William & Mary Basketball Staff Update

William & Mary head men’s basketball coach Brian Earl announced the hiring of Max Ginsberg and Alex Mumphard as assistant coaches and the retention of assistant coach Jimmy Fenerty and director of basketball operations Kyle Pope to the Tribe staff on Thursday.  
Ginsberg joins the Green and Gold with extensive Division I experience at Holy Cross and most recently under Earl at Cornell. Mumphard possesses eight years of Division I coaching experience and most recently spent a season at the University of Denver. Fenerty and Pope both spent their first years in Williamsburg during the 2023-24 campaign.
In his three seasons at his alma mater of Cornell, Ginsberg helped the program post a 54-20 record, including 25-17 mark in the Ivy League. Cornell qualified for the Ivy League Tournament, which only takes four teams, during all three seasons, and five players earned All-Ivy League honors, including a first teamer in 2023-24.
“Max was part of the great success we had over the last three years at Cornell and his understanding of the system along with his knowledge of the game will be beneficial at W&M,” Earl said. “He is a diligent recruiter that will work tirelessly to bring in the type of student-athletes that will have success both on the court and in the classroom.” 
Over his tenture, the Big Red also regularly led the Ivy League and ranked among the national leaders in scoring, 3-pointers made and attempted, field goal %, effective field goal %, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio, bench points, fastbreak points, and steals.
In 2023-24, Ginsberg played a key role in leading the Big Red to one of its best seasons in school history. Cornell won the second-most games in school history with 22 and finished second place in the Ivy League at 11-3. The Big Red also received the program’s first bid to the NIT and finished the year among the top 20 nationally in bench scoring, effective field goal %, assists, 3-pointers made, field goal %, and scoring.  
“I am so honored to be joining Coach Earl’s staff at William & Mary,” Ginsberg said. “There are special student-athletes here, and I am so excited to work with them and to begin to build a successful program on and off the court.” 
Ginsberg spent three seasons at Holy Cross  as director of basketball operations and video coordinator. As an undergraduate, he worked with the Cornell program as the team’s head manager and as the assistant to the director of basketball operations during the 2017-18 season. He graduated from Cornell with his degree in policy analysis and management in 2018 and later received a master’s degree in communication management from the University of Southern California in 2019.
Last season at Denver, Mumphard helped the Pioneers win 17 games, the program’s most since 2012-13, and advance to the Summit League Championship Game for the first time in program history. Guard Tommy Bruner earned All-Summit League First Team and ranked second in the country in scoring. As a team, Denver was 25th nationally in scoring at 81 points per game.
“Alex and I have had a chance to work closely together at Cornell, and he was an integral part in the success of the program enjoyed in the last several years,” Earl said. “He has developed a wealth of basketball knowledge and experience as a member of the Northwestern, Cornell, and Denver staffs, and we look forward to collaborating again.”
Mumphard spent five seasons with Earl at Cornell. In his final two seasons with the Big Red, Cornell posted 15-11 and 17-11 records, advancing to the Ivy League Tournament each year. In his first season, he helped lead the Big Red to its first postseason appearance in nine years, earning a spot in the 2019 CIT. In total, five Cornell players earned All-Ivy League honors during Mumphard’s time in Ithaca. In his final season with the Big Red, the team ranked among the national top 10 in scoring, 3-pointers made and attempted, assists, steals, bench scoring, and fast break points.
Mumphard was a graduate assistant coach at Northwestern for two years under head coach Chris Collins. The Wildcats made the program’s first NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round, in 2017. He earned a Masters in Sports Administration in addition to his coaching, graduating in 2018. Mumphard started his coaching career at his alma mater, Greenville University, under the direction of Dr. George Barber and helped the Panthers to the St. Louis intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) in 2016.
Fenerty has nine years of Division I coaching experience, including four seasons at Temple prior to W&M. He played collegiately at Dickinson College and also spent time as an assistant coach at Lafayette. Pope, who was a two-sport student-athlete at Saint Vincent College, was a graduate assistant at East Stroudsburg University for two years prior to coming to W&M.
“Jimmy and Kyle were both highly recommended after their efforts with the program over the last year,” Earl said. “They have been very helpful during my transition over the last month and will continue to be valued members of our program. Jimmy has extensive coaching experience and a great mind for the game. Kyle has a bright future. He really understands the program and has done a good job of fostering great relationships with our student-athletes.”


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