Coach named NCAA Men’s Basketball Ethics Coalition chair

September 7, 2018 | News, UToday
By Steve Easton

UT Men’s Basketball Coach Tod Kowalczyk has been selected to serve as the chair for the NCAA’s Division I Men’s Basketball Ethics Coalition.

The coalition, a collaborative effort between the NCAA and its member coaches, looks to promote ethical conduct through leadership, education and mentoring.

“Being named the chair of the Ethics Coalition is a great honor,” said Kowalczyk, who became a coalition member in 2013. “I’m extremely proud to serve the coaching fraternity in this role. We talk among ourselves all the time about ways we can try to improve the ethical standards in college basketball. The last 12 months have obviously been a difficult time for our sport off the court, and hopefully we as a coalition can generate some positive impact for the game that’s been so good to us all.”

The Ethics Coalition is charged with identifying ethical issues facing NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches and providing general guidance to coaches on possible ways to deal with those issues through educational and reference materials.

Joining Kowalyczk on the coalition are Jamie Dixon (TCU), Dwayne Killings (Marquette assistant), Dave Leitao (DePaul), Danny Manning (Wake Forest), Donnie Marsh (Florida Gulf Coast assistant), Fran McCaffery (Iowa), Vann Pettaway (former head coach), Jean Prioleau (San Jose State), Al Skinner (Kennesaw State), Wayne Tinkle (Oregon State), Mike Young (Wofford) and Jim Haney (National Association of Basketball Coaches).

Kowalczyk is entering his 17th season as a collegiate head coach and ninth at Toledo. He led the Rockets to a 23-11 record and a trip to the Mid-American Conference Championship Game last year. Kowalczyk has guided the Rockets to three 20-win campaigns in the last five years, marking the first time for this accomplishment since Bob Nichols recorded five straight seasons of 20-plus victories from 1976 to 1981.

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