RECORD: 147-32 (.821*), SIX YEARS
*HIGHEST WINNING PERCENTAGE IN SCHOOL HISTORY
2014 – FINAL FOUR (NATIONAL FINALIST)
2013 – ELITE EIGHT
2011 – FINAL FOUR
2010 – FINAL FOUR (NATIONAL FINALIST)
In just six seasons as the head basketball coach at Williams College, Mike Maker has 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.
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.
The 2013 Ephs finished 26-5 and reached the Elite Eight, culminating in Maker being named D3hoops.com Northeast Region Coach of the Year and a Glenn Robinson Division III Coach of the Year Finalist. Statistically, the Ephs ranked in the top 10 nationally in four categories, including fourth in offensive field goal percentage (50.8%).
The 2011 Purple Cows finished 29-3 and made a return trip to Salem and the Final Four, giving the Ephs an eye-opening 59-5 record over a two-year period, and making Maker a Glenn Robinson Division III Coach of the Year Finalist. Along the way, the Ephs ranked in the top five nationally in five statistical categories, including a #2 ranking in defensive field goal percentage (37.3%).
Maker's 2010 Ephs went 30-2, reached the NCAA Championship game, set a school record for consecutive wins (21), tied a school record for most regular season wins (23), and led the nation in four statistical categories: winning percentage (93.8%), offensive field goal percentage (52.6%), three point field goal percentage (46.1%), and scoring margin (19.6). As a result, Maker was named Basketball Times Co-National Coach of the Year, D3hoops.com Northeast Region Coach of the Year, and NESCAC Coach of the Year.
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.
Maker and his wife Erica reside in Williamstown with their son Jack.