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Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk has been recognized as one of five coaches who will be deserving a position among the top 50 coaches in the country in the future, according to ESPN analyst Fran Frischilla

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In his article on ESPN.com, Fraschilla wrote, “When he arrived in 2010 after a successful stint at Green Bay, Kowalczyk inherited a Rockets program decimated by NCAA violations and [Academic Progress Rate] issues. In his first season at Toledo, he won four games. Three years later, however, the Rockets won 27 and have a large part of their nucleus returning for 2014-15.”

Kowalczyk, 47, was named the Rockets’ head coach in 2010, assuming the reins of a program that had endured three straight losing seasons and was coming off a 4-28 win-loss mark. Since his first season at the helm, Kowalczyk has guided UT to a 61-37 record, including a 27-7 ledger in 2013-14 that ranks fourth for most wins ever by a Mid-American Conference men’s program.

During the 2013-14 campaign, Toledo captured a share of its eighth MAC regular-season title, appeared in its eighth National Invitation Tournament in program history, and posted its first unbeaten home record (fourth in school history) since the 1966-67 season. The Rockets also established school records for most points (2,694), free throws made (643) and free throws attempted (887).

Prior coming to Toledo, Kowalczyk posted a 136-112 record in eight years as Wisconsin-Green Bay’s head coach. The Phoenix advanced to post-season play and notched back-to-back 22-win seasons in his last two seasons. In addition, every player who completed their eligibility while Kowalczyk was Green Bay’s head coach received their degree.

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