Golden Grizzlies make postseason for fifth straight year.
The two will depart school at the conclusion of finals next week.
The nation's leading 3-point shooter earns the honor for the second straight year.
The Golden Grizzlies are making their fifth consecutive postseason appearance.
March 10, 2013
Oakland basketball head coach Greg Kampe was on Drive in the Morning with Jack Ebling to discuss OU's move to the Horizon League.
Head Coach Greg Kampe talks with Frank Beckmann on WJR about Oakland moving into the Horizon League.
Coach Kampe and Neal Ruhl look back over the 2012-13 season for the men's basketball team.
Coach Kampe talks briefly about the game, the tournament ahead, and our two seniors take the mic for some last words at the O'rena.
Coach Kampe, Travis Bader, and Ryan Bass talk about their team's victory over Morehead State.
The men's basketball team finished the regular season against Fort Wayne on Senior Night at the Athletics Center O'rena
The Oakland men's basketball team looked for its fourth straight win against North Dakota State inside the O'rena.
Oakland head coach Grag Kampe earned his 500th career win at home on Saturday during homecoming.
Oakland vs. Alabama - AP Photos (1/5/13)
Oakland opened up their home league schedule against Omaha on Thursday night inside the Athletics Center O'rena.
After 29 seasons at the helm, Greg Kampe has led the Golden Grizzlies to five consecutive postseason appearances and three NCAA tournaments (2005, '10, '11). Kampe became the fifth Division I active coach to win 500 games at one school and is No. 22 among active D-I coaches for victories. He has led OU to six Summit League titles in 14 seasons of competition and ranks third all-time in league victories with 147.
In January 2012, Kampe became part of the 25th Hall of Honor Class as he was inducted into the Hollie L. Lepley Hall of Honor. He was selected as one of the top 20 Mid-Major coaches in the country by Athlon Sports in the summer 2012.
After leading the basketball program to the top of Division II in the 90s, OU has become an elite program amongst Division I Mid-Majors, finishing inside the Mid-Major Top 10 in two of the last four seasons.
"We have a quality program that turns out talented student-athletes," Kampe said. "We try to do things the right way with good people who receive a good education and then go out into the world and have success after basketball. That's what our mission is."
A five-time Summit League Coach of the Year (2000, `03, `06, `10, `11) and National Coach of the Year (2000) by CollegeInsider.com, Kampe's tenure ranks fourth amongst active D-I coaches, trailing only Syracuse's Jim Boeheim's 37 seasons for the Orange.
During a stretch from 2009-11, Oakland boasted the nation's best conference record at 34-2. The Golden Grizzlies are 70-18 over their last 88 games versus Summit League opponents.
DIVISION I SUCCESS
Instead, the Pioneers changed to the Golden Grizzlies and OU spent the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons in transition. Then the unexpected happened, Coach Kampe led the newly Golden Grizzlies to the Mid-Continent Conference regular-season title in their first year of competition at 11-5. OU was not eligible for the Mid-Con Tournament that season.
In 2004-05, the Golden Grizzlies finished a sub-par season at 9-19 and 7-9 in league to finish in seventh place. As the No. 7 seed, Oakland upset No. 2 seed UMKC (67-63) and defeated Chicago State (56-53) before matching up with top-seeded Oral Roberts (25-7) in the championship game. Then Pierre Dukes made the shot heard round the world as time expired and sent Oakland to its first-ever Division I NCAA tournament with a 61-60 victory over the Golden Eagles. OU went on to defeat Alabama A&M (79-69) in the play-in game of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio, and then fell to eventual national champion North Carolina (96-68) in Charlotte, N.C.
The conference may have changed its name in 2007 to The Summit League, but that did not derail Coach Kampe and OU's success. The Grizzlies have appeared in Summit League title games in 4 of 6 seasons, capturing their most recent titles in 2010 and '11 in dominating fashion with six double-digit wins at the tournament and posted a 34-2 regular-season league record.
His teams have posted back-to-back league record 17-1 marks to set records in wins and winning percentage (.944) from 2009-11. Oakland won a program-best 26 games in 2009-10 and followed that up with a 25-10 mark in 2010-11. The Golden Grizzlies picked up their first-ever top 10 win at No. 7 Tennessee (89-82) on Dec. 14, 2010, catching headlines across the country.
OU suffered heartbreak in two games in 2008-09. After player of the year Ben Woodside lifted the Bison over Oakland (66-64) on a last-second 20-foot jumper with three seconds left in The Summit League championship game, the Golden Grizzlies were invited to the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. OU defeated Kent State (80-74) at home in the opening round, but tasted defeat at the hands of another buzzer beater, this time from 75 feet as Bradley escaped with a 76-75 win in Peoria, Ill. OU finished the year 23-13.
The Grizzlies posted a 19-14 record in 2006-07 and once again suffered heartbreak in the league tournament title game. ORU exacted some revenge as the top two seeds battled in the championship game, this time with OU's Erik Kangas missing an attempt at winning the game with seconds remaining from three, eventually falling 71-67.
After a disappointing 17-14 regular season where the Grizzlies finished third in the standings, OU surrendered an 11-point lead with just over 1 minute remaining in the quarterfinals of the league tournament and fell to Southern Utah. The Golden Grizzlies accepted a bid to compete in the CIT tournament and made a nice run to the semifinals. Oakland broke The Summit League record with three postseason wins and eventually fell to Utah State on the road. Reggie Hamilton became the first scoring champion in The Summit League, finishing at 26.2 points per game.
PRODUCING TOP PLAYERS
Brian Gregory (1987-90) continues to hold the all-time school record in assists for a career, season and single-game, and has now moved on to be a very successful coach at the collegiate ranks. Gregory worked under Tom Izzo at Michigan State, took over the University of Dayton program where he led the Flyers to an NIT title and three NCAA tournaments, has most recently been named as head coach at Georgia Tech in March 2011.
A TRADITION IS BORN
After two disappointing seasons where Coach Kampe was trying to build a winner, the Pioneers busted on to the national scene in 1986-87 where Oakland went 20-8. Winning seasons continued to ensue for the final 11 of D-II and OU appeared in four consecutive NCAA Regionals, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in 1996-97, ending with a then school record 24-7 season. OU captured Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) titles in the final two seasons (1995-96, '96-97) and Kampe led the Pioneers to six 20-win seasons during the D-II campaign.
Married to his longtime wife Sue, they both reside in Rochester Hills and have three sons, Keith, Branch and Press. Branch is a freshman on the LSU football team, while Press plays varsity basketball at Adams High School.
His late father, Kurt, was a guard on the University of Michigan's 1947 Rose Bowl and national championship football team, which went 10-0. Brother Kurt Kampe III, was a two-year letterwinner for the Wolverines in 1974 and `75 as a defensive back.
He earned a Master of Arts degree in physical education while at Toledo. Kampe personally combined excellence as an athlete and in the classroom in college. He is the only athlete in MAC history to earn first team all-Academic honors in both football and basketball. He earned dean's list honors with a 3.40 grade point average at BGSU, and received the President's Award as an outstanding senior student.
* First year of GLIAC Tournament