University of Chicago men’s basketball has appointed Mike Mailhot as a volunteer assistant coach on the eve of the 2019-20 competitive season.
Mailhot comes to UChicago following a one-year stint as assistant coach for fellow NCAA Division III institution Muhlenberg College. At Muhlenberg, Mailhot scouted all opponents, ran daily individual instruction and served as the recruiting coordinator.
Prior to Muhlenberg, Mailhot served as an assistant coach at Nichols College. During his three seasons, Nichols posted a 74-14 record and earned the first top 25 ranking in program history in 2017-18. He oversaw individual player development, played a key role in developing and implementing game plans for opponents, as well as daily practice plans.
Mailhot served as the offensive coordinator for the ninth and 12th-ranked scoring offenses in the country in 2016-17 and 2017-18. During those two seasons, Nichols won back-to-back Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament Championships, and made the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 in 2016-17 – the first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. Mailhot was instrumental in recruiting the class of Rookie of the Year and three-time First Team All-Conference selection DeAnte Bruton, as well as Second Team All-Conference selection Jerome Cunningham.
Mailhot is a 2013 graduate of Emmanuel College, where he played four years for the men’s basketball program and was a two-year team captain. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He went on to earn his master’s degree in business administration from Nichols in 2018.
Following his graduation, Mailhot stayed on at Emmanuel as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams, helping the women win the Great Northeast Athletic Conference regular-season title. Mailhot also served as an assistant coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2014-15.