Tommy Lloyd
Lloyd with Arizona in 2021
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamArizona
ConferencePac-12
Record33–4 (.892)
Biographical details
Born (1974-12-21) December 21, 1974 (age 47)
Kelso, Washington
Playing career
1993–1995Walla Walla CC
1995–1996CSU–Pueblo
1996–1998Whitman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2001–2021Gonzaga (asst./assoc. HC)
2021–presentArizona
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2000–2001Gonzaga (admin. asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall33–4 (.892)
Tournaments2–1 (.667) (NCAA Division I)
3–0 (1.000) (Pac-12)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Pac-12 regular season (2022)
Pac-12 Tournament (2022)
Awards
AP Coach of the Year (2022)
NABC Coach of the Year (2022)
USBWA Coach of the Year (2022)
Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2022)

Tommy Lloyd (born December 21, 1974) is an American basketball coach, currently serving as the head coach at the University of Arizona.[1]

Playing career

Lloyd was born in Kelso, Washington and attended Kelso High School, graduating in 1993. His senior year he led the Hilanders to a 21-4 record and to the WIAA state 4A tournament for the first time in 15 years.[2] He began his collegiate career at Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Washington where he played two years. His 52 points against Treasure Valley Community College still stands as the school's single-game record.[3] During his sophomore season, he averaged over 20 points per game and was selected to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (now the Northwest Athletic Conference) Eastern All-Star team. After graduating from WWCC, he transferred to Colorado State University–Pueblo. After one season there, he returned to Walla Walla to play his senior season at Whitman College.[4][5] He graduated from Whitman College in 1998.

Lloyd played professionally in Australia and Germany.

Coaching career

Gonzaga

According to a 2020 story by ESPN journalist Jeff Borzello, Lloyd's journey to his assistant coach position at Gonzaga actually began while he was playing in junior college. At the time, Gonzaga was still recruiting in Walla Walla's conference. After watching Lloyd, Gonzaga coach Dan Monson told him that he would not be offered a scholarship, but that if he ever wanted to go into coaching, he should give Monson a call. He made the call to Monson after his Whitman career, but had to back out once receiving an opportunity to play overseas. After his playing career, he and his wife Chanelle spent several months backpacking on several continents before he decided to begin a coaching career. By that time, Monson had left for Minnesota immediately after Gonzaga's 1999 Elite Eight run, and his top assistant Mark Few had replaced him as the Zags' head coach. Few honored the tacit agreement Monson had made with Lloyd, and Lloyd joined the men's basketball staff as a volunteer administrative assistant in 2000, becoming a full-time assistant the next year.[6][7]

Lloyd soon became Gonzaga's key international recruiter. He began to develop a niche as an international recruiter early in his tenure on Few's staff. In Borzello's story, Few recalled that one area where he wanted Lloyd to develop was recruiting, telling him that in order to become an assistant at a top program, he needed a niche. Few told Borzello,

He loved traveling over in Europe. And I told him, hey, if you want to make it in this business, you gotta develop a niche, you gotta have something different than somebody else. There's so many guys in this business, you have to separate yourself. So he kind of figured out like, "Hey, I can figure out how to do this European thing and see if I can establish a network and trust, you know, some real expertise over there." And he's done that.[7]

Among the international players that Lloyd has played a role in recruiting are former Bulldogs Mario Kasun (Croatia), Ronny Turiaf (France), J.P. Batista (Brazil), Abdullahi Kuso (Nigeria), Robert Sacre (Canada), Kelly Olynyk (Canada), Elias Harris (Germany), Kevin Pangos (Canada), Przemek Karnowski (Poland), Domantas Sabonis (Lithuania), Rui Hachimura (Japan), Killian Tillie (France), and Filip Petrušev (Serbia), as well as current Gonzaga players Joël Ayayi (France), Martynas Arlauskas (Lithuania), Pavel Zakharov (Russia), and Oumar Ballo (Mali).[8][9][10][11] Lloyd has also been integral in developing NBA players for Gonzaga like Turiaf, Adam Morrison, Jeremy Pargo, Austin Daye, Sacre, Olynyk, Kyle Wiltjer, Sabonis, Zach Collins, Hachimura, and Brandon Clarke.

Lloyd had previously turned down numerous interview requests for head-coaching positions during his Gonzaga tenure. He was contractually guaranteed of becoming the Bulldogs' next head coach upon Few's departure. Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said, "Tommy has it in writing from me and the [university] president that says, as long as he's here, when Mark retires, it's your job. He's got a document. I've got a document. The president's got a document. Our general counsel has a document. It's his job."[7] However, in 2021, Lloyd left Gonzaga for the head-coaching position at the University of Arizona.

Arizona

Two weeks after the 2021 NCAA tournament ended, Lloyd was announced as a candidate for the vacant head-coaching position at Arizona, which had been led the previous 12 seasons by Sean Miller. On April 15, 2021, Lloyd was introduced as Arizona's 18th head basketball coach.[12] Coach Lloyd earned his first win in his first collegiate game as a head coach on November 9, 2021, beating Northern Arizona 81–52.[13] Two weeks after his first career coaching victory, he earned his first victory over a ranked opponent, No. 4 Michigan, 80–62 to win the Roman Main Event and start the season 5–0.[14] Also with his 5–0 start, Coach Lloyd became the first in division I history to win his first five games, win by an average of 30 points per game & beat an AP top-5 team. Arizona entered the top 25 AP Poll for the first time under Coach Lloyd at Number 17, on November 22, 2021.[15] On December 5, Coach Lloyd defeated his first Pac-12 opponent in his first Pac-12 game, the Oregon State Beavers, 90–65.[16] In the December 13, 2021 AP poll, Arizona reached the top 10 for the first time under coach Lloyd, coming in at number 8.[17] Coach Lloyd lost the first game of his career & season in Knoxville on December 22, 2021, 73–77 against no. 19 Tennessee.[18] On January 17, 2022, Arizona made it into the top 5 for the first time under Coach Lloyd, coming in at no. 3 in the AP poll. It was the program's first time in the top 5 since the 2017―18 season.[19] The AP poll's update on February 21, 2022, placed Arizona no. 2 in the nation, following only Lloyd's former team, Gonzaga. Coach Lloyd & the Arizona Wildcats would win their 1st regular season conference title under Lloyd & 17th overall as a program with a 91–71 win over USC. After defeating Cal in the final regular season game, 89–61, Arizona & Coach Lloyd became the first program & coach to win 18 conference games in one season. They earned the Number 1 seed in the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament. Coach Lloyd & Arizona would go on to defeat Stanford 84–80 in the Quarterfinals, Colorado 82–72 in the Semifinals & UCLA 84–76 in the finals to win Arizona’s eighth conference tournament title overall & Coach Lloyd’s first. Following the end of the season Coach Lloyd won the AP Coach of the Year, NABC Coach of the Year & USBWA Coach of the Year.[20][21]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Arizona Wildcats (Pac-12 Conference) (2021–present)
2021–22 Arizona 33–4 18–2 1st NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2022–23 Arizona
Arizona: 33–4 (.892) 18–2 (.900)
Total: 33–4 (.892)

Personal life

According to Borzello, Lloyd "loves Gonzaga and he loves Spokane." He and his wife Chanelle built a new house in Spokane in 2018, with a "video game system covered in Gonzaga paraphernalia in the basement." They have two daughters and a son; son Liam plays basketball at Grand Canyon University. During the construction of their current home, the family lived in the childhood home of Bulldogs legend and Hall of Famer John Stockton.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Arizona expected to hire Gonzaga's Tommy Lloyd".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "WIAA Tournament History: School Information". Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Walla Walla Community College Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). Walla Walla Community College. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Whitman Adds Talented Newcomers to Solid Corps of Returning Starters". Whitman.edu. 22 November 1996. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  5. ^ Jim Bucham (2 February 2010). "Kelso grad Lloyd a key component of Zags' success". The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  6. ^ Coach Bio: Tommy Lloyd - GONZAGA OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
  7. ^ a b c d Borzello, Jeff (February 26, 2020). "Gonzaga's Tommy Lloyd helped construct — and is heir to the throne of — a remarkable hoops dynasty". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  8. ^ "Karnowski blossoming into Gonzaga's next standout foreign big man". Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  9. ^ "International pipeline of big men helps fuel Gonzaga's success". Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  10. ^ "Next international wave will set up Zags for a while, says GU's Lloyd". December 9, 2015.
  11. ^ "Gonzaga lands promising French recruit". April 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "Arizona Names Tommy Lloyd as Men's Basketball Head Coach". Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  13. ^ "Arizona opens Lloyd era with 81-52 win over Northern Arizona".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Arizona dominates No. 4 Michigan 80-62 to win Roman Main Event".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "AP Top 25 College Basketball Poll, Week 3". AP News.
  16. ^ "#11 Arizona Surges to 90-65 Win at Oregon State". Arizonawildcats.com.
  17. ^ "Arizona Wildcats climb 3 spots in AP rankings after win at Illinois". Arizonasports.com.
  18. ^ "No. 19 Tennessee hands No. 6 Arizona first loss 77-73".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ "AP Top 25 Poll, week 11".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ "Arizona's Tommy Lloyd wins AP men's coach of the year".
  21. ^ "NABC Coach of the Year Awards". NABC.