OFFICIAL: Mercer Names Paul Mrozik Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

Following up on something that mentioned on 4/30 (DAILY DIRT)…

Paul Mrozik, who brings coaching experience from the collegiate, professional, international, and high school levels, has been named assistant men’s basketball coach at Mercer. Bears’ head coach Bob Hoffman made the announcement Monday.

Mrozik comes to Mercer from Cal Poly, where he served as associate head coach the past two seasons. Prior to that stop, he helped develop Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va., into a national high school powerhouse. Consistently ranked among’s top 100 high school programs during the 2015-16 season, Mrozik’s team finished 29-8 and had six players who signed National Letters of Intent with Division I programs.

During his career, Mrozik has coached more than 30 players who went on to play professionally in the U.S. and Europe. He spent the 2011-12 season at Liberty as a graduate assistant, serving under then head coach Dale Layer who is currently an assistant with the Bears. A native of Poland, Mrozik coached professionally overseas for three seasons before serving as Valparaiso’s Director of Basketball Operations during the 2008-09 season while obtaining his first master’s degree. He also spent a year scouting professionally in Poland and directed the Warsaw-based Polish Shootout Camp series from 2002-08.

“Coach Mrozik brings us tremendous experience at multiple levels of basketball all over the world, which will expand our opportunity to recruit players that fit the student-athlete profile here at Mercer,” said Coach Hoffman. “We are excited to have him aboard and look forward to him helping our program grow every day.”

Coach Mrozik says he is eager to join the Mercer basketball family.

“I’m extremely excited about being at Mercer and I think it’s a great opportunity for me and my family,” said Coach Mrozik. “Having the opportunity to work for Coach Hoffman who brings so much experience and has accomplished so much is phenomenal. I think my experience and knowledge, along with my recruiting networks, can be strong assets to the program and I’m looking forward to helping make a positive difference here at Mercer.”

Twice Mrozik has served as the head coach of Athletes in Action teams. He coached a Polish team in Macedonia in 2011 before leading a U.S. squad in Poland in 2012. Among the players he coached on those tours include Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson, former Brooklyn Nets forward Cory Jefferson, and former New York Knicks guard Toure’ Murry.

Coach Mrozik played collegiately at Western Nebraska Community College. He averaged 15.4 points per game as a freshman to help led the team to a top 25 national ranking and appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Tournament. He was team captain as a sophomore and averaged 7.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per outing.

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