Associate Head Coach Dwayne Stephens is in his 16th season as an assistant coach at Michigan State, and his seventh as associate head coach. Stephens’ many responsibilities include player development, scouting and recruiting. He’s worked closely with eight Spartans selected in the last seven NBA Drafts, including six front court players (Draymond Green, Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson, Deyonta Davis, Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson Jr.). Bridges was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2017-18 and was a consensus Second-Team All-American selection. Jackson was the first Big Ten player since 2007 to be named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. Davis developed into an NBA draftee after just one season. Dawson finished his career as MSU’s all-time leader in blocked shots. Payne developed into a two-time All-Big Ten performer and a first-round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Under Stephens’ tutelage, Green was the 2012 NABC Division I Player of the Year, a Consensus First-Team All-American and won Big Ten Player of the Year honors. Green also finished his career as MSU’s all-time leading rebounder, leading the conference in rebounding as a senior at 10.6 rpg, after finishing third in the league as a sophomore and junior. Spartan center Paul Davis was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree, including earning first-team all-conference and Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors in 2003-04, while finishing among the top 10 scorers and rebounders in MSU history. The Spartans led the nation in rebounding in 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2018, and have paced the Big Ten in eight of his 15 seasons.
Associate Head Coach Dane Fife is in his eighth season as at Michigan State, working closely with the Spartan perimeter players. He was named associate head coach prior to the start of the 2018-19 season after seven years as an assistant coach.
Over the last three years, Coach Fife has worked with Cassius Winston who was the Big Ten Player of the Year and First Team All-American in 2018-19 and repeated as First Team Big Ten and Second Team All-American in this past season. Cassius also set the Big Ten record for the all-time career assists. Rocket Watts was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year this past season. Fife worked with Miles Bridges, who was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the lottery of the 2018 NBA Draft and was a consensus Second-Team All-American selection in 2018-19. In 2017-18, MSU led the nation in assists per game (19.1) and ranked No. 2 in the country in total assists (670), while handing out the second-most assists in a single season in school history. In 2015-16, Fife helped guide Denzel Valentine to National Player of the Year honors, while Bryn Forbes earned Second-Team All-Big Ten honors. Valentine was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the lottery of the 2016 NBA Draft, while Forbes signed a free-agent contract with the San Antonio Spurs. On the court, MSU led the nation in assists per game (20.5), while setting school single-season records for assists (719) and made 3-pointers (321). One year earlier, Travis Trice and Valentine earned All-Big Ten honors. In 2013-14, Gary Harris earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors and was selected in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft, one season after becoming the first Spartan to ever be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Keith Appling and Valentine were honorable mention honorees in 2014. For Appling, who entered MSU as a shooting guard, he earned All-Big Ten honors three straight seasons after developing as a point guard.
Assistant Coach Mike Garland is in his second stint on the Spartan bench, with the 2019-20 campaign marking his 20th season at Michigan State. He returned to East Lansing for the 2007-08 season, having previously served as an assistant at MSU for seven seasons from 1996-2003. In his time at MSU, Garland has helped coach the Spartans to 18 NCAA Tournaments, 10 Big Ten Championships, 6 Big Ten Tournament Championships, 7 Final Fours and one National Championship. In fact, he has been on staff for every Big Ten Championship the Spartans have won under Tom Izzo. He excels in self-scouting and individual player improvement. His instruction led to six Spartans being selected in the NBA Draft during a three-year span from 2000-02. In total, he has worked with 18 Spartans who have been selected in the draft, including eight in the last eight seasons. “Mike is someone who was here through our championship and Final Four runs, and helped build this program from the ground up,” said Izzo at the time of Garland’s return. “Mike has a tremendous passion for coaching and developing relationships with players. He helps instill the toughness necessary to compete at the championship level.”
Recruiting Coordinator Doug Wojcik, a veteran college basketball coach with more than 25 years of experience, has returned to Michigan State as Tom Izzo’s recruiting coordinator. Wojcik spent two years at MSU as an assistant coach and associate head coach and was part of the 2005 Final Four Team. Wojcik spent the 2017-18 season as an assistant at East Carolina and was a special assistant to Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few during the 2015-16 season, helping the Bulldogs win their fourth-straight West Coast Conference title and earn their 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid. Wojcik has nine years of head coaching experience, compiling a career record of 178-121 during stints at the University of Tulsa (2005-12) and the College of Charleston (2012-14), leading four teams into postseason play, averaging 20 wins per season and transitioning both programs to higher-ranked conferences.