Minutemen knock down UMass program record-tying 16 3-pointers; Clark and Davis notch 25 points apiece
Men's basketball meets the Bluejays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 25 in the tournament's championship game
Minutemen face the Tigers in MGM Grand Main Event semifinal at 9:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 23
UMass hits program-record-tying 16 threes, Hinds again leads Minutemen with 24 points
Men's basketball hosts the Bears in the Mullins Center for a 7 p.m. game on Nov. 19
Derek Kellogg previews the Puerto Rico Tournament including Thursday's game against Providence
MBB VS. CENTRAL ARKANSAS Photos by Thom Kendall '93
MBB VS. HOWARD Photos by Thom Kendall '93
MBB VS. SJU Photos by Thom Kendall '93
MBB VS. DUQUESNE Photos by Thom Kendall '93
MBB VS. LASALLE Photos by Thom Kendall '93
Kellogg, already the third-winningest coach in the 100-plus year history of UMass basketball, moved the Minutemen down the block to the program’s new home, the John Francis Kennedy Champions Center for UMass Basketball ahead of the 2015-16 season. The 53,000-square foot basketball-centric facility offers one of the top homes in college basketball with dedicated practice courts, full athletic training and strength and conditioning suites, a cinema-style film room and additional space for team meetings and meals, coach and administrative offices and a connector tunnel to the Mullins Center.
Kellogg’s noted success as a recruiter, combined with the new dedicated home for basketball at UMass, helped the eighth-year leader land a top-25 class for the 2016-17 school year. The group, comprised of Chris Baldwin, Brison Gresham, DeJon Jarreau and Unique McLean, ranks 22nd in the nation according to 247Sports and 25th via ESPN and Rivals.
Massachusetts picked up its fourth consecutive winning season in 2014-15, spearheaded by Kellogg and a pair of then-seniors and current professional basketball players, Maxie Esho and Cady Lalanne. Esho, who recently signed an NBA D-League contract, and Lalanne, the 55th pick of the 2015 NBA Draft (San Antonio Spurs), assisted Kellogg in winning 17 games and finishing tied for sixth in the talent-rich Atlantic 10.
In 2013-14 those efforts brought the program back to the national spotlight. UMass opened the year with 10-consecutive victories and collected the Charleston Classic championship as it rose to a top-20 ranking - its first time in the polls since early in the 1998-99 campaign. The squad eventually was slotted as high as No. 12 in the coaches poll and No. 13 in the Associated Press ledger and spent 10 weeks and played 15 games as a ranked team.
The year secured UMass a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament after the program had not achieved that benchmark since 1998. Senior Chaz Williams capped his Minuteman career with his third consecutive appearance on first team all-district and all-conference listings. UMass also continued its rise at the gate as the team averaged 6,600 fans, putting season attendance numbers at a 100 percent increase over the previous three years. The Minutemen sold-out six games at the Mullins Center and, by year’s end, UMass’ home attendance had increased by 1,345 fans from 2012-13 to 2013-14, ranking 10th nationally.
The 2013-14 campaign marked the second-consecutive year the Minutemen appeared in the top-30 for the largest increase from the previous year. The 6,600 home attendance average was the highest since the 1998-99 campaign, while the single-season increase was the largest since moving into the Mullins Center midway through the 1992-93 year. It was also the eighth-highest average in school history.
The Minutemen posted 21 victories during 2012-13, including their second NIT appearance in as many seasons. Williams picked up his second consecutive first team all-conference and NABC all-district laurels and became the first player to go back-to-back in both categories since Rashaun Freeman (2005-07).
During 2011-12, Kellogg’s tutelage led Massachusetts to a 25-11 overall record and advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship and the NIT. Kellogg’s energy as a coach, mimicked by the squad on the court, earned UMass a tied for fifth finish in the A-10 after the squad was picked 12th in the preseason poll. Kellogg also installed his up-tempo offense to go along with a pressure defense that resulted in a the team breaking the school record for steals, while ranking in the top five nationally in possessions per game.
Leading the way during 2011-12 was Williams, who tallied first team all-Atlantic 10 and NABC all-district after averaging 16.9 points, 6.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. Williams set UMass sophomore records for assists (231) and steals (81).
The friendly confines of the Mullins Center and its home crowd helped the team earn a 15-1 mark during games played in Amherst. The Minutemen played before four crowds of more than 6,200 in the final six games, including a season-high 8,399 in the victory over Saint Louis.
In addition to infusing energy on the sidelines and court, Kellogg-led UMass teams have re-dedicated themselves to the local and regional community the cheers on the Minutemen. Kellogg serves as the Honorary Co-Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for the Northern Connecticut/Western Massachusetts chapter, while participating with the entire team in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. He has also lent his time to the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech and Baystate Children’s Hospital of Springfield/Children’s Miracle Network.
In 2010-11, Kellogg guided UMass to its best start since the 1995-96 Final Four campaign as the Minutemen opened the year with a 7-0 mark. UMass also posted its first seven-game win streak since 1998 and finished 15-15 in 2010-11.
Kellogg capped his second season with an Atlantic 10 Tournament appearance and first round victory, the first in eight years, as UMass knocked off No. 6 seed Charlotte, 59-56. In his first year as the head coach at UMass, Kellogg led the Minutemen to one of their most thrilling wins in recent memory, an epic win over defending NCAA Champion Kansas in Kansas City before a nationally-televised audience on ESPN. UMass senior Tony Gaffney was honored as the Atlantic 10’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 as well as being named to the A-10 All-Conference Second Team. Gaffney led the A-10 in rebounding and averaged a double-double with 11.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He was UMass’ first player to average a double-double in 30 years. Ricky Harris collected Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team after he produced 18.2 points per game, the highest scoring average for any returning player in 2009-10.
Kellogg’s first full recruiting class at UMass (Sampson Carter, Javorn Farrell, Raphiael Putney, Freddie Riley and Terrell Vinson) was named one of the nation’s top groups and the consensus best class in the Atlantic 10 according to multiple publications. Kellogg guided Putney, Riley and Vinson to 1,000-point careers at UMass while members of the quintet went on to help Kellogg win 97 games from 2009-14 and make three national postseason appearances.
Kellogg was named the 21st head coach in University of Massachusetts men’s basketball history on April 23, 2008. He returned to his alma mater for his first head coaching opportunity after serving as an assistant coach for 12 years, the last eight at the University of Memphis under former UMass head coach and Naismith Hall of Fame inductee John Calipari. The energetic and hard-working Kellogg is largely credited for recruiting many of the student-athletes who helped Memphis reach the 2008 NCAA Championship Game and record eight consecutive 20-win seasons with as many consecutive postseason berths, and Kellogg has continued his strong recruiting efforts at UMass.
Kellogg spent eight years on the Memphis staff alongside Calipari where he brought his “coach on the floor” mentality at UMass to the sidelines, and it produced results for the Tigers. In Kellogg’s eight seasons in Memphis, he helped the Tigers to eight-straight 20-win seasons and eight consecutive postseason berths (NCAA: 2003, ‘04, ‘06, ‘07, ’08; NIT: 2001, ‘02, ‘05). It marked the first time the Memphis basketball program reached eight consecutive national postseasons, breaking the previous mark of six-in-a-row from 1988-93.
In 2007-08, Kellogg was an integral part of another magical Tiger campaign, which continued through to 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 the nation, 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 at the time.
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 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 only had 140 total wins and 66 conference victories.
In addition to the 2006-08 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 rallied a community around Penguin basketball. Youngstown State finished fourth in the Mid-Continent Conference regular season standings, despite the absence of leading scorer Elmer Brown for the final seven games of the regular season. Youngstown State signed a freshman class that 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 the Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament championships and earned an automatic bid to the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
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 a junior and senior, earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference in 1995 and picked up three Atlantic 10 All-Academic honors. Kellogg ranks fifth in assists (453) and seventh in three-pointers (138) as well as seventh in three-point percentage (38.1) all-time at UMass.
Kellogg played his high school basketball at Springfield Cathedral where he was a two-time Massachusetts All-State player and McDonald’s All-America Honorable Mention. Following graduation from UMass, Kellogg pursued professional basketball before he 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 after he played a season with the Connecticut Skyhawks in the United States Basketball League in 1995.
Kellogg, 42 (born June 20, 1973), is a 1995 graduate of Massachusetts with a degree in real estate and finance. In May 2005, he married Nicole Flory, who graduated from UMass in 1997. The couple welcomed their first child, Maximus Antonio, on April 28, 2008, five days after he was hired at UMass. Kellogg’s parents, George and Ruth, currently reside in Belchertown, Mass.
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What They are Saying...
"As happy as I was for Tony (Barbee) when he got the UTEP job two years ago, I am just as excited for Derek in getting this incredible opportunity at UMass. 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.
"The bottom line is that Derek is a winner and knows how to build a winning program. 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. Again, I can't say enough how excited I am for Derek and also the UMass community."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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