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Marist hires Mike Maker; all D-I coaching spots now filled

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

I refuse to use a "meet your Maker," lede here, so let's get right to it: Marist has hired Mike Maker as its head coach.

The Red Foxes had to replace Jeff Bower in the 11th hour because Bower was hired away to work with the Detroit Pistons earlier this spring. Maker has a recent track record of success in Division III. He coached Williams College to a 147-32 mark in the past six years and made two D-III national title games.

"We believe Mike Maker is a great fit for Marist,” school AD Tim Murray said. “Mike has a terrific track record as a head coach, and strong experience at different levels of Division I. He's worked under proven coaches and quality people. I know he will put his heart and soul into establishing a successful Marist basketball program.”

Maker has been coaching for two and a half decades; he has been on the D-I sidelines for 17 of his 26 seasons. Maker previously spent time at Creighton, West Virginia, Samford and Dartmouth.

"It is with great pride and humility that I accept the head men's basketball coaching position at Marist College,” Maker said in a statement. “Together, our staff and players will embrace the overall mission of Marist and recognize the responsibility we share to represent our institution, program and community, on and off the court, with class, enthusiasm and excellence. We will implement a team first approach and unique style of play that highlights character, intelligence and skill, a direct reflection of our student body as a whole.”

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