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Mike Deane


Deane was named the 14th coach in Marquette history on April 1, 1994. Bill Cords, Marquette's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports remarked, “Coach Deane has many outstanding qualities as a person, a coach and a recruiter. I look forward to what he will do with the Marquette program.”

Deane got off to a fast start at Marquette, leading the Golden Eagles to six straight wins, the only coach in school history to win the first six games of his tenure. He joined Eddie Hickey (1958-59) and Hank Raymonds (1977-78) as the only Marquette coaches to record 20-win seasons in their inaugural campaigns after the 1994-95 Golden Eagles posted a 21-12 slate.

Deane is the sixth coach to take his first Marquette team to postseason play. Also, he and Tex Winter (1951-52) are the only coaches to record three postseason wins in their first season at Marquette. MU was the 1995 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) runner-up.

The Stony Point, N.Y. native has experienced success throughout his coaching career. Deane's 12-year career record at four-year institutions is 234-122 for a winning percentage of 65.7%. That winning percentage ranks 43rd among NCAA Division I active coaches. His 16-year coaching record is 303-158 (65.7%).

Deane, 44, came to Marquette from Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. In eight seasons at the helm of the Saints, Deane compiled a 166-77 (68.3%) record. Deane's total wins and winning percentage are the best among Siena's Division I coaches. Siena moved to Division I status in 1977.

Four of Deane's teams competed in post-season action, including the 1993-94 squad that compiled a 25-8 record and finished third at the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

The 1987-88 Siena team participated in the NIT, the school's first-ever Division I postseason tournament appearance. The Saints also played in the 1991 NIT.

At the 1989 NCAA Tournament, Siena, the 14th seed in the East Regional, upset #3 seed Stanford 80-78. That was Siena's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

While at Siena, Deane was a two-time New York State Coach of the Year (1988 and 1991). In 1988 he was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches District II Coach of the Year. Deane picked up North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1989.

Siena won North Atlantic Conference regular-season titles in 1988 and 1989 as well as the conference tournament in 1989. After moving to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), the Saints won the conference crown in 1991.

Prior to his stint at Siena, Deane was an assistant coach at Michigan State from 1982-86. He served as interim head coach prior to the start of the 1984-85 season when head coach Jud Heathcote was recovering from heart surgery. During Deane's stay at MSU, the Spartans were 74-44 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament twice and the NIT once. Deane was instrumental in the development of future professional players Scott Skiles and Sam Vincent.

During his two seasons at Oswego State (1980-81 and 1981-82) Deane compiled a 24-25 record. Deane stopped an inherited 42-game losing streak in his first season at Oswego State.

Deane's first head coaching position was at Delhi A&T Junior College in Delhi, N.Y. From 1976-80 he registered a 69-36 record. Delhi A&T advanced to the National Junior College Region III Tournament during Deane's tenure.

He also served as an assistant at Plattsburgh State (1975-76) and at Potsdam State (1974-75). Deane also was the assistant baseball coach at Potsdam during the 1974-75 campaign.

A three-year letterwinner at Potsdam State, Deane was a Small College All-American in 1973 and 1974. At the conclusion of his collegiate career Deane was Potsdam's career scoring (1,447 points) and assists (805) leader. He also established the following school records: highest career scoring average (18.0 ppg); most points in a game (42); and most assists in a game (23).

The Bears were 64-16 during Deane's career. Potsdam participated in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1974, Deane's senior season. He was a three-time East Coast Athletic Conference All-East honoree (1972, 73, 74).

He also played second base for the Bears' baseball team for three years.

Deane was a ninth-round selection of the Milwaukee Bucks in 1974. He also was signed by the Utah Stars of the ABA.

He received an economics degree from Potsdam State in 1974. Deane received the 1974 John W. Maxy Award, which recognizes the top senior student-athlete at Potsdam State. He was named the Chancellor Boyer SUNY Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1974.

Coach Deane and his wife Paula have been married for 27 years and the couple lives in Staten Island.

Mike Deane's Year-By-Year Record

Year School Record Pct.
1980-81 Oswego State 8-17 .320
1981-82 Oswego State 16-8 .667
1986-87 Siena 17-12 .586
1987-88 Siena 23-6 .793
1988-89 Siena 25-5 .833
1989-90 Siena 16-13 .552
1990-91 Siena 25-10 .714
1991-92 Siena 19-10 .655
1992-93 Siena 16-13 .552
1993-94 Siena 25-8 .758
1994-95 Marquette 21-12 .636
1995-96 Marquette 23-8 .742
1996-97 Marquette 22-9 .710
1997-98 Marquette 20-11 .645
1998-99 Marquette 14-15 .451
5 SeasonsMarquette 100-55.645
  • During the 1997 NCAA Tournament loss to Providence, Deane was reprimanded by the NCAA for misconduct as he drew two technicals and, instead of leaving the floor, continued to berate the officials.


In five seasons at Marquette, Mike Deane recruited:

  • Two 1,000 point scorers
  • One 500+ rebounder
  • Marquette's All-Time Leader in Field Goals Attempted


mike_dean_ul.jpg During the 1996 season, Aaron Hutchins drained a 3-pointer from the corner to beat the Cards in double overtime, 80-79. The victory prompted irascible Mike Deane to charge the floor with a raised fist at the jeering Cardinal crowd. Deane puffed out his chest and painted a big bull's-eye on it just after the game. ``It seems I've managed to enamor myself with the Louisville fans,'' he said after being pelted with debris.
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