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General Team Information:
NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Past Conferences: Potomac Intercollegiate Conference
City: Baltimore, Maryland
Arena: Physical Education Complex
NCAA Tournaments: 4 (1990, 1993, 1997, 2008)
National Championships – 0
Conference Titles – 11 (1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2021)
Coppin State began its basketball program in the 1964-65 season under coach Dr. Cyril Byron, who may have realized he wasn’t cut out for coaching. Byron left after one season, as the team went 1-14. After three years as an independent school, Coppin State became an NAIA program in 1967–68. John Bates became coach in 1974-75 and the team was 19-7 and followed that up the following season with a 39-2 record and the NAIA championship.
Coppin State made the move to Division I when it joined the MEAC for the 1985-86 season, which turned out to be the last season for Bates as coach. He was replaced by Fang Mitchell for the 1986-87 season. In Mitchell’s fourth season, the Eagles won the MEAC conference tournament, earning the team’s first berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Coppin State returned to the NCAA Tournament in 1992-93 and again in 1996-97, when they upset second-seeded South Carolina in the opening round. It was Coppin State’s only victory over a ranked team. The Eagles are 0-54 in other games against ranked teams. Proving that was no fluke, the Eagles gave Texas everything it wanted in the second round, but the Longhorns were able to escape with an 82-81 win. Coppin State would have been the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16, a feat that was done in 2013 by Florida Gulf Coast and Oral Roberts in 2021.
Coppin State’s final NCAA Tournament appearance was an unlikely one, as the Eagles finished tied for seventh in the conference standings. Two one-point victories in the opening rounds were followed by a pair of two-point wins in the semifinals and finals, as the Eagles won the MEAC Tournament. Coppin State also appeared in the NIT in 1991 and in 1995.
Coppin State Eagles All-Time Records
- Tywain McKee, 2,158
- Reggie Isaac, 1,938
- Larry Stewart, 1,824
- Larry Stewart, 1,052
- Joe Pace, 978
- Larry McCollum, 644
- Larry Yarbray, 622
- Taariq Cephas, 451
- DaJuan Clayton, 419
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