|Amaker. Photo courtesy of the Big Eight Conference|
What particularly impressed me [about Amaker], Martin said, was the sincerity, the commitment, the compassion that Tommy showed for coming to Michiganfirst and foremost about academics and what we are all about here. We talked about academics before we talked about athletics.
I am absolutely thrilled, Amaker said at the official announcement. This is a school that is known throughout the world for qualityfor being the best. Thats certainly what were going to strive to become, to act, to behave, to produce and perform.
Already having met with the mens basketball student-athletes, Amaker related the five themes he and the team are going to build the program around:
Amaker began his college basketball career by leading a then-unknown Duke program to legendary coach Mike Krzyzewskis first national title. After a period as Dukes assistant coach, 198896, Amaker took the head coaching job at Seton Hall in 1997. Amaker, 35, had a 6855 record at Seton Hall, with a Sweet 16 appearance in last years NCAA tournament.
Amakers five-year contract is for $500,000$600,000 a year from the Department of Athletics. With incentives, his annual contract could be worth up to $900,000 annually.
Martin appointed a 10-member advisory screening committee two weeks ago to select a field of candidates for the coaching job. I very much appreciate the efforts that all the members of that committee put forward, he said. They really extended our tentacles out into the basketball world to research the potential candidates available to us.
Committee members included current players LaVell Blanchard and Chris Young; womens coach Sue Guevara; Warde Manuel, assistant director of athletics; Ted Spencer, director of undergraduate admissions; and former players, Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, ESPN analyst Tim McCormick, Butch Wade, Mark Hughes and Mike Griffin.
The committee narrowed a list of close to 50 possible candidates down to six and, Martin said, put Amaker at the top of the pecking list.