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(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Holy Cross College Athletics Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Mike McBride to lead the Saints men's basketball program. McBride will become the third coach in the history of Holy Cross men's basketball and serve as the Assistant Director of Athletics in charge with Operations.
"First of all, I'm very blessed and excited with the opportunity to be a part of the future growth of Holy Cross College as a whole, and in the athletics department," said McBride. "I grew up in Catholic institutions throughout my schooling so I believe coming to Holy Cross will be very familiar to me."
The familiarity with working at a small institution was very appealing to McBride throughout the process.
"I really thought things fell into place with not only the mission of the school, but my experiences with working in similar smaller institutions," continued McBride. "I really feel the school has a lot to sell, and I look forward to expanding the profile. Overall, I'm very excited to get to campus and get things started."
Coach McBride will join the Saints after completing his fifth season as the Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach at Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee where he was deeply involved in all phases of the program. From daily practice planning and coaching to game preparation in decision-making, McBride played a key role in the program's daily operation. During his time at Tusculum, the team earned a national ranking, competed in the top of the South Atlantic Conference, and earned the school's first ever at-large berth in the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
Prior to coaching at Tusculum, McBride served as the Associate Head Coach at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana from 2004-2007. While at IUS, McBride was involved in all phases of the program with an added emphasis in implementing the offensive system and developing post players. Additionally, McBride was extensively involved in practice planning, as well as game preparation and coaching. During his three years at Indiana University Southeast, the program experienced the most successful three-year span in the history of IUS basketball. Over this period, they accumulated a record of 79-22, including two regular season and tournament titles in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. That success led to multiple appearances in the NAIA Division II National Tournament. During his three seasons at IUS, McBride mentored eight All-Conference selections.
As a collegiate coach, Coach McBride has served as the recruiting coordinator at both Indiana University Southeast and Tusculum College.
"I have an extensive set of contacts throughout the Midwest and Southeast that I have developed both as a college assistant and head high school coach," said McBride. "It is my intention to fully utilize those contacts, as well as the numerous benefits of the college, to attract student athletes of high character, academic standing and basketball ability."
In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, Coach McBride served as the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Tipton High School in Indiana for four seasons where he took on the task of rebuilding the basketball program. During the 2001 season, he guided the Blue Devils to the Class 2A Taylor Sectional Championship; their first title in over a decade.
His first stint as a collegiate coach came at Eastern Kentucky University during the 1999-2000 season, preceded by three years as head boys' varsity coach at Eminence (Ind.) High School. From 1997-1999, he also served the dual role as basketball coach and athletic director.
"I really enjoyed my time as Athletic Director at Eminence High School," McBride said regarding his dual position at Holy Cross. "I feel like I'm a very organized person who can handle multiple tasks. There are also a lot of administrative tasks that fall into coaching which I think will help prepare me for the dual role at Holy Cross."
The Jeffersonville, Indiana native played his collegiate career at Marian College where he was an All-Conference standout (1995-1996) and was twice named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court (1994-1996). A 1996 graduate of Marian University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, McBride lettered three seasons with the Knights and served as team captain during his senior season.
Coach McBride has also worked a number of basketball camps and clinics, serving as director of IUS Basketball Camp, Tipton Summer League, Tipton High School Basketball Camp and the Tipton Fall Development Camp. He has also worked with the Bloomington Red AAU Program, Five Star Basketball Camp and the Indiana University Basketball Camp.
"We're excited about Coach McBride joining the staff," said Holy Cross Director of Athletics Aimee Niespodziany. "The experience he brings from a small private institution will be very beneficial to what we have at Holy Cross. His basketball experience at a number of different levels should help bring a unique approach to our team and help build on the prior success of the program."
Niespodziany was also pleased to find a candidate with previous experiences involved at the administrative level.
"The experience he brings as a former Athletic Director at the High School level will bring an administrative backing to the position that we strongly feel will help us our department continue to grow."
McBride holds memberships in the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Indiana Basketball Coaches Associations, Tennessee Basketball Coaches Association and the Ohio Basketball Coaches Association.
On behalf of Holy Cross College and the Department of Athletics, we'd like to formally welcome Coach McBride to the Holy Cross family!
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