Coach Martin and requested players met with the area media on Thursday
One of the top strength coaches in the country, Scott Greenawalt begins his sixth season as the strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas State men's basketball team in 2011-12.
Greenawalt has played a major role in helping revitalize the Wildcat program under head coaches Bob Huggins and Frank Martin, which has tallied five consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in school history highlighted by a historic 29-8 record in 2009-10. With his help, K-State has 118 wins the past five seasons, including 50 in Big 12 play, and has advanced to the postseason in five straight seasons for the first time in school history, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
The 118 wins are the most in school history in a five-year span, shattering the previous mark of 107 wins set from 1957-62, while the 50 conference victories are the most since the squad posted 56 from 1971-76. K-State is one of only four Big 12 schools (along with Kansas, Texas and Texas A&M) to total five consecutive 20-win seasons and the Wildcats and Jayhawks are the only teams to finish in the top-4 in the Big 12 and receive a bye at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in each of the past five seasons.
"I will reiterate what Coach Huggins has said about Scott when he hired him," said Martin. "He is by far the best in the business for what he does. I think our success this past season is a direct indication of the job Scott Greenawalt does in the weight room. We don't win 118 games the past four seasons without Scott Greenawalt."
This past season, Greenawalt helped the squad to its unprecedented fifth consecutive 20-win season, including a tie for third place in the always-difficult Big 12, and its third trip to the NCAA Tournament in four seasons. Overall, the Wildcats posted a 23-11 overall record, including a 10-6 mark in league play, and lost to No. 16 Wisconsin in the third round of the Southeast Regional at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. Among the team's 23 wins were six over ranked teams, including the nation's top-ranked squad (No. 1 Kansas) and its first over a Top 10 team (No. 7 Texas) on the road since 1994. The team finished in the Top 25 of both major polls in 2011, including No. 21 in The Associated Press and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll.
Greenawalt was instrumental in one of the school's greatest seasons in 2009-10, as K-State posted a school-record 29-8 overall record, including a Big 12 era high tie for second place in the league standings with an 11-5 mark. The Wildcats advanced to the postseason with their highest-ever seed (No. 2) in the NCAA Tournament en route their first trip to the Elite Eight in more 20 years. In the process, the team knocked off a school-record six ranked opponents, including the first win over a No. 1 team since 1994, and finished the season ranking in the Top 10 for seven straight weeks capped by the school's first final Top 10 ranking since 1973 at No. 7 in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches and Associated Press Top 25 polls.
The record-breaking season came on the heels of a successful 2008-09 season, in which, Greenawalt's efforts in the weight room helped K-State post a 22-12 overall record, including a tie for fourth place in the Big 12 standings with a 9-7 mark. The Wildcats advanced to the postseason for the third consecutive season with an at-large bid (No. 4 seed) to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). The squad defeated Illinois State at home in overtime in the first round before losing to the region's top-seed, San Diego State, in the second round.
During the 2007-08 season, the Wildcats recorded a 21-12 overall record, including a third-place finish in Big 12 play with a 10-6 mark. It marked not only the highest conference finish since the 1987-88 season, but also was the first time the squad has collected 10 or more league victories in back-to-back seasons since the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons. The squad earned an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly 12 years, where the 12-seeded Wildcats defeated fifth-seeded USC, 80-67, to capture its first NCAA Tournament win since 1988 before bowing out in the second round to third-seeded Wisconsin.
In the past five years, Greenawalt has helped coach 10 all-conference players, including unanimous first team selection as well as the 2008 Big 12 Player and Freshman of the Year Michael Beasley as well as two-time First Team All-Big 12 (2010, 2011) pick Jacob Pullen. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Beasley compiled one of the greatest seasons ever by college freshman in NCAA history in 2007-08 en route to becoming just the second consensus first team All-American in school history. Pullen, who became the first player in school history to earn First Team All-Big 12 honors twice, was the 2011 recipient of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Trophy, which is award annually to the nation's best player 6-foot or under by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
In addition, Greenawalt has also helped train second team selections Denis Clemente (twice), David Hoskins, Cartier Martin and Bill Walker, third team honoree Rodney McGruder as well as 2010 Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Jamar Samuels.
In addition to his duties with the men's program, Greenawalt also trains the women's basketball team, which captured the Big 12 regular season championship in 2008 and has advanced to the NCAA Tournaments three times in the last four seasons (2008, 2009 and 2011).
Greenawalt joined the staff as strength and conditioning coach on April 26, 2006 after spending the previous eight years in the strength and conditioning department at Cincinnati, including the last seven as head assistant coach. He began his tenure at the school as a strength training intern in May 1999 before being promoted to assistant in July 2000. He coordinated all the weight training and conditioning for the men's and women's basketball, baseball and volleyball teams, while assisting with the football program.
During his tenure at Cincinnati, Greenawalt helped the men's basketball program post a 144-54 (.727) record with five 20-win seasons and six postseason appearances, including five trips to the NCAA Tournament. He helped train seven professional basketball players, 13 NFL players and current Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkillas in his time with the Bearcats. In addition, he assisted the women's basketball team to a Conference USA Tournament Championship and five postseason appearances, including two NCAA Tournaments, while the women's volleyball squad posted two Conference USA titles, four NCAA Tournaments appearances and six consecutive 20-win seasons.
In his time at Cincinnati, Greenawalt helped design the strength and conditioning center in the new Varsity Village, which included layout and design as well as equipment purchasing with a budget of $1 million.
Prior to Cincinnati, Greenawalt was a graduate assistant football coach and the head strength coach at Ohio Northern in Ada, Ohio from August 1998 to May 1999. He helped the Polar Bears to a 7-3 overall record and a fourth-place finish in Ohio Athletic Conference, while coaching the team's middle linebackers and assisting with special teams.
Greenawalt, 36, earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, in 1998. He was a four-year starter at linebacker for the Muskies from 1993-96, earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors three times and serving as team captain as a senior. Upon graduation, Greenawalt spent a year as assistant football coach at his alma mater (1997-98), working with the squad's inside linebackers and assisting with all aspects of the strength program.
Greenawalt and his wife, Heather, reside in Manhattan with their daughter Cora, who was born on April 16, 2008.