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Joe Mihalich

Joe Mihalich
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Hofstra
Biographical details
Born (1956-08-29) August 29, 1956 (age 57)
Washington, D.C.
Playing career
1974–1978 La Salle
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
DeMatha Cath. HS (asst.)
La Salle (asst.)
Accomplishments and honors
MAAC Tournament Championship (2005, 2007)
MAAC Regular Season Championship (1999, 2005, 2013)
MAAC Coach of the Year (1999, 2005, 2013)
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Joe Mihalich is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at Hofstra University.[1]

Mihalich was named head coach on April 10, 2013. Prior to that, he led Niagara to two NCAA tournaments, in 2005 and 2007, and three National Invitation Tournament, in 2004, 2009 and 2013.[2]

He received the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award in 2013.


Assistant Coach


Mihalich spent 17 years, from 1981-1998, at his Alma Mater as an Assistant Coach under Head Coaches Dave “Lefty” Ervin and the legendary William “Speedy” Morris. [3] Mihalich was a part of 8 postseason appearances including 5 NCAA Tournament teams. Mihalich coached several players at La Salle who would go on to play professionally in the National Basketball Association (NBA); including Simmons, Doug Overton, Randy Woods and Tim Legler. [4]

Head Coach


Mihalich took his first head coaching opportunity by the horns and became the most steady program in the MAAC, earning a slew of honors, awards and postseason appearances in his 15 years at the helm of Niagara. At Niagara Mihalich amassed 265 victories making the NIT in 2003, 2008, and 2012 winning a game over Troy State in 2003. Mihalich's Niagara squads made the NCAA Tournaments in 2004 and 2006 winning a game versus Florida A & M in 2006. [5] Mihalich's teams are known for their up-tempo style scoring 70 points per game in nine of the last 10 seasons. Mihalich himself said "I played for Paul Westhead in college, coached with Morgan Wooten and Speedy Morris I think the up-tempo style is fun. Fun to play that way, fun to coach that way, it’s fun to watch." [6] This up-tempo, fun to watch style has earned Mihalich accolades to numerous to fully list however a few of his honors are; MAAC Coach of the Year in his first season at Niagara (1998-99), 2008 NABC District Coach of the Year, 2005 United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) District II Coach of the Year, 2007 Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) Coach of the Year Award, and 2013 MAAC Coach of the Year Award. [7]


A year of turmoil on and off the court led to Head Coach Mo Cassara being relieved of duties on March 22, 2013. After a nationwide search, on April 10, 2013, Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz and Athletic Director Jeffrey Hathaway announced the hire of Joe Mihalich. Mihalich brought over to his staff Assistant Coaches Mike Farrelly and Shane Nichols from Niagara. Mihalich later added Hofstra legend Craig "Speedy" Claxton as Special Assistant to the Head Coach.


External links

  • Hofstra bio
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