In this week's segment of "Meet Our Coaches", we are featuring Head Men's Basketball Coach Mitch Oliver.
In 2019-20, Albertus posted its ninth consecutive 20-plus win season, going 22-5 overall and claiming the second seed in the GNAC Tournament. The Falcons made it to their ninth consecutive GNAC Championship game. Albertus posted high-profile wins over then-No. 22 WPI (71-60), York (Pa.) (76-73), and Coast Guard (103-95), all of which appeared in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Albertus represented themselves well nationally, as they ranked top 10 in the country in free-throw attempts (4th - 721), offensive rebounds per game (4th - 16.3), free throws made (7th - 496), steals per game (7th - 10.9), total rebounds per game (7th - 43.89), total steals (7th - 294), scoring offense (8th - 90.9), and turnovers forced (9th - 19.2).
How many years have you been coaching?
25 years (13 at AMC)
What sport(s) have you coached?
What is your favorite thing about being a coach?
Seeing players develop on and off the court over their years and forming lifelong bonds as a family. They are creating memories as they work together to accomplish common goals and I love seeing them return after graduation with pride as successful adults.
What sport do you coach at Albertus?
What attracted you to Albertus Magnus College?
An opportunity to build a local program from scratch and form a consistent championship winner after a lot of people told me it couldn't be done.
What is your favorite coaching memory at Albertus Magnus?
So many great memories…after winning our first conference championship…probably winning our first NCAA Tournament game at the buzzer against Top Ranked William Paterson University.
Favorite Sports Team: ALL NYC…Knicks, Yankees, Giants, Rangers
Favorite TV Show: Tie between Sopranos and Power
Favorite Pre-Game Song: I leave that to the players…that's their time…I guess I would tell them to throw in some old school stuff like Rakim.
Do you have any special talents, or a surprising thing that someone might not know about you?
Might not know that I coached WBB Coach JR Fredette in High School.
What is one of your hobbies?
How are you staying active at home?