Gregg Marshall, Keynote Speaker
Gregg Marshall has built Wichita State University into a monster of the Midwest and, in the process, ascended as one of college basketball’s elite head coaches. The 2014 National Coach of the Year, Marshall has led his teams to 14 NCAA tournaments – reaching the Final Four in 2013. He's one of just nine coaches with 500 wins and .700+ winning percentage at the D-I level. And, under Marshall, WSU has been one of the decade's top programs, winning just shy of 80 percent of its games since the start of the 2010-11 campaign (255-66, .794). Only Gonzaga (.850), Kansas (.811), Duke (.802) and Kentucky (.799) have won at a higher clip.
Marshall is known as a master evaluator and developer of talent, proving adept at spotting talented prospects and developing them into high-level college basketball players, with many moving on to play professionally. In 12 seasons in Wichita, Marshall has produced 35 professionals, including six NBA players – with one, Fred Van Vleet, serving as an integral part of the Toronto Raptors 2019 NBA Title.
His teams play under the motto: “Play Angry,” exemplified by his teams playing with maximum effort, never taking a play off, and never backing down from any opponent. Even when playing against the “blue bloods” of college basketball, playing angry has allowed WSU to not only compete, but has made Wichita State a nationally respected program.