Updated 4:00 pm with confirmation from Indiana University.
Mike Woodson will add another critical piece to his coaching staff today with the hiring of former Hoosier Dane Fife. The Clarkston, Michigan native was originally recruited by then-head coach Bob Knight and played for the Hoosiers between 1998-2002.
Fife led the Hoosiers to a 2002 national title game and he individually was named the co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
He leads the Indiana basketball program with 180 steals over the course of his four years. Fife made 99 career 3-point shots including a 47.8% rate for his senior year.
“Dane is someone who I have always had the utmost respect for. His knowledge of the Big Ten and his success as a recruiter will be an invaluable asset as we look to continue building a staff that will help elevate this program to the highest levels. I know his love for the for the Hoosiers and this University comes across the moment you talk to him and we are excited to welcome back Dane, his wife Blair, and daughters Quinnly and Reagan back to Bloomington.”Statement from Mike Woodson
Upon graduating from Indiana University, Fife became an administrative assistant at Indiana between 2003-2005 before later being named as the head coach of Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, where he accumulated a head coaching record of 82-97 (0.458). At the time, he was the youngest head coach in Division I basketball.
Fife has spent the last decade with Michigan State as an assistant to Tom Izzo. During that time, he has helped the Spartans have a perfect attendance of NCAA tournaments (with the exception of last year due to the tournament’s COVID cancellation).
In 10 seasons with the Spartans, he was part of a staff which produced 9 NCAA Tournament berths, 4 Big Ten titles, 1 Final Four appearance, 8 All-Americans, 10 NBA Draft picks, and 3 Big Ten Players of the Year.
Fife is known for his defensive mentality and he has worked with a number of Michigan State players that have successfully transitioned to the NBA. Most recently, he helped developed Miles Bridges, who was selected in the 2018 NBA Draft as a lottery pick.
With Kenya Hunter and Dane Fife onboard, the Hoosiers have one additional slot remaining in the assistant coaching position that will team up with Indiana AD Scott Dolson and Associate AD Thad Matta. Except news for this position to be filled up in the near future as Coach Woodson will need to turn his attention from building up his staff to recruiting and developing a team for the 2021-2022 season.
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