|Alma Mater:||Wisconsin-Eau Claire|
Eric Konkol joined the University of Miami men's basketball program in April of 2011.
In 2014-15 Konkol enters his fourth season at the University of Miami and 11th as a member of head coach Jim Larranaga's staff. He assists in all aspects of the program including recruiting, practices, individual player workouts and game preparation.
Konkol aided the 2013-14 Hurricanes team to a 17-16 overall record while finishing 7-11 in conference play. The 2013-14 Hurricanes had no returning starters from the previous season, but the defensive intensity remained, as the team ranked No. 2 in field goal defense and No. 3 in scoring defense in the ACC, and good enough for No. 11 and No. 39 nationally. The Canes consistently found themselves in close games, sending five to overtime and 13 were decided by five points or less. Returning just 13 percent of the team’s scoring and 15 percent of the team’s rebounding from a year ago, the Canes won five of the last eight contests to post a seventh-straight winning season. Five Hurricanes graduated from the basketball program for the second-straight season.
In his second season at Miami, Konkol and the Canes saw many firsts in program history, including the Canes ACC regular season and tournament championships, a No. 2 ranking in national polls and 29 total victories, with 15 league wins, in a season. The Canes matched program bests in earning a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and playing in the Sweet 16.
Konkol, the team’s offensive coordinator, helped lead Miami to four 20+ point wins over ACC opponents, including a 27-point rout of No. 1 Duke and victories against North Carolina (+26), Florida State (+24) and Boston College (+22). Miami was the first team to beat Duke and UNC by 25+ points since the start of ACC play in 1953 and the Canes defeated three teams in the Top 20 for the first time since joining the ACC in 2004-05.
Konkol worked daily with ACC and Lute Olson National Player of the Year and All-American Shane Larkin, who left UM after his sophomore season to enter the 2013 NBA Draft. Larkin was a finalist for the Bob Cousy, Naismith and John R. Wooden awards and named the ACC tournament MVP. Konkol also improved the games of ACC Defensive Player of the Year Durand Scott and All-ACC performer Kenny Kadji, as well as ACC All-tournament players Julian Gamble and Trey McKinney Jones.
All six seniors on the Sweet 16 team earned academic degrees from the University of Miami and one player was listed on the All-ACC Academic Team.
In Konkol's first year in Coral Gables, UM teetered on the edge of The Dance bubble, then went 1-1 in the ACC Tournament and ended up in the NIT, defeating Valparaiso, but falling to Minnesota, the eventual NIT Championship runner-up.
Konkol helped the Canes to nine conference wins, the first time Miami has posted a winning record in ACC play since joining the conference for the 2004-05 season. The Canes ended the season tied for fourth in the ACC, another program-best accomplishment.
On Feb. 5, 2012, the Hurricanes did what no other UM hoops team had done when they went into Cameron Indoor Stadium and defeated No. 7/5 Duke. The Canes downed the Blue Devils 78-74 in overtime that afternoon, led by 27 points and 12 rebounds from Reggie Johnson, and received votes in the next AP Poll for the first time since 2010. Gaining momentum, Miami then beat No. 15/16 Florida State at home in front of a packed house, UM's first win over FSU since 2009.
Three players earned postseason recognition for 2011-12, as Kenny Kadji was selected to the All-ACC Third Team, Durand Scott was voted an honorable mention performer and Shane Larkin earned a spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Konkol previously worked with Larranaga at George Mason from 2002-03 through 2004-05 and 2007-08 through last season, helping to develop 12 All-ACC selections, five CAA All-Rookie honorees and 16 professional players. In the interim, he spent two years coaching at national power Hopkins High School in Minnesota under Ken Novak, Jr. - who was named 2011 ESPN RISE National Boy's Basketball Coach of the Year - and had a short stint on the coaching staff at North Dakota State.
Since rejoining Larranaga's staff, he helped guide the Patriots to four-straight postseason appearances for the first time in Mason history - including NCAA berths in 2008 and 2011. In 2011, the team defeated Villanova to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, earned a regular-season CAA title and posted a school-record tying 27 wins. In 2009, he helped Mason to an NIT bid and its second-straight 20-win season, and in 2008, Konkol helped the Patriots to their second-highest win total in school history as they beat nationally-ranked Kansas State and won the CAA title for the first time since 2001. The Patriots also advanced to the NIT in 2004.
Designated as the team's "offensive coordinator" at Mason, Konkol oversaw the 2011 offense that ranked 27th nationally in efficiency (kenpom.com) and ranked among the NCAA's leaders in three-point field goal percentage (11th, 39.5 percent), field goal percentage (26th, 47.1 percent) and assist to turnover ratio (26th, 1.28).
In addition, Konkol was responsible for coordinating Mason's schedule, which was pivotal to the Patriots earning just their second at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 - and just the fifth at-large invitation for a CAA squad.
He served as Mason's scouting director from 2002-05 and helped recruit the top non-BCS recruiting class in 2009 according to ESPN.com. Additionally, he monitored the academic progress of the men's basketball student-athletes, graduating 20 of 22 student-athletes who completed their eligibility - with two more students set to graduate in May 2011. In both 2009 and 2010, the program was recognized by the NCAA with an Academic Progress Rate in the nation's top 10 percent.
Konkol previously worked on Buzz Peterson's staff as a student assistant for NIT champion Tulsa in 2000-01 and as a graduate administrative assistant at Tennessee in 2001-02, earning a master's degree in sport management. For the Vols, he assisted in film breakdown and statistical analysis of games, practices and individual workouts, co-directed Tennessee's summer basketball camps and coaches' clinics, organized the recruiting database and mailing system, and put together for the official basketball newsletter.
A native of Amherst, Wis., Konkol is a 2000 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, with an emphasis in exercise management. He played three seasons of basketball for the Division III program - advancing to the national championship game in 2000. He received the team's Inspiration Award after his junior and senior seasons with the Blugolds, and was an honorary captain as a senior. Konkol shot 40.8 percent from the field, including 40.6 percent from three-point range, and hit 89.7 percent from the line for his career.
He spent his first two years, including one redshirt season, at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville playing for current Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan. A 1995 graduate of Amherst High School, he was a three-sport athlete (basketball, baseball and cross country) and closed his prep career at the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,871 points.
Konkol and his wife Meagan, have two sons, Ethan and Ryan.