On the latest episode of 13, Colgate Men’s Basketball Head Coach Matt Langel talks about leading a Division I basketball team, defeating Syracuse twice in a row, and building a culture of excellence.
Langel has led the Raiders to three NCAA tournament appearances since being named Colgate’s 20th men’s basketball coach in 2011. Coach Langel is the winningest coach in Colgate University Men’s Basketball history, and during his tenure, he has mentored two Patriot League Players of the Year, two Patriot League Defensive Players of the Year, two Patriot League Rookies of the Year, more than 20 All-Patriot League picks, six Patriot League All-Rookie selections, eight All-District honorees, and an Associated Press All-American honorable mention.
Langel is also the first coach in Patriot League men’s basketball history to earn three consecutive Coach of the Year awards in 2018, 2019, and 2020. In each of those seasons, Colgate also set program records for single-season wins. Nearly 20 former players for Coach Langel have played professional basketball.
Langel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also played Division I basketball, finishing his collegiate basketball career with 1,191 points and 201 three-pointers, 11th in Ivy League history. After graduating, Langel played professional basketball for several teams in Europe before returning to the states and becoming one of Penn’s assistant basketball coaches. He then served as an assistant coach at Temple before joining the Colgate Raiders in 2011.
Each episode of 13, Colgate’s award-winning podcast, digs into the work of a University community member by asking questions. Episodes highlight the wide array of academic disciplines at Colgate, with interviews featuring faculty from political science, sociology and anthropology, physics and astronomy, women’s studies, English, Africana and Latin American studies, and many more.
Previous episodes of 13 have featured: John Golden ’66, C.J. Hauser, Carmine Di Sibio ’85, P’18,’21, Rebecca Shiner, Mark Shiner, Rebecca Downing, Mark Divine ’85, Niranjan Davray, Peter Klepeis, Dan Joseph, Andres Guhl, Marietta Cheng, Jessica Graybill, Lyosha Gorshkov, Masha Hedberg, Valerie Morkevičius, Nancy Ries, Daniel Bertrand Monk, Peter Balakian, Sam Rosenfeld, DeWitt Godfrey, Esther Rosbrook, Rebecca Shiner, Dawn LaFrance, Brittney Dorow ’17, Mari Prauer, Carolyn Guile, Nancy Ries, Joanna Holvey-Bowles, Martin Wong, Pamela Gramlich, Dorsey Spencer Jr., Danielle Nied, Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar, F. Scott Kraly, Kerra Hunter, Joe Levy, Nicki Moore, Ken Valente, Sarah Keen, Daniel Benton ’80, Laura H. Jack, Carrie Keating, Robert Kraynak, Dan Gough, Jennifer Tomlinson, Ana Jimenez, Alicia Simmons, Juan Fernando Ibarra Del Cuentro, Karen Harpp, Kwazi Konadu, Paul McLoughlin II, Anthony Aveni, Robert Garland, Ryan Hall, Craig Hatkoff ’76, Susan Thomson, Nick Kokonas ’91, Jessica Graybill, Brian W. Casey, Jeff Bary, Jennifer Brice, Ellen Percy Kraly, Danielle Lupton, Ynesse Abdul-Malak, Nimanthi Rajasingham, and John Pumilio.