WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Mike Maker, who guided the Williams College men's basketball team to three NCAA Div. III Final Fours in six years at the school, has been chosen as the new head coach of men's basketball at Marist College.
Williams will conduct a nationwide search to replace the long-time coach. Maker was introduced today as the new head coach of the Red Foxes at a press conference in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
In just six seasons at Williams, Maker led the Ephs to three Final Fours (2010, 2011 & 2014), an Elite Eight (2013), and an overall record of 147-32, giving him the highest basketball winning percentage (.821) in school history.
"He's done a fantastic job of using basketball as a vehicle for teaching life's larger lessons,'' Williams Director of Athletics Lisa Melendy told the Middletown Times-Herald-Record. "He has high ethical standards and would not compromise those standards for success.''
This past season, the Ephs finished 28-5, reached the National Championship game, and returned to Salem for an unprecedented fourth time in five years. The 2013-14 team ranked in the top 10 in the country in seven statistical categories, including third in free throws made (590), fifth in three-point field goals made (303), and seventh in offensive field goal percentage (50.8%). The Ephs' convincing national semifnial victory or archrival Amherst not only protected their perfect 5-0 all-time record versus the Lord Jeffs in NCAA Tournament play, but also gave Maker a school record 16 NCAA Tournament victories.
Maker was a two-time Glenn Robinson Division III Coach of the Year Finalist and a two-time D3hoops.com Northeast Region Coach of the Year. He was named Basketball Times Co-National Coach of the Year for the 2010-11 season when the Ephs finished 30-2 and reached the national championship game.
Prior to joining the Williams basketball family, Maker assisted current Oregon head coach Dana Altman at Creighton for one season, where the Bluejays advanced to the second round of the NIT. Maker also assisted current Michigan head coach John Beilein for two seasons at West Virginia. During that time, the Mountaineers won the 2007 NIT Championship and advanced to the 2006 NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Maker has 26 years of collegiate coaching experience (17 at the Division 1 level). He is a member of the North Salinas High School Hall of Fame and was a two-year captain and honorable mention All Coast Conference selection at Hartnell College. While at California Baptist College, he earned Academic All America honors and was a two year captain. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. Maker completed his Master of Arts degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University in 1990.