About Coach Tod Kowalcyzk
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Tom Crean "The combinations of toughness, integrity, character and humbleness describe Tod Kowalczyk. It's a privilege to watch him coach and an honor to have worked with him at Marquette. Most importantly, he is an example for people to look at in the sense of doing it the right way and making those around him better. The fans at Toledo are going to be energized by his passion, commitment, and willingness to lock in with them as they build the UT program back to where it belongs. The only people that will be more excited will be the players who will feel themselves getting better every day."

- Tom Crean, Indiana Head Coach

Dwayne Wade "Coach Kowalczyk worked with me every day. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for him."

- Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat Guard, Marquette 2000-03 (Photo by NBA)

Tom Izzo "I can think of no better choice for Toledo than Tod Kowalczyk. I've been close to Tod since he entered the coaching ranks, and I've watched him do a phenomenal job on and off the court at Green Bay. I'm looking forward to watching his championship runs and tournament appearances at Toledo in the future."

- Tom Izzo, Michigan State Head Coach

Jim Christian "Tod is a great hire and the ideal fit for leading the University of Toledo program. He is an incredible teacher, possesses a dynamic personality and is a true leader. Toledo is not only getting a tremendous coach, but they are getting a tremendous and passionate family-oriented person that parents should want their kids to play for. Tod has a proven track record with the success that he experienced at Wisconsin-Green Bay, and I'm confident that he will do a terrific job in building the Toledo men's basketball program."

- Jim Christian, TCU Head Coach

Bo Ryan "Tod Kowalczyk has done a great job at UW-Green Bay. He is well-deserving of the opportunity to be the head coach at Toledo and I'm sure his teams will be extremely competitive in the MAC. Tod's brand of basketball is exciting and Toledo fans will come to love it. I wish him the best of luck."

- Bo Ryan, Wisconsin Head Coach

Darrin Horn "Toledo has made a terrific hire. They are getting a guy who understands what it takes to build a program through recruiting, academic success, and individual improvement on the floor. Tod knows the Midwest and he will do a great job."

- Darrin Horn, South Carolina Head Coach

Jay Bilas "Tod Kowalczyk is one of the bright young coaches in the college game. He is an outstanding teacher, tactician, and recruiter, and he has a great feel for the game. Tod also stresses the importance of competing in the classroom just as hard they compete on the court. Toledo made a great hire in Tod Kowalczyk."

- Jay Bilas, ESPN College Basketball Analyst

Fran Fraschillas "This is a great opportunity for both Tod and the University of Toledo. He brings a no-nonsense, blue-collar approach to a program that has had a rich basketball tradition. I'm confident that through his hard work he will have the Rockets in contention for MAC championships for many years to come."

- Fran Fraschilla, ESPN College Basketball Analyst

Bill Raftery "I've known Tod for a number of years. Wherever he has been-including Green Bay, Marquette, Rutgers-those programs have improved and become factors in the college basketball world."

- Bill Raftery, ESPN College Basketball Analyst

Mike DeCourcey "Tod is an excellent hire for Toledo. He is a very bright, earnest coach who consistently has improved his teams and players. He has a sharp eye for talent and gets his teams to play with energy, toughness and togetherness. I believe the Toledo program has a lot to offer a coach. The term that's always used around programs such as this is sleeping giant. I hate clichés but I'm not sure there is a better way to put it. Hiring Tod should wake things up!"

- Mike DeCourcey, The Sporting News

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