Gary Waters Is Cleveland State Basketball Coach

March 21, 2009

Meet Gary Waters, who is the current head coach of the Vikings basketball team at Cleveland State University. See a video and a biography of Gary Waters here.

Waters was a happy man today when the No.13 Cleveland State Vikings beat No.4 Wake Forest 84-69 in the first game of the Midwest Regional in the NCAA tournament. The upset was widely applauded and the Vikings are now concentrating on their second round game with No.12 Arizona.

“What we did was we surprised them,” Gary Waters said. “It took them a while to realize what was occurring out there.”

The coach was quite optimistic about the win, before the game and he also said that he wasn’t at all surprised by it afterwards. What he was happy about was that the margin of the win was 15 points. Point guard Cedric Jackson started the game with two 3-pointers and gave the Vikings the lead that never let go. He ended the game with 19 points and 8 assists. Norris Cole top-scored with 22 points.

The win is being remembered as being equal to the one that came in 1986, over Bobby Knight’s Indiana team. Wake Forest is considered to be one of the best teams and they were No.1 for a week in January after winning their first 16 games. Everyone had better expectations.

“It’s very disappointing,” Jeff Teague said. “We expected to do damage in this tournament. To lose in the first round is hard to take.”

As a biography, Gary Waters was born on August 15th, 1951 in Highland Park, Michigan so he is 57 years old. He played for Ferris State University for two years in 1972 and then started his coaching career as an assistant coach at the same college.

Waters also coached at Rutgers University, guiding the team to the final of the NIT Tournament in 2004. He resigned from the college in March 2006 and was hired by the Vikings in April.

He has been named as the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2000. Just last year, he was named as the Horizon League Coach of the Year.

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