Hofstra’s Joe Mihalich Receives Contract Extension

Hofstra University Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway announced today a contract extension for Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Mihalich.

“Joe continues to be an outstanding coach, educator and valued member of the Hofstra community, and we are excited that his successful tenure at Hofstra will continue,” commented Hathaway. “The Hofstra Men’s Basketball program, under Coach Mihalich’s leadership, has continued its strong showing both in the classroom and on the court. We look forward to continuing to build upon the solid foundation that Joe has put in place. Our goals continue to be the graduation of our student-athletes and a return to the NCAA Tournament. I appreciate President Rabinowitz’s support of this extension as well as the input and concurrence of incoming Director of Athletics Rick Cole.”

“Being part of the Hofstra family is so special to me and my family and I am so thankful to President Rabinowitz and the administration for the support they continue to show our program,” commented Mihalich. “We are excited about next season and the future of Hofstra Basketball and look forward to more great moments for the Pride.”

Mihalich just concluded his fifth season at the helm of the Hofstra program and led the Pride to 19 wins during the 2018-19 campaign. During his five seasons in Hempstead, Mihalich has totaled 88 victories, three seasons of at least 19 wins and a pair of postseason appearances. In addition, his 2015-16 squad captured the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title.

Mihalich’s strong recruiting has also produced a multitude of individual accomplishments for the Pride as Hofstra has had two CAA Players of the Year during his tenure as Justin Wright-Foreman was the conference player of the year this season and Juan’ya Green earned the honor in 2015-16. He also recruited and developed one of the best post players to ever suit up at Hofstra in Rokas Gustys, who just concluded a historic career that saw him finish with the most rebounds in Hofstra’s NCAA Division I era, the second-most in CAA history and also become only the third player in program history to have at least 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.

Mihalich’s long and successful career as a head coach has seen him compile 353 wins, including his 15 seasons as the head coach at Niagara from 1998-2013.


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