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Indiana Poaches Key Michigan State Assistant Coach

The Indiana alum is headed home to join the new coaching regime

Ohio State v Michigan State Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

The Michigan State Spartans’ former associate head coach Dane Fife has joined Mike Woodson’s staff as an assistant coach with the Indiana Hoosiers.

Fife is an alumnus of Indiana University and played on the men’s basketball team from 1998-2002. Fife helped lead the Hoosiers squad to the 2002 national title game, the last time the program has advanced past the Sweet Sixteen, and also collected a share of the regular-season Big Ten Conference Championship.

Fife is the Indiana career leader with 180 steals over the course of his career in crimson and cream. He recorded 53 as a senior which continues to rank tied for the eighth-best in a single-season.

Fife, a native of Clarkston, Michigan, joined the MSU staff back in 2011 following stints as a graduate assistant with Indiana (2003-2005) and as head coach with the IPFW Mastodons (2005-2011). During his tenure with MSU, the Spartans made two Final Fours, three Elite Eights, and five Sweet Sixteens while appearing in the NCAA tournament every season. The Spartans also won four Big Ten Tournaments and four Big Ten Conference Titles. Fife had been an instrumental part of Michigan State’s scouting and recruiting efforts. He was named associate head coach prior to the 2018-19 season, after working seven years as an assistant coach.

Fife has reportedly agreed to a $375,000 per year, two-year contract with the Hoosiers. He will also earn an annual retention bonus of $25,000.