John Becker (basketball)

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John Becker
Sport(s)Basketball
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamVermont
Biographical details
Born(1968-04-16) April 16, 1968 (age 46)
Fairfield, Connecticut
Playing career
1987–1990Catholic University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1997
1997–1999
2004–2006
2006–2011
2011–present
Gallaudet (asst.)
Gallaudet
Catholic University (asst.)
Vermont (asst.)
Vermont
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
America East Tournament Champions (2011-12)
America East Regular Season Champions (2013-14)
Awards
America East Coach of the Year (2013-14)
 
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John Becker
Sport(s)Basketball
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamVermont
Biographical details
Born(1968-04-16) April 16, 1968 (age 46)
Fairfield, Connecticut
Playing career
1987–1990Catholic University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1997
1997–1999
2004–2006
2006–2011
2011–present
Gallaudet (asst.)
Gallaudet
Catholic University (asst.)
Vermont (asst.)
Vermont
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
America East Tournament Champions (2011-12)
America East Regular Season Champions (2013-14)
Awards
America East Coach of the Year (2013-14)

John Becker (born April 17, 1968) is the head coach of the University of Vermont Catamounts men's basketball team.[1] He replaced Mike Lonergan, who left to become the coach at George Washington University.

Biography[edit]

Coaching career[edit]

Becker's college coaching career began in 1994 when he became an assistant at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. In 1997, Becker was elevated to head coach of the Bison, where he served from 1997-99. Becker also served as the men's tennis coach, despite never playing the game, and also worked in the information technology field, as the coaching positions were part-time. He briefly left coaching to pursue a master's degree in information systems at George Washington University, however in 2004 Becker returned to coaching at his alma mater Catholic as an assistant coach under Steve Howes. While at Catholic, he helped guide the team to a 41-17 record, which included a 21-7 mark and NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in 2005-06. His first year with Catholic saw the Cardinals go 20-10 and advance to the Capital Athletic Conference Championship game.[2]

In 2006-07, Becker joined the Vermont staff as director of basketball operations, serving in the role for two seasons before being promoted to assistant coach. Since his arrival, UVM has earned three postseason berths, including the 2010 NCAA Tournament.[3] On May 10, 2011, Becker was named interim head coach of the Catamounts while search was conducted.[4] On May 20, 2011, Vermont lifted the interim tag and named Becker the 16th coach in Vermont basketball history.[5]

In his first year in charge of the Catamounts, Becker led Vermont to a second-place finish in the America East Conference with a 24-12 overall record and 13-3 mark in conference, winning the America East Championship for Vermont's fifth NCAA Tournament bid in nine years, defeating Stony Brook 51-43. Becker became just the second first-year head coach since Northeastern's Karl Fogel to win the conference tournament. He also set a Vermont record for most wins by a first-year head coach, breaking a 90-year-old record set by Tom Keady in the 1921-22 season with a 73-63 win on the road over Maine. In its NCAA First Round match up the Catamounts picked up their second-ever NCAA Tournament win, defeating Lamar 71-59 before falling to top-seeded North Carolina 77-58 in the Second Round.

The 2012-13 season saw Vermont post another 20-win season, coupled with an appearance in the America East Championship game. Becker became just the second coach in league history to post back-to-back 20-win seasons in his first two seasons, along with two-straight appearances in the title game, joining Pat Chambers. The Catamounts were defeated at home by Albany 53-49, and elected to participate in the 2013 College Basketball Invitational, where it fell to Santa Clara 77-66 in the first round.

In his third season with the Catamounts, Becker guided Vermont to a 15-1 mark and an America East regular season championship. The 20-win season made Becker the first coach in America East history post three-straight 20-win seasons in his first three seasons, and it was the 11th time in the last 13 seasons UVM eclipsed the 20-win mark. Despite this, Vermont was defeated by fourth-seeded Albany, 67-58, in the America East Championship semifinals. By virtue of winning the regular season, the Catamounts earned an automatic berth in the 2014 NIT.

Personal life[edit]

Becker and his wife Kelly reside in Burlington, Vermont with their daughters Katherine and Ella.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Gallaudet (Capital Athletic Conference) (1997–1999)
1997–98Gallaudet3-221-138th
1998–99Gallaudet3-221-138th
Gallaudet:6-44 (.120)2-26 (.071)
Vermont (America East Conference) (2011–present)
2011–12Vermont24-1213-32ndNCAA Second Round
2012–13Vermont21-1211-52ndCBI First Round
2013–14Vermont22-1115-11stNIT First Round
Vermont:67-35 (.657)39-9 (.813)
Total:73-79 (.480)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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