Portion of Breslin Center to be named for Tom Izzo

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Tom Izzo

East Lansing – Michigan State is in the process of renovating the Breslin Center, and when the project is complete, a portion will be named in honor of basketball coach Tom Izzo, pending Board of Trustee approval.

The Tom Izzo Hall of History is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017 and is part of a $20 million, multi-faceted project that will include a new ticket box office, a championship display, the Draymond Green Strength and Conditioning Center, a recruiting lounge, alumni locker room and interactive areas that will enhance the fan experience for the more than 500,000 people attending events each year.

The naming of the Tom Izzo Hall of History was made possible by Bob and Julie Skandalaris, who wanted to permanently recognize Izzo as part of their $10 million gift made in 2014. The gift, still the largest single gift ever received by MSU Athletics, provided facility support across football, golf, and basketball programs.

“We believe in the student-athlete experience, not just on the court, but off the court,” Bob Skandalaris, co-chair of Empower Extraordinary, the capital campaign for Michigan State, and 1974 graduate of the Broad College of Business said. “Coaches play such an integral role in the mentorship of students and developing tomorrow’s leaders. We believe it’s appropriate that we honor Coach Izzo in this manner, to recognize the hundreds of lives he’s personally impacted through his guidance, and molding his teams into champions.”

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Izzo, who was inducted this month into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, is set to begin his 22nd season as head coach of the Spartans. He has 524 career victories along with seven Big Ten regular-season championships, five Big Ten Tournament titles, a Big Ten-record 19-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, seven trips to the Final Four, and the 2000 NCAA Championship.

“Tom Izzo exemplifies what we mean when we say ‘Spartans Will’ with his dedication, skill and ability to regularly accomplish the extraordinary,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. “Tom is a truly special ambassador for Team MSU and has magnificently represented the university. We are grateful for Bob and Julie Skandalaris’ leadership and generosity in helping us to honor him.”