#74…Joe Mihalich. Niagara.


Coach Mihalich, a DC native and alum of LaSalle has found his success in upstate in New York.

The head coach of the Purple Eagles since 1998, he has led them to two NCAA tournaments, recently in 2005 and 2007. Sprinkled in are two NIT trips in 2004 and 2009.

Mihalich received MAAC coach of the year in 1999 and 2005.

Niagara also will return a ton of players to this years team, that finished second to MAAC powerhouse Siena in 2009. Their 2008-2009 season proved that they were not dependent on former star, Charron Fisher who graduated after the 2008 season.

Mihalich at the age of 53, appears content to stay at Niagara, as his contract is in place through 2014.

While it may be another uphill battle to unseat Siena this season, Mihalich’s teams will always compete and if you beat them, you will have earned it. He employs a high octane offense, which will include a lot of three point attempts and often can result in big numbers for star players. Along with Fisher, Juan Mendez finished 2004-05 as the only Division I player in the top 10 in scoring and rebounding. The forward finished third in scoring and 10th in rebounding. In 2003-04, Mendez finished 21st in the country in scoring and James Reaves was 23rd nationally in rebounding. Alvin Young led the nation in scoring during the 1998-99 season and Demond Stewart finished seventh in the nation the following season.

*Credit to Niagara Atheltic Department.


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