Michael Strickland will join the James Madison men’s basketball staff as Director of Operations for the 2017-18 season, Head Coach Louis Rowe announced.
Strickland has most recently served as an assistant coach for the Irish National Team and has been the operations director and senior recruiting analyst for ScoutsFocus Inc. since 2016. In 2014-15, he held the Director of Operations position at The Citadel and has been an assistant coach at both Tuskegee University (2015-16) and Roanoke College (2012-14).
“I’m very excited to have Michael join our staff moving forward,” Rowe said. “He has been a part of every facet of a basketball team and that experience and knowledge, as well as his familiarity with the Washington, D.C. area, will be invaluable to us this season. He’s excited to join our family and we’re looking forward to getting started this year.”
Prior to his collegiate stops, Strickland held several other positions in the basketball industry. After a four-year playing career at Randolph-Macon, where he earned his degree in Economics in 2010, Strickland was an assistant coach at both Benedictine College Prep in Richmond and Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. He has also been a general manager and skills trainer for Ganon Baker Basketball, Inc. since 2010.
“It is thrilling to have the opportunity to join Coach Rowe and his staff,” Strickland said. “Coach Rowe and I both feel that I can help the Dukes achieve success on and off the court. I’m excited to get back to Virginia and start working at such a great institution in James Madison. I can’t wait to get started and contribute to the JMU family and community.”