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Head Men's and Women's Basketball Coach and Assistant Intramural/Recreation Director

grinder@pitt.edu
814-428-3149

Biography

 

Mike enters his fourth year at Pitt Titusville. This will be Mike’s fourth season coaching the women’s team, and his second coaching the men’s team. Mike’s teams are known for playing an up-tempo attack.

This past season, Mike was appointed head coach of the men’s team, and matched the team’s overall wins total from 2014-17 seasons, in just one season. The men’s team finished fourth in conference; the highest finish in school history. Under Mike, the team set numerous records on the offensive side, averaged 96.5 ppg, and tremendously increased the team’s GPA. 

Men’s team school records:

·     121-points in a game

·     75-points scored in a half

·     27-3 pointers made in a game 

·     65-3 pointers attempted in a game 

The men’s team has produced three WPCC All-Academic Conference players, and two first team All-Conference members under Mike. Two players have moved on to play, one at the NAIA level, and another overseas in the Spanish EBA.

Last year, the women’s team finished second overall in the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC). It was their highest finish in conference since 2006. The team boasted a season scoring average of 82.3 ppg and set numerous records on the offensive side. 

Women’s team school records: 

·     114-points in a game 

·     44-points scored in a quarter

·     15-3 pointers made in a game 

The women’s team has produced eleven WPCC All-Academic Conference players and three first team All-Conference members under Mike. Two players have moved on to play at the NCAA DIII level. 

Prior to coming to Pitt Titusville, Mike helped cofound and establish Admirals Basketball Academy in the Republic of Moldova. The focus of the academy was holistic development of athletes. He spent time mentoring a half dozen younger coaches, and helped with youth basketball practices. 

The Admirals participated both in the Men’s Senior league, and U18 Championships under Mike. U18 Boy’s went 40-1 over a two-run in the U18 National Championship. The Admirals produced seven junior national players for the U18 and U20 teams of Moldova. Mike also ran nine US Embassy camps in Moldova called, ‘Building Bridges Through Basketball’.

Mike also spent two years coaching and doing basketball development with the Palestinian Basketball Federation, leading Orthodox Bethlehem to 3rdplace in the Palestinian Super league.

He was also the coach at Jerusalem School Bethlehem, in which the boys’ team went on to win the Israeli Peace League Championship. They were the first Palestinian high school team to win this championship.

Prior to coaching, Mike played professional basketball for five years in Palestine, Guatemala, and Macedonia.

He played collegiate basketball at Gordon College, NCAA DIII for two-years, then transferred to Simpson University, NAIA DII, where he played and graduated with a B.A. in Youth Ministry. 

Mike resides in Titusville with his wife Shannon and their two boys Josiah and Evan.