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.
Alanzo Bass was hired as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Holy Cross College in July of 2016. Bass comes to the Saints after serving as an assistant coach at Ancilla College the previous year. Bass’ primary responsibilities with the men's basketball program will be post player development, scouting, and on court coaching.
Bass enjoyed a stellar playing career at IU South Bend where he was a three year letter winner for the Titans after transferring from Lakeland Community College. The two-time all CCAC selection helped lead the Titans to their first 20 win season in school history in 2012. Bass scored 1,001 points and dished out 369 assists over his three years with the Titans.
Prior to his time at IUSB Bass prepped at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, IN where he enjoyed a highly decorated playing career.
The Indianapolis, Indiana native completed his undergraduate degree at IU South Bend.