GREG KAMPE BIO
29 seasons at the helm, Greg Kampe has led the Golden
Grizzlies to five consecutive postseason appearances and
three NCAA tournaments (2005, '10, '11). Kampe became the
fifth Division I active coach to win 500 games at one school
and is No. 21 among active D-I coaches for victories. He has
led OU to six Summit League titles in 14 seasons of
competition and ranks third all-time in league victories
In January 2012, Kampe became part of the 25th 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.
After leading the basketball program to the top of Division
II in the 90s, OU has become an elite program amongst
Division I Mid-Majors, finishing inside the Mid-Major Top 10
in two of the last four seasons.
"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."
"Consistency is the hallmark of success," says Coach Kampe.
Something that he strongly believes and a motto that his
programs have been following for years. He has led the
Golden Grizzlies to 10 or more league wins in seven straight
seasons and 10 of 14. The Grizzlies have won a Summit
League-best 68 league games over the last five seasons, 13
more than the next closest conference school.
A five-time Summit League Coach of the Year (2000, `03, `06,
`10, `11) and National Coach of the Year (2000) by
CollegeInsider.com, Kampe's tenure ranks fourth amongst
active D-I coaches, trailing only Syracuse's Jim Boeheim's
37 seasons for the Orange.
During a stretch from 2009-11, Oakland boasted the nation's
best conference record at 34-2. The Golden Grizzlies are
70-18 over their last 88 games versus Summit League
The Golden Grizzlies are 89-31 in league action over the
last seven seasons for a .742 winning percentage, better
than any other D-I school in the state of Michigan. Michigan
State ranks second with a record of 82-40 (.672), followed
by No. 3 Western Michigan (62-48/.564), No. 4 Michigan
(62-60/.508), No. 5 Eastern Michigan (49-61/.445),, No. 6
Detroit (52-70/.426) and No. 7 Central Michigan
DIVISION I SUCCESS
Four straight 20-win seasons (2008-12) and five straight
postseason berths (2009-13), three NCAA tournaments (2005,
`10, '11) and six Summit League championships in 14 seasons
is not too bad for a coach that was hesitant when Oakland
made the decision to move to Division I. Not too surprising
from a coach who was coming off his best season and looked
to be a national title contender in D-II that next season.
Instead, the Pioneers changed to the Golden Grizzlies and OU
spent the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons in transition. Then
the unexpected happened, Coach Kampe led the newly Golden
Grizzlies to the Mid-Continent Conference regular-season
title in their first year of competition at 11-5. OU 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.
OU 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
The conference may have changed its name in 2007 to The
Summit League, but that did not derail Coach Kampe and OU's
success. The Grizzlies have appeared in Summit League title
games 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
His teams have 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.
OU 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 three seconds
left in The Summit League championship game, the Golden
Grizzlies were invited to the inaugural CollegeInsider.com
Postseason Tournament. OU 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. OU finished the
The 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 OU'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
Grizzlies finished third in the standings, OU 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
Under Kampe's direction, 27 players have went on to play
professionally overseas, including two in the NBA; Rawle
Marshall played with the Dallas Mavericks (2005-06) and
Indiana Pacers (2006-07), while Keith Benson became the
first-ever OU player to be drafted as he was selected 48th
overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2011. He finished as a
two-time Summit League Player of the Year and two-time
Associated Press All-American and played with the Golden
State Warriors (2012).
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, has most recently been named as head coach
at Georgia Tech in March 2011.
A TRADITION IS BORN
Kampe joined the Oakland University campus in 1984 after
spending six seasons as an assistant coach at the University
of Toledo. OU had only six winning seasons in 16 years of
competition before his arrival.
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 D-II campaign.
A true believer in Oakland's mission that states 'produces
graduates and champions', Kampe's oldest son Keith
transferred to OU after two seasons on the Cincinnati
baseball team. He played two seasons on the Golden
Grizzlies' baseball team (2008-09) and graduated in May 2011
with a degree in integrative studies.
Married to his longtime wife Sue, they both reside in
Rochester Hills and have three sons, Keith, Branch and
Press. Branch is a freshman on the LSU football team, while
Press plays varsity basketball at Adams 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.
Kampe is a 1978 graduate of Bowling Green State University
with a bachelor's degree in business and journalism. He
started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at
Toledo before accepting the full-time assistant coach's
position in 1979.
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