In basketball, they say the point guard is an extension of the head coach or the "coach on the floor."
Derek Kellogg, who enters his eighth year on the University of Memphis staff in 2007-08, was just that during his collegiate playing days at UMass under head coach John Calipari. So, when Calipari came to Memphis, he brought his "coach on the floor" at UMass to the sidelines, and it has paid huge dividends for the Tiger program.
In Kellogg's seven seasons in Memphis, he has helped lead the Tigers to seven-straight 20-win seasons and seven-consecutive postseason berths (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 NCAA; 2001, 2002, 2005 NIT). Prior to this recent run, the last time Memphis had seven-straight 20-win seasons was from 1987-93. This current stretch of seven-consecutive postseasons is a first for the Tiger basketball program, breaking the previous mark of six-straight postseason tournaments from 1988-93.
Last year, Kellogg helped lead Memphis to another record-setting campaign. The Tigers won a school-record tying 33 games for a second-straight season (33-4 record) and captured their second-consecutive Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. The back-to-back outright regular season crowns were a first for the Memphis program, and the consecutive tournament championships were the Tigers first since they won two-straight Metro Conference Tournaments in 1984 and 1985. Memphis advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for a second-straight year (2006, 2007), marking the first time in school history that happened.
The 2006-07 Tigers also pulled a first in Conference USA history. Memphis posted a perfect 16-0 regular season mark and captured the league's postseason tournament. The Tigers were the second squad in C-USA history to go 16-0 in the regular season as Cincinnati did so in 1999-2000. That Bearcat team, though, did not win the Conference USA Tournament title. The Tigers received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finished in the top 10 in both national polls (No. 5/AP; No. 7/ESPN-USA Today).
Kellogg also played an integral role in the Tigers' 2005-06 remarkable season. Memphis posted a 33-4 record and won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. The 33 victories set a school single-season record for victories and the conference regular season crown was the Tigers' second in three years. The 2005-06 Memphis squad earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1992. The Tigers finished the season ranked in the top 10 of both national polls (No. 4/AP; No. 6/ESPN-USA Today). Those final rankings were the highest in Memphis basketball history.
Since Kellogg joined the Memphis staff in 2000-01, the Tigers have also won the 2002 National Invitation Tournament championship, claimed a share of the 2004 Conference USA regular season crown and took home the 2002 and 2003 C-USA National Division titles. The Tigers have posted 181 overall victories (25.9 wins per year) and 85 conference wins (12.1 league victories per year) the last seven seasons. The seven years prior to this recent span, the Tigers had 120 total wins and 59 conference victories.
In addition to the 2006 final national rankings, the Tigers also finished the 2003 (No. 19) and 2004 (No. 24) seasons ranked in the final Associated Press poll. Prior to the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, the last time Memphis was ranked in the final polls in consecutive years was the 1984-85 and 1985-86 campaigns.
Kellogg is an off-campus recruiter for the Tigers, and also assists in scouting opponents. His hard work -- especially on the recruiting trail -- has gained him national recognition. In the summer of 2007, Rivals.com listed Kellogg (No. 7 spot) as one of the nation's 10 assistants "ready to move up." A year earlier in 2006, the same web site named Kellogg as one of the nation's top 25 recruiters, and HoopScoop magazine tabbed him as one of the nation's top assistant coaches.
Prior to joining Calipari's staff, Kellogg spent one season at Youngstown State.
In his lone year at Youngstown State, Kellogg was a member of a coaching staff that re-energized a community about Penguin basketball. Youngstown State finished fourth in the Mid-Continent Conference regular season standings, but were in first place in the league before losing their top scorer, Elmer Brown, with seven games left in the regular season.
Youngstown State signed a freshman class which included three top-100 recruits during Kellogg's tenure.
Kellogg joined the Youngstown State staff after two seasons at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The Patriots posted a 19-11 record during the 1998-99 season, captured both the Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament championships and earned an automatic bid to the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
Kellogg began his coaching career at his alma mater, Massachusetts. He was a graduate assistant at UMass for the 1996-97 season.
As a player at Massachusetts, Kellogg played on four Atlantic 10 Conference regular season and tournament championship teams. The Minutemen were just the second team in NCAA history to win four-straight outright season and tournament championships. During his four-year career at UMass under Calipari, the Minutemen were 111-24, including 51-11 in the Atlantic 10, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each year, including the Elite Eight in 1995.
Kellogg was named the team's captain as both a junior and senior. He finished his career ranked fourth at UMass in all-time three-pointers (183) and assists (453), as well as fifth in three-point percentage (38.1) and ninth in steals (134).
Kellogg, 34 (born June 20, 1973), is a 1995 graduate of Massachusetts with a degree in Real Estate/Finance. He married the former Nicole Flory in May of 2005.