In this series of updates on the history of each Pac-12 men’s hops program, we provide a brief coaching summary, list the current coaches, along with postseason results, conference titles, award winners, and all-time coaching records.Utah began playing men’s basketball in 1908, finishing with a record of 3–8. But by 1916, the Utes had won their first national championship, capturing the National AAU Tournament title.
The school has made the NCAA Tournament 29 times, 20th-most in NCAA history, and tied for third-most appearances behind only UCLA and Arizona on the West Coast.
In 1927 Utah began laying the foundation for what would become one of the winningest programs in college basketball with the hiring of Vadal Peterson.
He and the Utes reached the ultimate prize in 1944, winning national championship, with Arnie Ferrin named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after scoring 28 points in the final two games.
Three years later, Peterson would lead Utah to the then-more prestigious NIT championship, with a victory over Kentucky.
Peterson retired with a 385–230 record, ending his tenure as the only coach in Utah history to have won a national championship.
Jack Gardner, who coached Utah from 1953 to 1971, led the Utes to seven conference titles, making six NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Final Fours.
Known for his fast-break style, Gardner earned Utah the nickname Runnin’ Utes. He remains one of only three coaches to twice lead two different programs to the Final Four, along with Roy Williams and Rick Pitino.
The kingpin of Utah’s recent basketball success is Rick Majerus, who coached Utah to nine conference titles, making 11 trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a Final Four appearance in 1998.
His 323-95 career record is the best overall winning percentage among Utah coaches, with only one losing season in 25 years, setting the standard for all subsequent Ute headmen.
In 2011, Larry Krystkowiak took the reins in Salt Lake City, transitioning the Utes into the newly expanded Pac-12 Conference. His teams made two NCAA Tournament appearances but never won a conference title.
Craig Smith was hired away from Utah State in 2021, signing a six-year contract worth $12.6 million. His Utah team went 11-20 in his initial rebuilding year.
University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
Jon M. Huntsman Center
Current Coaching Staff
Assistant: DeMarlo Slocum (2011-19, 2021-present)
Assistant: Tim Morris (2021-present)
Director Basketball Operations: Curran Walsh (2021-present)
Scouting: Brandon Ubel (2021-present)
Director Player Personnel: Tramel Barnes (2021-present)
Special Assistant to the head coach: Justin Johnson (2021-present)
Final Four Appearances: 4 (1944, 1961, 1966, 1998)
Sweet Sixteen Appearances: 16 (1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1966, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2015)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 29 (1944, 1945, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1966, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2015, 2016)
NCAA Tournament Overall Record: 38-32
NIT Championships: 1 (1947)
NIT Appearances: 14 (1944, 1947, 1949, 1957, 1958, 1970, 1974, 1987, 1988, 1992, 2001, 2014, 2017, 2018)
NIT Overall Record: 15-13
CBI Appearances: 1 (2008)
CBI Overall Record: 1-1
Conference Titles (MSC/Skyline, WAC, Mountain West, Pac-12)
Mountain West Regular Season Championships: 5 (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009)
WAC Regular Season Championships: 12 (1966, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
MSC/Skyline Regular Season Championships: 13 (1926, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1937, 1938, 1945, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962)
Pac-12 Tournament Championships: 0
Mountain West Tournament Championships: 2 (2004, 2009)
WAC Tournament Championships: 3 (1995, 1997, 1999)
Annual Award Winners
John R. Wooden Award: 1 (Andrew Bogut, 2005)
Oscar Robertson Trophy: 1 (Andrew Bogut, 2005)
AP Player of the Year: 1 (Andrew Bogut, 2005)
NABC Player of the Year: 1 (Andrew Bogut, 2005)
AP All-Americans: 13 (last = Jakob Pöltl-2016; Delon Wright-2015; Andrew Bogut-2005; Andre Miller-1999; Keith Van Horn-1997 & 1996; Danny Vranes-1981; Luther Burden-1974; Bill McGill-1962, 1961 & 1960; Vern Gardner-1949; Arnie Ferrin-1948)
Pac-12 Player of the Year: 1 (Jakob Pöltl, 2016)
Mountain West Player of the Year: 4 (Luke Nevill-2009; Andrew Bogut-2005; Britton Johnsen-2002; Alex Jensen-2000)
WAC Player of the Year: 7 (Andre Miller-1999; Keith Van Horn-1997, 1996 & 1995; Josh Grant-1993 & 1991; Pace Mannion-1983)
Utah Head Coaching Records
|Kerry Rupp (int)||2004||9-4||0||0||0|
|Dick Hunsaker (int)||2000-2001||18-12||1||0||0|
|Bill E. Foster||1971-1974||43-39||0||0||0|
Previously in Series:
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