OFFICIAL: Fitzpatrick named Head Basketball Coach at Alma

Following up on’s D3 DIRT from earlier today. Mike Fitzpatrick has officially been named as the new head men’s basketball coach at D3 Alma College. Here’s the release from the college:

Mike Fitzpatrick has been hired as the head men’s basketball coach as announced by Director of Athletics Sarah Dehring on Thursday, May 19.   

“We are very excited to welcome Mike Fitzpatrick to the Alma College Athletics staff,” Dehring said.  

“His experience at a variety of NCAA Division III institutions, his knowledge of the sport, and his drive to bring Alma College men’s basketball to the next level really shined throughout the interview process. He genuinely cares about and has a strong understanding of the NCAA Division III philosophy and will make a perfect addition to the Alma College Community.” 

Fitzpatrick comes from Case Western Reserve University where he was named the assistant men’s basketball coach in August 2018.  

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to accept the position of head men’s basketball coach at Alma College. I want to thank Sarah Dehring, President Abernathy, and the entire search committee for this opportunity,” said Fitzpatrick. 

“I am excited to work with our student-athletes and support them as they continue to achieve and lead in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. Alma College is a special place, and I look forward to joining the great community. Go Scots!” 

During his four seasons at Case Western, he picked up the team’s first winning season in five years in 2019-20. This past winter the Spartans went 20-7 overall, 8-5 in conference play, and he helped the team to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

In 2017, Fitzpatrick spent a year at Susquehanna University where he served as the team’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.  Before his time with the River Hawks, he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Salisbury University where he helped the team grab a 41-15 record over two seasons and back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances while working towards his master’s degree in English.

Fitzpatrick began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, Arcadia University. During his one year on the staff, the Knights finished with a 16-13 record. He was a four-year member of the basketball team at Arcadia, where he was named to the MAC Winter Academic Honor Roll three times and was named to the NABC Honors Court twice. Fitzpatrick graduated from Arcadia in 2014 with his bachelor’s degree in Communications. 

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