Tim O’Toole enters his first season at Pitt as associate head coach after spending the previous two seasons at Cal. He brings 25 years of collegiate experience, including eight years as a head coach, to the staff and is widely regarded for his ability to develop big men.
“Tim is one of the most energetic and unique coaches in the country,” said head coach Jeff Capel. ”I have always been impressed with his passion for the game and his ability to develop players. Tim has a great deal of coaching experience and will be an integral part of building our program. I am excited about having him on our team.”
In 2017-18, O’Toole was vital to the development of big man Marcus Lee, who averaged 11.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in his first season of eligibility at Cal.
In his first season in Berkeley, O’Toole helped guide Cal to the Pac-12’s best field goal defense and top scoring defense. He was crucial in the development of Cal’s frontcourt, including single-season blocks leader Kingsley Okoroh and Kameron Rooks as well as 2017 NBA second round selection Ivan Rabb.
Prior to his time in Berkeley, he spent three seasons at Stanford, where he helped the Cardinal to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2014 and a National Invitation Tournament championship in 2015.
O’Toole was instrumental in the development of 2014 NBA Draft picks Josh Huestis (No. 29) and Dwight Powell (No. 45) while at Stanford. Huestis was a two-time Pac-12 Defensive Team member and the all-time leading shot blocker in Cardinal history, while Powell was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection and was the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2014. O’Toole also helped secure the commitment of McDonald’s All-America selection Reid Travis during his tenure in Palo Alto.
O’Toole served as the Director of Basketball Operations at Syracuse during the 2012-13 season as the Orange posted a 30-10 record and reached the NCAA Tournament Final Four. He joined Jim Boeheim’s staff after being out of college basketball for six seasons.
While at the helm of his alma mater, Fairfield, from 1998-2006, O’Toole compiled a career record of 112-121. He guided the Stags to one MAAC Tournament championship game appearance, three semifinal appearances and a trip to the 2003 NIT. He coached four MAAC Defensive Player of the Year selections, 12 all-conference performers and three all-rookie team picks during his tenure.
In 2004-05, Fairfield finished 15-15 overall behind all-conference performers Deng Gai and Terrence Todd. Gai, the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, averaged 13.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game, while Todd averaged a team-high 15.9 points per game. Gai went on to play briefly in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers.
O’Toole guided Fairfield to a 19-11 record overall with an 11-5 mark in league play in 2003-04. He was named MAAC Coach of the Year, while Tyquawn Goode was named conference Defensive Player of the Year. Four players averaged double-figures in scoring with Rob Thomson and DeWitt Maxwell earning all-conference honors.
In 2002-03, the Stags posted a 19-12 record with an 11-5 ledger in league play. The 19 wins were the most by the program since the 1995-96 season.Fairfield advanced to the title game of MAAC Tournament before falling to Manhatten. The Stags were selected to play in the 2003 NIT, falling to Boston College, 90-78, in the opening round. Gai was named first team All-MAAC and MAAC Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 12.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game.
Fairfield went 12-17 in 2001-02 with Ajou Deng earning all-conference honors, while Deng Gai garnered all-rookie team and MAAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades.
The Stags were 12-16 in 2000-01 behind all-conference performer Sam Spann.
In his second year at Fairfield, O’Toole guided the team to a 14-15 record overall, including a 10-6 mark in MAAC action. The Stags schedule included trips to Kansas, UNLV, UCLA and Connecticut. Darren Phillip garnered first team all-league honors after averaging 15.9 points and 14.0 rebounds per game.
In his first season, O’Toole saw the Stags average 78.2 points per game as Darren Phillip (16.7 ppg.), Jermaine Clark (16.0 ppg.) and Didier Boucard (14.1 ppg.) combined for 46.8 points per game. Phillip and Boucard were named all-conference, while Clark was selected as the MAAC Rookie of the Year.
Prior to taking over as head coach at Fairfield, O’Toole spent the 1997-98 season as an assistant coach under Tommy Amaker at Seton Hall.
O’Toole spent two seasons with Mike Krzyzewski as an assistant at Duke, culminated by an ACC crown in 1997. He helped secure the No. 1 recruiting class in the country with Elton Brand, Shane Battier, William Avery and Chris Burgess signing to join the program in the fall of 1997.
From 1991-95, O’Toole served as an assistant coach at Syracuse under Jim Boeheim. During his tenure, the Orange earned three NCAA Tournament berths, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 1994, and captured the 1992 Big East title.
O’Toole spent the 1990-91 season at Iona helping the Gaels to the MAAC Tournament title game. The previous season he was an assistant at Army under Les Wothke.
He began his career as a graduate assistant at Fordham in 1987 and spent two years at the school.
A native of White Plains, N.Y., O’Toole earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Fairfield in 1987 and his MBA in finance from Fordham in 1990. Both degrees were put to use in financial planning as managing director for Look Capital, an investment management company, as president of Allied Effort, a motivational consulting company, and as an adjunct professor at Fordham’s Graduate School of Business teaching management, leadership and sales courses.
Honored as the Fairfield Male Athlete of the Year in 1987, O’Toole was a four-year letterwinner in basketball, leading the Stags to a pair of MAAC championships and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. He also competed on the lacrosse team, going undefeated in 1986-87. O’Toole was inducted into the Fairfield Hall of Fame in 2017.
O’Toole and his wife, Joanie have three children, Collin, Jameson and Christine.