Mike Deane is known as one of Marquette’s most energetic coaches in its men’s basketball history.
As the head coach from 1994-1999, Deane succeeded Kevin O’Neill before making way for Tom Crean. He could be seen as a transitional coach, but Deane took Marquette to two NCAA Tournament appearances, as well as the NIT Championship game in 1995, which was won by Virginia Tech.
Deane was not out of work for long after leaving Marquette; he took over as the head coach at Lamar in 1999. He was there for four years, but after posting a 53-63 record, he was let go.
He then went to Wagner, where he coached from 2003-2010. The Seahawks won 23 games in 2007-08, but after a five win season in 2009-10, Deane was relieved of his duties. While at Wagner, Deane was so energetic and in the faces of referees, he had a seat belt put on his chair on the sideline.
Now an assistant at James Madison, Deane is looking for his next chance at another head coaching job.