Cento Amici member Steve Pikiell on NJ Biz “Power List”

No. 10: Steve Pikiell

2023 Power 100

The trajectory of sports is notoriously difficult to predict, especially on the collegiate level. In years past, these pages have featured Greg Schiano, the head coach of Rutgers University’s football team, and Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets. In both cases the teams seemed headed in a positive direction.

That did not last long. But there is reason to believe that Pikiell can buck that trend.

In his six seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at Rutgers, Pikiell has transformed the program from a national punch line into a force in the Big 10 Conference. Rutgers has emerged as a legitimate contender for a conference championship and, more important, has made the NCAA tournament for two consecutive years – and would have made it three but for the COVID-19 pandemic. Barring an epic and unlikely collapse, the Scarlet Knights will make the Big Dance again this year.

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