Marist Releases Mike Maker
Marist College has relieved Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Maker of his head coaching position.
The announcement made by Marist Director of Athletics Tim Murray comes just four days after the Men’s Basketball team lost 71-57 in the opening round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships to Fairfield University.
Maker reflected upon the season in a press conference following the team’s loss.
"It was a frustrating day for us...it's just a disappointing finish," said Maker. "We've only won six games, but our team has been resilient all season long. We've had a lot of heartbreaking losses."
“I know we have to win more. That responsibility falls on my shoulders. We haven’t been able to do that,” said Maker. “So, we have a lot of work to do.”
"I have the utmost respect for Mike in the way he led our men's basketball program," Murray stated. "From the day he stepped on campus, Mike guided our program with class and integrity. The program accurately represented our expectations in the classroom and community, but ultimately we had to make a decision that was in the long-term best interest of the team."
The Men’s Basketball team finished its season with a 6-25 record overall and 4-14 in conference play - tied with Sienna for the worst record in the MAAC.
Marist Men’s Basketball's record is 28-97 overall and 18-60 in the MAAC from 2014-2018 since Maker has held the head coach’s position.
Maker was hired as the 11th head coach in program history in 2014. Prior to Marist, Maker had 26 years of coaching experience, including 17 as a Division I assistant. Maker was also the head coach at Williams College from 2009-2014 - a Division III college in Massachusetts.
Maker posted an impressive record of 147-32 in his six seasons as head coach of Williams. His teams reached the Final Four on three occasions, including two berths in the Division III national championship game. His 16 NCAA Tournament victories at Williams are a school record.
Marist's last winning season came in 2007-2008, where the team finished 18-14 under head coach Matt Brady.
According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, Marist was among the worst in the nation this season in several key statistical categories.
Out of 351 Division I teams entering Monday, Marist was ranked:
- 333rd in points allowed
- 333rd in scoring margin
- 336th in assist-to-turnover ratio
- 344th in turnover margin
- 301st in rebounding margin
- 344th in steals per game
- 295th in blocks per game
- 292nd in assists per game
A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately. Marist will seek to hire its fifth head coach in just 12 seasons.