Dane Fife hired at Michigan State

Updated: April 20, 2011, 3:50 PM ET
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has hired Dane Fife as an assistant coach.

The former Indiana player was 18-12 last season at IPFW in his sixth year as coach of the program. Fife was hired at IPFW in 2005, making him Division I basketball's youngest head coach at 25 years old.

Fife's brother, Dugan, played for the Wolverines during the Fab Five era at Michigan, and his father, Dan, also played for Michigan.

Izzo says his relationship with Fife dates to recruiting him at Clarkston High School, adding he's happy to finally get him to Michigan State.

A spot on Izzo's bench opened up when Northern Illinois hired Mark Montgomery last month.

Fife said he was thankful for the opportunity to coach at IPFW, as well as the chance to join Izzo's staff.

"I'm giving up a lot, but gaining a ton in return," he said in a statement released by Michigan State. "At this point in my life, the opportunity to be a part of an unbelievable staff and operation is simply one I could not turn down."

In six years at IPFW, Fife's teams went 82-97, including a 34-27 record the past two seasons.

Information from The Assocaited Press was used in this report.

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