What They’re Saying: The Head Coaches on the 2022 Tournament

What They’re Saying: The Head Coaches on the 2022 Tournament

July 21, 2022

Georgia Tech Head Coach Josh Pastner
“We’re excited to participate in the Tip-Off and look forward to being in Fort Myers the week of Thanksgiving. With Utah, Marquette and Mississippi State in our division, we know we’ll be facing high-level opponents. The event will be one of the highlights of our early-season schedule and an important test for our team.”

Marquette Head Coach Shaka Smart
“Our team is excited to make the trip to Fort Myers to compete in this terrific event. We’re looking forward to the challenge presented by the quality field of Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, and Utah.”

Mississippi State Head Coach Chris Jans
“We have drawn a high-quality opponent in Marquette led by a highly respected coach in Shaka Smart. Coach Smart’s teams are always prepared and play extremely hard. The Fort Myers Tip-Off will help prepare us for the rigors of our season and our SEC schedule.”

Utah Head Coach Craig Smith
“We’re excited to compete in the Fort Myers Tip-Off Tournament this year for our MTE during Thanksgiving Week on national television in southwest Florida. We’re looking forward to playing top-level programs like Georgia Tech, Marquette and Mississippi State relatively early on in the season to see where we are at. Intersport has been wonderful to work with and have an excellent reputation for running outstanding events from a team and fan experience. We are pumped for this event.”

Long Island University Head Coach Rod Strickland
“We’re looking forward to participating in the Fort Myers Tip-Off tournament. It’s always exciting to be a part of a tournament around Thanksgiving, and we’re excited to face some top-tier programs and showcase what LIU basketball can do on a bright stage.”

Northern Illinois Head Coach Rashon Burno
“We are very excited to participate in the Fort Myers Tip-Off. I know it will be a great experience for our team to play two quality opponents at a neutral site in a tournament setting. It is also a great opportunity for our fans to travel to an outstanding location, enjoy the warm weather and see some high-level basketball.”

Sam Houston Head Coach Jason Hooten
“We are very excited to be in such a competitive tournament that will really prepare us for league play. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the venue at Fort Myers and how well ran the tournament is by Intersport.”

South Dakota Head Coach Eric Peterson
“We are excited to get down to Florida and compete against a strong field of teams. Intersport has always put on first-class MTEs, with the Fort Myers Tip Off being one of the best out there.”