Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Mike Maker
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Califonia Baptist
Graduating Year: 1988
Experience: 2 Years

Mike Maker was hired as the 11th head coach in Marist men’s basketball history on June 17, 2014. The 2016-17 season will be his third at Marist.

In the 2015-16 season, Maker's first recruiting class took shape as freshmen accounted for over 50 percent of the team's points, minutes played, and starts. Freshman guard Brian Parker set the program's Division I record for freshman points, and his .514 field-goal percentage was the highest of any freshman in the country. Parker was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team. Khallid Hart was named Second Team All-MAAC and ranked 25th in the nation in scoring. Marist went 7-23 overall, and 4-16 in MAAC play.

In Maker's first season at Marist, the Red Foxes went 7-25 overall and 5-15 in MAAC play while having to overcome numerous injuries. Marist went 6-7 from Jan. 25 until the end of the season, swept the Niagara-Canisius trip for the first time in the program's 18 years in the conference, had a four-game winning streak, and defeated Quinnipiac in the opening round of the MAAC Championships. Under Maker's guidance, Chavaughn Lewis became the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,119 career points, and earned an invitation to the Philadelphia 76ers' Summer League team.

In his previous position, Maker posted an impressive record of 147-32 (.821) in six years as head coach of Williams College. During his tenure at Williams, the Ephs reached the Final Four on three occasions, including two berths in the Division III national championship game. His 16 NCAA Tournament victories at Williams are a school record.

Maker led Williams to a berth in the 2014 Division III national championship game for the second time in five seasons. The Ephs posted a record of 28-5 overall, and ranked in the nation’s top 10 in seven statistical categories.

At Williams, Maker won at least 17 games in all six seasons, and won at least 26 games four times. In 2010, the Ephs reached the Division III national championship game, finished 30-2, set a school record with 21 straight wins and led the nation in four statistical categories. That season, Maker was named Basketball Times Co-National Coach of the Year, Northeast Region Coach of the Year and NESCAC Coach of the Year.

Following a second straight trip to the Final Four in 2011, Maker was a finalist for Glenn Robinson Division III Coach of the Year. In 2013, he was named Northeast Region Coach of the Year, and was a finalist for Glenn Robinson Division III Coach of the Year after an Elite Eight appearance.  

Maker comes to Marist with 26 years of coaching experience, including 17 as an assistant at the Division I level. Prior to becoming head coach at Williams, Maker worked under current Oregon head coach Dana Altman at Creighton in the 2007-08 season, during which the Bluejays reached the second round of the NIT. Maker served as an assistant at West Virginia under head coach John Beilein from 2005-07. The Mountaineers reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2006, and won the Postseason NIT in 2007. West Virginia posted a record of 49-20 in his two seasons there.

Before arriving at West Virginia, Maker had a three-year stint as assistant coach at Samford (2002-05) under head coach Jimmy Tillette. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at Dartmouth (1991-2002), where he earned the title of associate head coach, and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and director of scouting.

Maker’s first head coaching position came during the 1990-91 season, when he guided the Hartnell College women’s basketball program. He started his coaching career as assistant coach and head junior varsity coach at his alma mater, California Baptist, from 1988-90.

A native of Salinas, Calif., Maker is a member of the North Salinas High School Hall of Fame. He began his collegiate playing career at Hartnell College (1984-86), where he was a two-year captain, an honorable mention all-conference selection and earned an associate of arts degree in general education. He then played at California Baptist College (1986-88), where he was once again a two-year captain and earned Academic All-America honors. Maker graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from California Baptist in 1988, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University in 1990. 

Maker and his wife Erica are the parents of a four-year-old son, Jack.

Year Overall MAAC Result
2015-16 7-23 4-16  MAAC Opening Round
2014-15 7-25 5-15  MAAC Quarterfinals
Total 14-48 9-31  


Postseason Accolades Earned Under Maker

Second Team All-MAAC (2): 2015-16 - Khallid Hart; 2014-15 - Chavaughn Lewis.

MAAC All-Academic Team (5): 2015-16 - James Griffin; 2014-15 - Kentrall Brooks, Nick Colletta, Manny Thomas, Tourron Whitfield.