Tom Satran ’94 begins his 15th season as head coach of the Connecticut College men’s basketball program. Satran, an assistant coach on Connecticut College's 1999 NCAA Division III Final Four team, returned to his alma mater after successful stints as an assistant coach at Brown University and New York University. Satran has appeared in over 450 Connecticut College basketball games as a player, assistant coach and Head Coach.
Satran’s teams continue to be competitive in the powerful NESCAC conference, finishing 12-12 in 2015-16 and remain focused on their goal of returning to the NCAA Tournament. His teams appeared in four NESCAC Tournaments in a six-year time frame and won 42 games from 2009-2011. In 2008, Connecticut College posted a 17-8 record, qualified for the NESCAC Tournament and defeated three teams that qualified for the NCAAs. In so doing, the Camels earned a tie for the seventh highest win total in program history.
Satran began his career as an assistant at Connecticut College, where he helped recruit and develop one of the most successful teams in Division III basketball history. In 1998, Connecticut College finished 22-4, earned their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance and subsequent advance to the NCAA Division III "Sweet Sixteen." In 1999, Connecticut College reached the NCAA Division III Final Four, posted an undefeated regular season record, earned a number one national ranking and a number one New England ranking.
At Brown, working for former Connecticut College and current UConn Associate Head Coach Glen Miller, Satran assisted in the development of one of the nation's fastest growing Division I programs. At NYU, Satran participated in all aspects of one of the top programs in Division III and was specifically responsible for coordinating a national recruiting campaign, game preparation and individual player development.
Satran enjoyed an exceptional career as a student-athlete at Connecticut College. As a senior, he was team captain and set a school record for three pointers made in a season. He was also a highly decorated student, earning the Brown/Brooks Award, which is given annually to the outstanding senior scholar-athlete at Connecticut College, the Hanna Hafkesbrink Award for the outstanding student of the humanities, the James Baird Prize for excellence in critical writing and the Lyman Allyn Award in honor of the outstanding student of Art History. He graduated with a double major in English and Art History in May 1994 and earned a Masters of Teaching English from the college in May 1998.
Satran is a fourteen year member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). In 2011, Satran was named as the New England representative to the nominating committee for the NABC Division III All Star game, a post he filled for three years.
Satran is beginning his second year of a three year term on the Athletic Director’s Advisory Committee (ADAC), his second time on the committee. Satran is also a First Year Seminar advisor, partnering with History Professor Bryan Knapp to advise freshmen enrolled in Professor Knapp’s Music and Social Activism class. Coach Satran also runs the college’s Spring Intramural Program.
Satran, 44, lives with his wife Esther P. Wood Satran ‘93 and their daughter Hannah in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. Hannah will be 10 years old in April 2017. Farley, their dog, also has an April birthday and will turn three this spring.