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Basketball assistant coach Mike Garland retires after 22 seasons

June 9, 2022
<p>Michigan State assistant coach Mike Garland, left, jokes with freshman forward Aaron Henry (11) during Michigan State&#x27;s NCAA Men&#x27;s Basketball Final Four open practice at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on April 5, 2019. </p>

Michigan State assistant coach Mike Garland, left, jokes with freshman forward Aaron Henry (11) during Michigan State's NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four open practice at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on April 5, 2019.

Photo by Nic Antaya | The State News

Assistant basketball head coach Mike Garland announced Thursday he is retiring after 22 seasons with Michigan State. 

After Garland was hired in 1996, he served as an assistant coach for over two decades, before becoming the special assistant to basketball head coach Tom Izzo last season.

“I've been blessed in my life to be provided many great opportunities, but among the best has been the opportunity to interact with the great young men who have been part of the Michigan State men's basketball program and to do so alongside my friend and loving brother that I can't say enough about, Tom Izzo, along with other fellow coaches during my time here,” Garland said in an MSU basketball statement. 

Garland and Izzo are long-time friends and former college teammates at Northern Michigan University. 

“Words can't truly express what Mike Garland means to me,” Izzo said in a statement released Thursday. “We've been friends since we met the first night in college and basically have lived the rest of our professional lives together. To say he's just my friend doesn't even scratch the surface of our relationship. He's my brother for life.”

Throughout his extensive career, Garland helped lead the Spartans to the 2000 National Championship, seven Final Fours, 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, six Big Ten Tournament Championships and 10 Big Ten Regular Season titles. Garland also coached 18 Spartans who were drafted into the NBA, with six players selected from 2000-02. 

“There have been a lot of successful moments on the court here and that's what Tom has built, one of the best college basketball programs in the country,” Garland said in the statement. “It's been an honor to be a part of those championships and Final Fours and to see so many of our players go on to play professionally. I've been just as proud to see so many of our players have success in the business world and to become fathers with wonderful families.”

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