Coach Mike McBride begins his 4th season in charge of the Holy Cross College Men's Basketball program this year. In his first year, Coach McBride led the Saints to an impressive 20-win season and their first winning record in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference in program history. McBride has an overall record of 50 wins and 43 losses at Holy Cross.
In the 2015-2016 season, the Saints were able to set the school record for scoring defense. The 2016 senior class will leave the with the most wins in school history over their careers (64). The Saints gave up a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference best 67.37 points per game. The Saints defense also finished top 10 in the nation. The Saints finished with a +3.5 scoring margin, also a single season record. Not only was the Holy Cross defense impressive, but the Saints were one of the top three point shooting teams in the nation. The Saints finished the season shooting 38.9% from three as a team, good for seventh in the nation, and a school record. The Saints 238 three-point field goal makes was a single season record. McBride's Saints also defeated a ranked opponent for the third straight year (#16 Olivet Nazarene).
Coach McBride joined the Saints after 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.
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.
The Jeffersonville, Indiana native played his collegiate career at Marian University 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.
McBride holds memberships in the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Indiana Basketball Coaches Associations, Tennessee Basketball Coaches Association and the Ohio Basketball Coaches Association.
Coach Ellis enters his 4th season on the Saints staff after most recently serving as the Head Boy's Basketball Coach at Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School in Merritt Island, Florida for two seasons. While with Holy Cross, he has helped the Saint amass 50 victories, the most in any three year stretch and numerous defensive records. Ellis' primary roles include post player development, scouting/video editing, recruiting, and overall operations.
In the 2015-2016 season, the Saints were able to set the school record for scoring defense. The 2016 senior class will leave the with the most wins in school history over their careers (64). The Saints gave up a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference best 67.37 points per game. The Saints defense also finished top 10 in the nation. The Saints finished with a +3.5 scoring margin, also a single season record. Not only was the Holy Cross defense impressive, but the Saints were one of the top three point shooting teams in the nation. The Saints finished the season shooting 38.9% from three as a team, good for seventh in the nation, and a school record. The Saints 238 three-point field goal makes was a single season record.
At Edgewood, Ellis led the Indians to their best record in school history during the 2012-2013 season and their first ever play-off victory over Cocoa Beach.
Prior to Edgewood, Ellis was a member of the coaching staff at Tusculum College where he assisted the Pioneers for four seasons.
While with the Pioneers, he assisted with all team operations, including practice and game preparation, strength and conditioning and video coordination. During practice, he assisted with coaching the Tusculum post players and was also responsible for the team’s student assistants and managers.
During the 2008-09 season, Tusculum posted a 20-11 record and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. That team also claimed runner-up honors for in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament. That team followed with a 16-12 worksheet, while last year’s club advanced to the semifinal round of the SAC Tournament.
The Merritt Island High School graduate was a three-year letterman for the Mustangs where he was coached by former Tusculum assistant coach Coleman Flaskamp. His senior squad posted a 20-win season, while advancing to the State Tournament for the first time in 10 years. Merritt Island finished runner-up for the District Championship as Ellis earned the 2006 Mustang Award and served as team captain. During his final prep campaign, he also earned Area Player of the Week honors.
Ellis graduated from Tusculum in May of 2011 and majored in Math Education. He currently resides in South Bend, Ind. with his wife, Krystle.
Coach Schauss enters his 2nd season on the Saints staff after most recently serving as an Assistant Coach and Junior Varsity Head Coach for the Bethel College Pilots, in Mishawaka. Schauss' primary roles include: guard development, scouting/video editing, recruiting, and basketball operations.
In his two years on staff at Bethel, the Pilots had a combined record of 55 wins and 15 losses. In 2013-2014, the Pilots, finishing 28-8, won the Crossroads League Conference Tournament Championship, as well as advancing to the Elite 8 before falling to Midland, 70-76. In 2014-2015, the Pilots were defeated in the conference championship, followed by another NAIA tournament bid, finishing the season at 27-7. In his two seasons at Bethel, the Pilots produced two NAIA All-Americans (Matt Schauss and Clay Yeo), as well as a Crossroads League Player of the Year (Matt Schauss), and multiple NCCAA all-region members.
Schauss completed his eligibility in his only season with the Pilots, after playing three years for Brevard College, an NCAA Division-II school in North Carolina. During his senior year at Bethel he helped lead the Pilots to a Crossroads League Tournament Championship crown. As a freshman at Brevard, Schauss helped lead Brevard to their first ever South Atlantic Conference championship.
In his collegiate career, Schauss scored 915 career points and pulled down 400 career rebounds in 120 games, starting 57 of them. Schauss was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, NCCAA Scholar Athlete, and Academic All-Conference in the Crossroads League, and helped the team earn Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Team status in 2013.
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