Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cornell Hires Assistant Coach


Cornell has hired Mike Blaine as its new assistant coach filling the vacancy left by Jay Larranaga who took over head coaching duties in the NBA D-League for the Erie Bayhawks. Blaine leaves Division I (MEAC Conference) Maryland Eastern Shore where he filled the 2nd assistant slot. He will fill the same role at Cornell. Below is Blaine's bio from the UMES website:


Mike Blaine is in his third season as an Assistant Coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. His main responsibilities include perimeter player skill development, scouting opponents and recruiting prospective student-athletes.

Prior to UMES, Blaine, a graduate of Johns Hopkins, was an Assistant Coach at Hampden-Sydney College (2007-08) and at Radford University (2006-07). His primary responsibilities included recruiting, devising team strategies and opponent scouting reports as well as managing the team budget.

He was also the Director of Basketball Operations at the United States Military Academy (2004-06) and at James Madison University (2003-04). In those positions, he had a hand in many administrative duties regarding the programs including team travel, recruiting, film exchange and monitoring academic progress of student-athletes.

"Mike is a very detailed person," head coach Frankie Allen said. "He's solid in all the basic areas so he can work with both guards and post players."

As a player, Blaine was a standout forward at Johns Hopkins under coach Bill Nelson and was a part of 67 wins in his four-year career, including a monumental win over Navy, the first victory over a Division I opponent in school history. He finished his career ranked fifth in Blue Jays history in career field goal percentage (.572) and currently ranks seventh in that category. Blaine also ranks 13th on the Hopkins all-time career blocks list (50) and 17th in career offensive rebounds (105).

At the conclusion of his playing career, Blaine received the Robert H. Scott Award, given to the senior student-athlete who best demonstrates excellence in athletics, scholarship and extracurricular participation. He also garnered the Larry Goldfarb Award, presented to the senior who provides the most outstanding service to the athletics program. Blaine graduated with a degree in political science and sociology.

Currently, Blaine is the MEAC representative for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Assistant Coaches' Committee.

A native of Washington, D.C., Blaine currently lives in Salisbury.

Follow Coach Blaine on Twitter (@CoachMikeBlaine) to hear about men's basketball behind the scenes!



Blaine was a star forward for Johns Hopkins.

Blaine working on shooting drills with the UMES guards.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

the lack of Ivy experience in our coaching staff is concerning

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Not a concern at all. The current staff is doing a terrific job with recruiting, assembling arguably the program's best class in the last ten years.

Coach Sears has done a terrific job assisting Coach Courtney with the ins-outs of the League.

And in Blaine, Cornell gets a Hopkins grad with several years of Division I recruiting experience. This is a great hire considering it is so late in the game.

The Big Red bench is ready to go.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, gotta admit not impressed with the assistant coaches at all; sorry

Eastern Shore was also sort of a terrible team.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I just typed a comment that Eastern Shore is terrible and is not Div I experience to boast about. But as terrible as they were, I just looked through KenPom and they went from 4 wins 2 years ago to 11 wins this year (they were still 11-21 though). If he had anything to do with that, then maybe he has qualities.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

You can't judge a 2nd assistant coach by the RPI of his team.

There happen to be some excellent assistant coaches out there working for bad D-I teams.

The 2nd assistant doesn't decide who gets offers (the head coach makes the decision).

The 2nd assistant doesn't coach the games.

And the 2nd assistant has to sell a product, in this case Maryland Eastern Shore in the MEAC. He can't change his product. Anyone could sell Duke as a product.

This is a good hire. A coach familiar with evaluating and recruiting Division I level talent. A coach who has played college basketball, attended an elite academic institution (Hopkins) and has worked at elite schools (such as West Point).

Anonymous said...

We won't know until we see what he can do. This talk about assembling the program's best class in 10 years, I hope you're right but that is a lofty comment after Louis Dale and Wittman just graduated.

Anonymous said...

What are you talking about CBB? "arguably the program's best class in ten years". No way- that would be the Witt/Dale class. This current recruiting effort is admirable but nothing to write home about. The top big men who are Ivy caliber are going elsewhere and we are the 3 time returning Ivy champs. I need to see a lot more from this staff going toe to toe w/ Harvard, Penn and other top Patriot League squads for the best talent!

Anonymous said...

You guys are a bit critical of the assistants, what was Kevin App's experience besides playing on this team???
If the assistants were too good they would be head coaches already.
Not much more you could expect than hiring a guy who came from a good academic school so he can relate to the recruits, and has several years of experience

I think BRF's point is that this is the best class on paper, obviously the Dale, Wittman, Foote class will forever be the best class until they make another sweet 16 run

Harvard clearly has the best class so far but why are you mentioning Penn, they havent gotten a single commitment. Although it is all only on paper, only in 5 years will we truly know who had the best class.

Anonymous said...

As we know, it's not always about the "talent" of the incoming recruits, it's the system they are coming into, their ability to develop and the player's mentality. Otherwise no mid major would ever compete with the big boys, as they always get the most athletic, top level recruits. Good thing basketball is a team game, and Cornell demonstrates that as much as any school in the country.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

"As we know, it's not always about the "talent" of the incoming recruits, it's the system they are coming into, their ability to develop and the player's mentality. Otherwise no mid major would ever compete with the big boys, as they always get the most athletic, top level recruits. Good thing basketball is a team game, and Cornell demonstrates that as much as any school in the country."

Well said, and very true.

Butler, Northern Iowa and Cornell developed their kids with great systems.

Which also means, if the current Cornell staff develops future kids, Cornell can and will continue to win Ivy titles.

The pieces are in place. Time to keep building the program.