Jan. 22, 2015
Game time is set for 7 p.m. inside the O'rena.
Oakland had 11 of 12 players score.
Jan. 18, 2015
Golden Grizzlies have won four straight inside the O'rena.
Head Coach Greg Kampe appeared on WDFN-AM this morning to chat about the Metro Series with Matt Shepard.
Oakland Basketball All-Access: December 2014
Golden Grizzlies defeated the Eagles 70-68 in overtime in Johnson Arena. Corey Petros led the way with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Greg Kampe interviewed on Shep in the Morning at WDFN-AM (1130), home of Golden Grizzlies basketball. They talked about the upcoming season.
Coach Greg Kampe announces the ACS Game vs Western Michigan
Golden Grizzlies battled the Panthers in #HLMBB play
The men's basketball team traveled to Cleveland State for a Horizon League matchup on Thursday
Men's basketball USATSI Gallery -- 12/27/14
Men's Basketball vs. Michigan State; photos by Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
The men's basketball team traveled to East Lansing to face Michigan State at the Breslin Center
Greg Kampe enters his 31st season as head coach of the Golden Grizzlies in 2014-15 and is the third-longest tenured coach in Division I. Kampe led Oakland to six championships in 14 seasons inside The Summit League, including three NCAA tournaments (2005, '10, '11). He became the fifth active Division Icoach to win 500 games at one school, finished third all-time in The Summit League with 147 league victories, and earned a league-best five Coach of the Year accolades.
In January 2012, Kampe became part of the 25th Oakland University Athletics Hall of Honor Class as he was inducted into the Hollie L. Lepley Hall of Honor. He was selected as one of the top 20 Mid-Major coaches in the country by Athlon Sports in the summer 2012 and was named National Coach of the Year in 2000 by CollegeInsider.com.
The Golden Grizzlies are averaging 21 wins per year over the last six seasons and have been in the postseason in five of those seasons (2 NCAA tournaments). Oakland has had four players lead the country in a statistical category over the last six seasons (Johnathon Jones in assists, 2010 / Reggie Hamilton in scoring, 2012, Travis Bader in 3-pointers made, 2013 / Duke Mondy, steals per game, 2013). Bader went on to break all-time NCAA recordsin 3-pointers made (504) and 3-point field goal attempts (1,246).
"We have a quality program that turns out talented student-athletes," Kampe said. "We try to do things the right way with good people who receive a good education and then go out into the world and have success after basketball. That's what our mission is."
During a stretch from 2009-11, Oakland boasted the nation's best conference record at 34-2. The Golden Grizzlies finished 70-18 over their last 88 games versus Summit League opponents and hold the record for consecutive league victories at 20.
DIVISION I SUCCESS
Instead, the Pioneers changed to the Golden Grizzlies and Oakland spent the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons in transition. Then the unexpected happened, Coach Kampe led the newly created Golden Grizzlies to the Mid-Continent Conference regular-season title in their first year of competition at 11-5. Oakland was not eligible for the Mid-Con Tournament that season.
In 2004-05, the Golden Grizzlies finished a sub-par season at 9-19 and 7-9 in league to finish in seventh place. As the No. 7 seed, Oakland upset No. 2 seed UMKC (67-63) and defeated Chicago State (56-53) before matching up with top-seeded Oral Roberts (25-7) in the championship game. Then Pierre Dukes made the shot heard round the world as time expired and sent Oakland to its first-ever Division I NCAA tournament with a 61-60 victory over the Golden Eagles. Oakland went on to defeat Alabama A&M (79-69) in the play-in game of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio, and then fell to eventual national champion North Carolina (96-68) in Charlotte, N.C.
The conference may have changed its name in 2007 to The Summit League, but that did not derail Coach Kampe and Oakland's success. The Golden Grizzlies appeared in The Summit League title game in 4 of 6 seasons, capturing their most recent titles in 2010 and '11 in dominating fashion with six double-digit wins at the tournament and posted a 34-2 regular-season league record.
His teams posted back-to-back league record 17-1 marks to set records in wins and winning percentage (.944) from 2009-11. Oakland won a program-best 26 games in 2009-10 and followed that up with a 25-10 mark in 2010-11. The Golden Grizzlies picked up their first-ever top 10 win at No. 7 Tennessee (89-82) on Dec. 14, 2010, catching headlines across the country.
Oakland suffered heartbreak in two games in 2008-09. After player of the year Ben Woodside lifted the Bison over Oakland (66-64) on a last-second 20-foot jumper with 3seconds left in The Summit League championship game, the Golden Grizzlies were invited to the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Oakland defeated Kent State (80-74) at home in the opening round, but tasted defeat at the hands of another buzzer beater, this time from 75 feet as Bradley escaped with a 76-75 win in Peoria, Ill. The Golden Grizzliesfinished the year 23-13.
The Golden Grizzlies posted a 19-14 record in 2006-07 and once again suffered heartbreak in the league tournament title game. ORU exacted some revenge as the top two seeds battled in the championship game, this time with Oakland's Erik Kangas missing an attempt at winning the game with seconds remaining from three, eventually falling 71-67.
After a disappointing 17-14 regular season where the Golden Grizzlies finished third in the standings, Oakland surrendered an 11-point lead with just over 1 minute remaining in the quarterfinals of the league tournament and fell to Southern Utah. The Golden Grizzlies accepted a bid to compete in the CIT tournament and made a nice run to the semifinals. Oakland broke The Summit League record with three postseason wins and eventually fell to Utah State on the road. Reggie Hamilton became the first scoring champion in The Summit League, finishing at 26.2 points per game.
PRODUCING TOP PLAYERS
Brian Gregory (1987-90) continues to hold the all-time school record in assists for a career, season and single-game, and has now moved on to be a very successful coach at the collegiate ranks. Gregory worked under Tom Izzo at Michigan State, took over the University of Dayton program where he led the Flyers to an NIT title and three NCAA tournaments, and has headed the Georgia Tech program since 2011.
A TRADITION IS BORN
After two disappointing seasons where Coach Kampe was trying to build a winner, the Pioneers busted on to the national scene in 1986-87 where Oakland went 20-8. Winning seasons continued to ensue for the final 11 of D-II and OU appeared in four consecutive NCAA Regionals, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in 1996-97, ending with a then school record 24-7 season. OU captured Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) titles in the final two seasons (1995-96, '96-97) and Kampe led the Pioneers to six 20-win seasons during the D2 campaign.
Married to his longtime wife Sue, they both reside in Waterford Township and have three sons, Keith, Branch and Press. Branch played on the LSU football team, while Press played varsity basketball at Clarkston High School.
His late father, Kurt, was a guard on the University of Michigan's 1947 Rose Bowl and national championship football team, which went 10-0. Brother Kurt Kampe III, was a two-year letterwinner for the Wolverines in 1974 and `75 as a defensive back.
He earned a Master of Arts degree in physical education while at Toledo. Kampe personally combined excellence as an athlete and in the classroom in college. He is the only athlete in MAC history to earn first team all-Academic honors in both football and basketball. He earned dean's list honors with a 3.40 grade point average at BGSU, and received the President's Award as an outstanding senior student.
* First year of GLIAC Tournament