Oakland, Greg Kampe agree on a three-year extension

Oakland University head basketball coach Greg Kampe is the third-longest-tenured coach in Division I basketball, behind only Jim Boeheim at Syracuse and Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. Kampe just finished up his remarkable 32nd season directing traffic for the Golden Grizzlies.

On Monday, the head coach and the university agreed to keep him around for the near future.

Greg KampeKampe has been the head man at OU since 1984, when the Grizzlies first became affiliated with a conference in college basketball. They were first slotted in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference of Division II. They spent 13 seasons in the GLIAC and Kampe recorded a 237-135 record, making the NCAA Division II Tournament the last four seasons during that span from 1994-97.

After one season as an independent in 1997-98 compiling a 15-12 record, Kampe and OU moved up to Division I as a member of the Summit League. During that 15-year stretch, Kampe notched 254 wins, 155 coming in league play, and took the Grizzlies to the NCAAs three separate times, recording the school’s lone tournament win in program history in 2005 in the play-in game as a 16-seed.

Oakland has spent the last three seasons as a member of the Horizon League, where Kampe and the Grizzlies have gone 52-49 and won 62 percent of their 50 conference games.

All in all, Kampe’s head coaching record, all at Oakland since 1984, is 558-415 with 12 total postseason appearances. He was also named Summit League Coach of the Year four times (2000, ’07, ’10, ’11).

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