WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Mike McGarvey '06, a member of the Ursinus College Hall of Fame for Athletes and one of the most decorated student-athletes in the college's history, has been tabbed as the new men's basketball head coach at Lycoming College.
"Thank you to President Kent Trachte and Director of Athletics Mike Clark for this incredible opportunity to lead the Lycoming men's basketball team," McGarvey said in a statement to Lycoming. "I am very excited to continue Lycoming's proud tradition of athletic success while helping to guide our players to reach their full potential on and off the court. On behalf of my wife, Caitlin, and daughter, Finleigh, our family is thrilled to be joining the Lycoming community."
McGarvey's first head coaching opportunity comes after a seven-year stint as an assistant at Division I Colgate, where he furthered the development of nine All-Patriot League honorees, a Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, and a Patriot League Rookie of the Year. This past season, McGarvey helped the Raiders to a historic season as they established a new team record with 19 wins, reached the Patriot League final, and garnered their first national postseason tournament berth since 1996 with a bid to the College Basketball Invitational.
McGarvey stands not only as one of Ursinus' all-time greats, but also as one of the premier men's basketball players in the history of the Centennial Conference. The CC's all-time record-holder in assists (754) and steals (300), he topped the league in assists all four years of his career and ranks second in 3-pointers (272). A two-time CC Player of the Year (2005, 2006) and two-time D3hoops.com All-American (2nd Team in 2006, 4th Team in 2005), McGarvey spurred the Bears to conference championships in 2003, 2005, and 2006, including the only undefeated CC season ever recorded in 2003.
The owner of the three highest single-season assist totals in CC history, McGarvey finished his career with 1,460 points, 754 assists, 368 rebounds, 300 steals, and 272 3-pointers in 111 games. He was a finalist for the Jostens Trophy, awarded annually to honor the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Basketball Outstanding Athletes of the Year, in 2006.
"We are absolutely thrilled for Mike and his family as he takes on this new challenge," said Ursinus men's basketball coach Kevin Small. "Mike has been an excellent assistant for more than a decade, and I have no doubt that that success will continue at Lycoming. He has an incredible knack for developing the entire student-athlete, both on the court and off, and we wish him all the best."
After graduating from Ursinus in 2006, McGarvey came right back to his alma mater as an assistant under Small. For four seasons, McGarvey undertook a significant role in recruiting, scouting, player development, film study, and fundraising, and helped propel Nick Shattuck to All-America honors in 2008.
McGarvey's jersey was retired in 2010 and hangs from the rafters in Helfferich Hall. He was inducted into the Sam Cozen Philadelphia Area Small College Hall of Fame in 2015 and entered the Ursinus College Hall of Fame for Athletes the following year.
McGarvey becomes the first of Small's former players to land a head coaching job in the collegiate ranks. Small's expansive tree is also dotted with a number of collegiate assistants, including Ursinus assistant Will Furey and West Chester assistant J.J. Rapczynski in addition to current high-school head coaches Bret Jenkins (Cinnaminson), Eric Burnett (Phoenixville), T.J. Jones (Cedar Grove), and Jesse Krasna (Council Rock North).