massachusetts||Player||30-5||.857||13-3||.813||A-10 Champs (R/T); NCAA Sweet 16|
|1992-93||Massachusetts||Player||24-7||.774||11-3||.786||A-10 Champs (R/T); NCAA Second Round|
|1993-94||Massachusetts||Player||28-7||.800||14-2||.875||A-10 Champs (R/T); NCAA Second Round|
|1994-95||Massachusetts||Player||29-5||.853||13-3||.813||A-10 Champs (R/T); NCAA Elite Eight|
|1996-97||Massachusetts||Grad. Assistant||19-14||.576||11-5||.688||NCAA First Round|
|1997-98||George Mason||Assistant Coach||9-18||.333||6-10||.375|
|1998-99||George Mason||Assistant Coach||19-11||.633||13-3||.813||CAA Champs (R/T); NCAA First Round|
|1999-2000||Youngstown State||Assistant Coach||12-16||.429||9-7||.563|
|2000-01||Memphis||Assistant Coach||21-15||.583||10-6||.625||NIT Final Four|
|2001-02||Memphis||Assistant Coach||27-9||.750||12-4||.750||C-USA Nat'l Div. Champ; NIT Championship|
|2002-03||Memphis||Assistant Coach||23-7||.767||13-3||.813||C-USA Nat'l Div. Champ; NCAA First Round|
|2003-04||Memphis||Assistant Coach||22-8||.733||12-4||.750||C-USA Champ (R); NCAA Second Round|
|2004-05||Memphis||Assistant Coach||22-16||.579||9-7||.563||NIT Final Four|
|2005-06||Memphis||Assistant Coach||33-4||.892||13-1||.929||C-USA Champ (R/T); NCAA Elite Eight|
|2006-07||Memphis||Assistant Coach||33-4||.892||16-0||1.000||C-USA Champ (R/T); NCAA Elite Eight|
|2007-08||Memphis||Assistant Coach||38-2||.950||16-0||1.000||C-USA Champ (R/T)/NCAA Title Game|
|Overall Totals (16 Years)||389-148||.724||191-61||.758||Nine Conference Titles/10 NCAA Appearances|
|As A Player At UMass (4 Years)||111-24||.822||51-11||.823||Four Conference Titles/Four NCAA Appearances|
|As An Assistant Coach (12 Years)||278-124||.692||140-50||.737||Five Conference Titles/Six NCAA Appearances|
|As GA At UMass (1 Year)||19-14||.576||11-5||.688||One NCAA Appearance|
|As Asst.At G. Mason (2 Years)||28-29||.491||19-13||.593||One Conference Title/One NCAA Appearance|
|As Asst.At Youngstown (1 Year)||12-16||.429||9-7||.563|
|As Asst.At Memphis (8 Years)||219-65||.771||101-25||.802||Four Conference Titles/Five NCAA Appearances|
|BORN:||June 20, 1973 in Springfield, Mass. (34 Years Old)|
|HIGH SCHOOL:||Springfield Cathedral `91, Springfield, Mass.|
|COLLEGE:||University of Massachusetts `95 (B.A., College of Arts Sciences, Real Estate Management/Finance)|
|FAMILY:||Wife, Nicole Flory, graduated UMass `97 (B.A., School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Communication)|
Expecting first child in May 2008
Parents, George and Ruth Kellogg
|COACHING EXPERIENCE:||1996-97: University of Massachusetts (Graduate Assistant)|
1997-99: George Mason University (Assistant Coach)
1999-2000: Youngstown State University (Assistant Coach)
2000-2008: University of Memphis (Assistant Coach)
|PLAYING EXPERIENCE:||1991-95: University of Massachusetts|
1995: Connecticut Skyhawks (United States Basketball League)
|PLAYING HONORS:||1995 Atlantic 10 Third Team All-Conference|
1995 Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team
1993, 1994, 1995 Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team
|PLAYING RECORDS:||Fifth in career assists (453)|
Seventh in career 3-point field goals (138)
Seventh in career 3-point field goal percentage (.381)
Ninth in career 3-point field goals attempts (362)
Tied for Sixth in single-season free throw percentage (.825) in 1994-95
Eighth in single-season 3-point field goal percentage (.404) in 1994-95
11th in single-season assists (162) in 1992-93
Most assists by a sophomore (162) in 1992-93
"The hiring of Derek Kellogg was an outstanding choice. I'm glad UMass decided to bring a member of its family back home. I know he'll do an outstanding job and he'll make the people in the valley proud."
-- Bruiser Flint, Current Head Coach at Drexel/Former UMass Head Coach (1996-2001)
"I am very excited for UMass and Derek Kellogg. I think this is a great hire and a great fit. Derek will continue with the excitement and energy which picked up during the run to the NIT Finals. I know Derek will do a great job and take UMass to new heights. I wish nothing but the best to him and the UMass program."
-- Travis Ford, Current Head Coach at Oklahoma State/Former UMass Head Coach (2005-08)
"I couldn't be happier for Derek and his family. As a proud UMass alum and former teammate of Derek's, I couldn't imagine anyone being a better fit for the job. No one will work harder or smarter than he will. Derek shares the fans' great passion and pride for UMass basketball. He will have the Minutemen battling for conference titles and postseason tournament appearances."
-- Tony Barbee, Current Head Coach at Texas El Paso/Kellogg's former UMass teammate & Memphis assistant
"Derek Kellogg will be a fabulous head coach. His greatest assets are his enthusiasm and passion for the game of basketball and working with players. He is a tireless recruiter and someone who relates well to both young athletes and to parents and administrators. I loved working with him and know he will do a great job at UMass."
-- Jim Larranaga, Current George Mason Coach/Hired Kellogg for his first full-time coaching job in 1997
"I think Massachusetts made a good decision to bring back one of its own. Derek Kellogg has a great love and passion for UMass. He has a great work ethic and he learned a lot at Memphis under former Minuteman coach John Calipari."
-- Dick Vitale, ESPN/ABC
"Derek has proven during his time at Memphis that he is ready for this challenge. UMass needed a UMass man for this phase of the program and got the right one."
-- Andy Katz, ESPN
"I have known Derek's father George since we played basketball in high school together and I have known Derek since he was a child. Derek is known for a hard work ethic and great basketball mind. This hire by UMass highlights the talent in the Pioneer Valley."
-- Richard Neal, Massachusetts State Congressman
John McCutcheon opening statement:
"Thank you everyone for coming out this evening for this very special event. We couldn't be more excited about where we are with UMass basketball. It's been quite a ride here at UMass over the past three weeks, but where we are right now is what it's all about, where we go from here is even more important. I do want to briefly thank Chancellor Cole and my committee for their support and their effort over this past week, and my staff as well. But in particular, I want to identify Tim Kenney, my associate athletic director, who has been with me every step of the way through this process, without his help and support we wouldn't be here tonight. But tonight, we turn the spotlight on a very special young man. He's been a part of UMass basketball history and now he's going to be part of UMass basketball future. He's been associated with one of the most outstanding programs in the country for the past several years. He got a little guidance from a guy we know a little bit about, can't recall his name, but he's also very special. He's got a reputation as one of the country's most outstanding recruiters, but above all this, his passion and love for the University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts and the UMass basketball team are unequal. Ladies and gentlemen, it's my extreme pleasure to present to you the next head coach of the UMass men's basketball team, Derek Kellogg."
Derek Kellogg opening statement:
"First of all, I am delighted and honored to be standing in front of you all today as the head coach of the University of Massachusetts Minutemen. I worked my whole coaching career to someday be standing here in front of you as the head coach of my alma mater. I remember the first day on campus, I believe it was 1991, walking and enjoying being around the other students and just seeing the vibrance of the place. I said to myself, if it doesn't work out in the NBA, I could see myself coming back and someday being the head coach here. This is my dream job. I would like to thank and acknowledge some people for giving me the opportunity of having the confidence in me to be standing here at this podium in front of you this evening. President Jack Wilson, Chancellor Thomas Cole, Athletic Director John McCutcheon, Associate Athletic Director Tim Kenney, and all the members of the advisory committee, I thank you. I would like to make a special acknowledgement to a dear friend and mentor who can't be here today, Coach Jack Leaman. I know his wife and daughter, Rita and Laurie, are in the crowd and I want to say thank you. To the students and fans, we're thanking them from the bottom of my heart, but this is your team. I'm just here as a support role, this is your team. We need your support. We need all the fans, students, and people in the area to come out and support this team. We've got a great group of young men. I met with them this afternoon and I would be proud to have them in my home as part of my family. But they want the Mullins Center to be rocking again. They don't want an empty seat in that house and we need the students and the fans to come out and support these guys. I've talked about it with these players and that the fans will come out and support and do what they need to do. That's worth two or three more wins per year and you know what that means, we'll be in the NCAA Tournament. I want to send a special thank you out to my wife Nicole, who has been with me thick and thin in the coaching profession. She's been by my side, but she can not be here today. She's in Memphis two weeks away from giving birth to our first son, Max. And in the sonogram they said it looked like he could he really shoot free throws and has a 40-inch vertical. I know you're watching and I love you. I want to say hello to my parents, George and Ruth who are here today. They've guided me through not only my coaching career, but my life. And all the family and friends who are in the crowd, I see a lot of familiar faces out there and we appreciate your support. I want to send a special thanks to Ellen Calipari and Erin. But I want to send a whole hearted thank you to not only my college coach, a friend, father figure, mentor, and now a colleague, John Calipari. I was fortunate enough to work with him for the last eight years and he groomed for this day, this position, and to take UMass basketball to the next level of where we can take it. It's been a great time in my life to leave him and to come out on my own is bittersweet and I whole heartedly want to thank him for what he's done for me and my family.
Now let's get on to where the program is here today. Travis did a great job of building this program and getting it to the level to where it is right now. We have to applaud him and be thankful for what he's done. WE were able to observe from a distance and watch him many times on TV. We had the old UMass staff, whether it's the huge victory in the NIT, the game at Syracuse, and there was the game at Vanderbilt and the game at Fordham, where we weren't feeling too good after the games. But we rooted like we were here and I want to thank Travis for building a program, as an alum, and also for the easy transition in getting to know the players and making it as easy as possible for me to come in here and become the head coach.
Now my vision for the program and where we're going to go. The one thing I'm not going to do is promise anything. I'm not going to promise wins or loses, but what I will tell you, is that we are going to be the hardest working, most fun, most passionate, most energetic team in the country. We're going to play a style that the fans are going to want to come to watch and enjoy, that the people in the state and the community and area are going to come and feel the energy and passion in the air. I have a track record as a player and a coach as a winner. Here at UMass, playing in this building for a year and a half and also at the beautiful Mullins Center, we went to four straight NCAA tournaments. Coaching for Coach Calipari at Memphis, we have 11 NCAA tournament wins as a staff. We were ten seconds away from being National Championships. So I think I believe what it has to build a program and to take this program to the next level, which is to get to the NCAA Tournament. WE want to create a love affair with the student body, with the faculty, the people in the community. We want to reach out to the people of western Massachusetts and from that point, we want to go state wide and from their nation wide. We're going to do that with great yond men like we already have in the program. We're going to recruit and continue to get players like themselves and we're going to win. We're going to win. Not to be nostalgic, but there is no better feeling than walking through the tunnel at Mullins and having ten thousand people screaming, the band playing, the cheerleaders flipping, the t-shirts going into the crowd. How many people were a part of that? And for those of you that were, and for those of you that weren't, I want everybody in this room and everybody across the state and in the area to feel what I felt as a player. Thank you."
Coach Kellogg on the staffing situation:
"Well will tell you this much, we could really use a staff right now. What we're looking for are coaches who that are going to be confident in their abilities and that aren't afraid to make suggestions. We're going to try to get the best team members as staff that we can get. We haven't made any decisions yet, but there will be people over the next week or so that we will contact and possibly interview and get to know a little bit better."
Coach Kellogg on the events of the last few weeks:
"It still feels very surreal, going from your first ever coaching experience in the Final Four and looking back in the crowd getting the thumbs up like you're going to be the National Champions to having the opportunity to interview at a special place in your heart, like the University of Massachusetts. It has been just an unbelievable ride. I met with John McCutcheon and Tim Kenney and we had a great meeting and from that point on I was just waiting for the great news. When it came, there were no real negotiations, no I'll wait and see, but when can I come."
Coach Kellogg on tracking the Travis Ford situation:
"You could say that. I was actually very happy with the way the program was going with Travis as a head coach, as being an alumnus and being from the area with friends and family all around. I think it's great for the area that the program is doing so well. I was always looking forward for the opportunity and it just seemed to work out perfectly that things were going so well for my in my career at Memphis and things were going so well here that, to me, thank goodness, John McCutcheon was a match made in heaven."
MHERST - Derek Kellogg didn't do anything to dampen expectations about the future of the University of Massachusetts men's basketball program when he addressed fans and media at the press conference and pep rally Wednesday introducing him as the Minutemen's 21st head coach.
To the delight of the fans, cheerleaders and pep band that nearly filled one side of the Curry Hicks Cage, the former UMass point guard from Springfield talked about returning to the NCAA Tournament and bringing back the challenging, powerhouse-laden nonconference schedule that he faced during his playing career from 1991 to 1995.
'UMass is a great job in a great league. We have the potential here to compete nationally,' said Kellogg. 'We want to make NCAA Tournaments. We want to compete for Atlantic 10 championships.
'You can do all those things at UMass,' he added. '... Eventually at some point we'd like to play the best teams in the country and then get in the Atlantic 10 conference and try to make a run.'
Kellogg, 34, and UMass have agreed in principle to a six-year contract which will be made final in the coming weeks. His salary has not been announced.
This is Kellogg's first head-coaching job, but he said it's the one he always hoped to get.
'I remember my first day on campus. I said to myself if it doesn't work out in the NBA, I can see myself coming back here and someday being the head coach here,' Kellogg said, pausing to look at the crowd. 'This is my dream job.'
The line had its desired effect as the fans roared their approval.
The rookie coach worked the crowd like a veteran speaker, subtly reminding the fans of his familiarity with the program's tradition. He praised not only John Calipari - for whom he played in Amherst and coached under at Memphis - but also beloved legendary former UMass coach Jack Leaman.
Kellogg even borrowed a famous line from Calipari's introductory press conference.
'We want to create a love affair with the student body, with the faculty and the people in the community,' Kellogg said. 'We want to reach out to people in western Massachusetts, then statewide and from there nationwide.'
Kellogg also praised Travis Ford, whose departure to Oklahoma State last week after three years at UMass created the vacancy.
While some fans felt jilted by Ford, Kellogg said he left the program in good shape.
'Travis did a great job building this program and getting it to where it is right now. We have to applaud him for what he's done,' said Kellogg, who said he was rooting for Ford's Minutemen from afar. 'We were able to observe from a distance watching a lot of games on TV. We had the old UMass staff watching ... We rooted like we were here.'
Kellogg said he's talked with Ford at length about the program and the players he inherits.
'I thank Travis for building the program and helping me make the transition as easy as possible,' Kellogg said.
In addition to his parents George and Ruth, who live in Belchertown, many relatives and old friends, including Kevin Kennedy, his high school coach at Cathedral, were in the crowd.
After one year as a graduate assistant at UMass, Kellogg was an assistant at George Mason for two years and at Youngstown State for one season before joining Calipari's staff at Memphis in 2000.
Calipari did not return phone messages, but released a statement praising Kellogg.
'I recruited Derek to play at UMass, coached him there and had him as assistant here in Memphis the last eight years, so this is also a proud moment for me to see Derek get a chance to run his own program,' Calipari said.
'The bottom line is that Derek is a winner and knows how to build a winning program,' Calipari added. 'He was a winner during his playing days at UMass. He was a winner as an assistant at all his collegiate stops. I'm confident he will do the same at UMass as the head coach.'
Kellogg admitted that matching Calipari's accomplishments at UMass would be difficult. Calipari led the Minutemen to five NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the 1996 Final Four.
But Kellogg said that would not dissuade him from attempting to reach those goals.
'What Coach Cal did in the 1990s, that would be tough to replicate at North Carolina, UCLA, Kentucky or Duke. So yeah it's difficult, but that's what you strive for,' Kellogg said. 'You strive to do the best you can and make NCAA Tournaments. When you make the NCAA Tournament, anything can happen. You can make a run and get hot.'
UMass athletic director John McCutcheon had expressed a preference for someone who had been a head coach, but said that Kellogg's other positive attributes outweighed his lack of experience.
'He's a great candidate and he's ready for this,' McCutcheon said. 'He hasn't sat in the No. 1 chair, but I think he's had the preparation to make him ready for that step ... We asked him questions on how he'd approach this and he had every answer we could hope to get.'
Kellogg said he is anxious to get started with spring practice.
'When I really get them in the gym and work with them I'll have a better idea of what everybody's strengths and weaknesses are,' Kellogg said. 'We'll get some guys in at three o'clock' Thursday.
Matt Vautour can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more UMass coverage, including a UMass sports blog, go to www.dailyhampshiregazette.com/umsports.
MHERST - Derek Kellogg, who played on four Atlantic 10 championship teams at Massachusetts in the 1990s, was formally introduced as his alma mater’s head coach yesterday.
Kellogg, who was an assistant coach at Memphis for the last eight years, attended a news conference and pep rally, and was greeted by several hundred fans.
Kellogg replaced Travis Ford, hired at Oklahoma State this month after three years at UMass that featured two NIT appearances.
Athletic director John McCutcheon said Kellogg would receive a six-year contract but terms have not been finalized.
Kellogg, a native of Springfield, played at UMass under John Calipari, the current Memphis coach. The Tigers lost to Kansas in the NCAA championship game.
Kellogg said being UMass’ coach “is my dream job.”
“I remember the first day on campus walking around enjoying being around the other students,” he said. “I said if it doesn’t work out in the NBA I can see myself coming back and someday being the head coach here.”
In four seasons as a player and 12 as an assistant, Kellogg has only been part of two teams with losing records.
“I have a track record as a player and a coach as a winner. Here at UMass we went to four NCAA tournaments. Under John Calipari at Memphis we have 11 NCAA tournament wins. We were 10 seconds away from being national champions,” Kellogg said. “I believe I have what it takes to take this program to the next level, which is to get to the NCAA tournament.”
Kellogg, who graduated in 1995, was the team captain as a junior and senior and earned all-conference and academic honors. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UMass, then became a full-time assistant at George Mason for two seasons in 1997. He also was an assistant at Youngstown State for one year.
Sophomore guard Ricky Harris, the Minutemen’s top returning scorer next season, said the players are relieved to have a coach again.
“We know who our coach is so our minds are at ease,” Harris said. “Coach Derek was at Memphis and we see them on TV all the time. They play a freewheeling style like we’re used to. So we’re going to continue to have fun and do whatever he says.”
MHERST - When he first hit the floor at Curry Hicks Cage in 1991, Derek Kellogg was a little-regarded freshman from Springfield, playing for a University of Massachusetts team that hadn't been to the NCAA Tournament in three decades.
Sixteen and a half years later, Kellogg returned to the Cage last night as head coach of the Minutemen, hoping to return the program to the glory days he helped to launch.
"This is my dream job," said the 34-year-old Kellogg at a pep rally/press conference that introduced him as the program's 21st head coach. "We want to create a love affair with the student body, with the faculty, with people in the community."
The words echoed those offered by John Calipari almost 20 years ago to the day. On April 25, 1988, the Minutemen introduced Calipari, a former Pittsburgh assistant, as head coach of a program that had been mired in 10 straight losing seasons. Rather preposterously, Calipari promised to "create a love affair" with the fan base.
Then he proceeded to do it. In Calipari's fourth season, he brought in Kellogg from nearby Springfield, where a local radio personality opined that the UMass coach should be fired for wasting a scholarship on such a marginal player. Kellogg, after all, was offered only one other Division 1 full ride, and that at Fairfield.
Kellogg wound up being an incredibly steady point guard for the exacting Calipari. In all four of his seasons (three as a starter, two as a captain), UMass made it to the NCAA Tournament. UMass teams were 111-24 over his four years.
In time, Kellogg would rejoin Calipari, becoming his assistant for the past eight seasons at Memphis. There he earned a reputation as an outstanding recruiter, helping to piece together the team that made it to the NCAA championship game this year, before falling to Kansas in overtime.
Kellogg had high praise for Calipari, someone he described as "not only my college coach, [but] a friend, father figure, mentor, and now a colleague."
Not wanting to steal any of Kellogg's thunder, Calipari did not attend the festivities, but he expressed delight in the UMass hire. "The bottom line is that Derek is a winner and knows how to build a winning program," said Calipari. "He was a winner during his playing days at UMass. He was a winner as an assistant at all his collegiate stops. I'm confident he will do the same at UMass as the head coach."
Kellogg replaces Travis Ford, who coached the Minutemen for three years, before leaving to take the Oklahoma State position last week. Ford upgraded the program, taking the Minutemen to the National Invitation Tournament the last two seasons. This year, they made it to the title game before falling to Ohio State and finishing the season 25-11.
UMass has not been back to the NCAA Tournament since 1998. Kellogg set a return engagement as an immediate goal. "We're going to be the hardest-working, most fun, most passionate, most energetic team in the country," he pledged.
The returning UMass players, who had seemed stunned by Ford's abrupt departure, reacted with a cautious excitement at the turn of events.
"We've all been lost," said shooting guard Ricky Harris. "We've been staying together as a team, but we didn't have that older leader to turn to. Now that Coach Kellogg is here, we all feel safe."
Point guard Chris Lowe, who had grown very close to Ford, said he was impressed by Kellogg's pedigree as a former UMass point guard who had coached the likes of Dajuan Wagner and Derrick Rose at Memphis. "He's coached a bunch of pros," said Lowe. "I'm looking forward to playing for him."
Athletic director John McCutcheon said Kellogg's deal is for six years, though exact terms have not yet been finalized.
The coming days promise to be busy for Kellogg. He has yet to name a staff, though he is rumored to be considering Vance Walberg, former head coach at Pepperdine, who designed the "dribble-drive-motion" offense Memphis employed with great success this season.
Kellogg also has his work cut out on the home front. His wife, Nicole, also a UMass grad, is two weeks from her due date with the couple's first child, a son named Max.
"The sonogram shows that he can really shoot free throws," said Kellogg. "He's got a 40-inch vertical, and long range from three."