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GREG KAMPE BIO


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. 21 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."

THE COACH
"Consistency is the hallmark of success," says Coach Kampe. Something that he strongly believes and a motto that his programs have been following for years. He has led the Golden Grizzlies to 10 or more league wins in seven straight seasons and 10 of 14. The Grizzlies have won a Summit League-best 68 league games over the last five seasons, 13 more than the next closest conference school.

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.

MICHIGAN SUPREMACY
The Golden Grizzlies are 89-31 in league action over the last seven seasons for a .742 winning percentage, better than any other D-I school in the state of Michigan. Michigan State ranks second with a record of 82-40 (.672), followed by No. 3 Western Michigan (62-48/.564), No. 4 Michigan (62-60/.508), No. 5 Eastern Michigan (49-61/.445),, No. 6 Detroit (52-70/.426) and No. 7 Central Michigan (46-64/.418).

DIVISION I SUCCESS
Four straight 20-win seasons (2008-12) and five straight postseason berths (2009-13), three NCAA tournaments (2005, `10, '11) and six Summit League championships in 14 seasons is not too bad for a coach that was hesitant when Oakland made the decision to move to Division I. Not too surprising from a coach who was coming off his best season and looked to be a national title contender in D-II that next season.

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
Under Kampe's direction, 27 players have went on to play professionally overseas, including two in the NBA; Rawle Marshall played with the Dallas Mavericks (2005-06) and Indiana Pacers (2006-07), while Keith Benson became the first-ever OU player to be drafted as he was selected 48th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2011. He finished as a two-time Summit League Player of the Year and two-time Associated Press All-American and played with the Golden State Warriors (2012).

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
Kampe joined the Oakland University campus in 1984 after spending six seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Toledo. OU had only six winning seasons in 16 years of competition before his arrival.

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.

FAMILY
A true believer in Oakland's mission that states 'produces graduates and champions', Kampe's oldest son Keith transferred to OU after two seasons on the Cincinnati baseball team. He played two seasons on the Golden Grizzlies' baseball team (2008-09) and graduated in May 2011 with a degree in integrative studies.

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.

UNDERGRADUATE WORK
Kampe is a 1978 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree in business and journalism. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Toledo before accepting the full-time assistant coach's position in 1979.

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.
 

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