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.
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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: