Monday, October 6, 2014

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, news and notes for Monday...
  • Assistant Coach, Jon Jaques (Cornell '10) posted some images from Cornell's first practice of the season.
  • Cornell assistant coach Mike Blaine is leaving the program for a head coaching position at Medaille.  See the release below.
BUFFALO, NY – Medaille College Athletic Director, Amy M. DeKay, introduced Mike Blaine today as the next head coach of the Men's Basketball program.

"Mike Blaine comes to Medaille with significant coaching experience at quality institutions of higher education," DeKay said. "His playing experience at John Hopkins combined with his coaching experiences at Cornell, UMES, Hampden-Sydney and Radford makes him an ideal candidate at this point in the history of the Medaille program. He has extensive athletic administrative experience from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as well. He enters Medaille as the Mavericks came off a conference playoff appearance last year and past NCAA tournament appearances. His experience and coaching combined with the team's talent will continue to make them a force in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference."

Blaine comes to Medaille College with over ten years of experience working for NCAA basketball programs.  Most recently he was an assistant coach on the Cornell University staff.  While at Cornell, Blaine played a large role in player skill development and was able to help in the growth of several All-Ivy League honorees.  Blaine was able to develop Eitan Chemerinski, who played sparingly his first two years in the program, graduated as the school's career field goal percentage leader, while (2011-12)  Ivy League Rookie of the Year Shonn Miller earned first-team all-conference accolades in (2012-13) as one of the league's top defensive players. He also worked with young big man David Onuorah, whose (28) blocked shots, ranks second all-time at Cornell as a freshman.

"Mike is more than ready to lead the program at Medaille College" said Bill Courtney, Cornell's Head Basketball coach. "His enthusiasm and positive energy will be infectious with his players and throughout the Medaille community. He is an excellent teacher and a terrific role model."

Prior to working at Cornell, Blaine spent the previous two seasons assisting the turnaround of the Maryland-Eastern Shore program. UMES won (11) games and went (8-8) in the MEAC conference to finish fifth in 2010-11, nearly tripling the program's win total from the season before Blaine arrived. Junior Hillary Haley led the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and was named to the all-tournament team in the backcourt. Blaine's responsibilities included working with the backcourt players, as well as scouting and recruiting.

Prior to Blaine's stint at UMES, he spent one season at both Radford (2006-07) and Hampden-Sydney College (2007-08). He also worked as a Director of Basketball Operations at Army (2004-06) and James Madison (2003-04), leading the administrative efforts, as well as film exchange, academic progress of the players and team travel.

A 2003 graduate of Johns Hopkins with a degree in political science and sociology, Blaine was a standout for the Blue Jays. He currently ranks among the school's top 20 players in field goal percentage (seventh, .572), blocked shots (13th, 50) and offensive rebounds (17th, 105). He was part of teams that compiled (67) career victories, including a win over Navy that served as Johns Hopkins' first-ever over a Division I opponent. Blaine received the Robert H. Scott Award, given to the senior student-athlete who best demonstrates excellence in athletics, scholarship and extracurricular activities.
  • Below, a look at the 2015 Ivy League recruiting commitments:

Corey Daugherty (Barrington HS) Barrington, RI, 6-1, G, Brown
Obi Okolie (Dennis O'Connor HS) Ajax, Ontario, Canada, 6-5, F, Brown
Travis Fuller (La Costa Canyon HS) San Diego, CA, 6-8, F, Brown
Chris Sullivan (Northfield Mt. Hermon) Wilmette, IL, 6-3, G, Brown
Peter Barba (Western Reserve HS) Cleveland, OH, 6-5, G, Columbia
John Sica (Bethlehem HS) Delmar, NY, 6-7, F, Columbia
Matt Morgan (Cox Mill HS) Concord, NC, 6-2 G, Cornell
Troy Whiteside (Webb School) Knoxville, TN, 6-4, G, Cornell
Joel Davis (Wayne Country Day School) Goldsboro, NC, 6-3, G, Cornell
Donovan Wright (Blair Academy) Blairstown, NJ, 6-6, F, Cornell
Joseph Ritter (Woodrow Wilson HS) Dallas, TX, 6-8, F, Cornell
Michael Stones (Windermere Prep), Orlando, F, 6-1, G, Dartmouth
Quinten Payne (Ball State University) St. Charles, IL, 6-5, G, Dartmouth
Guilien Smith (Catholic Memorial HS), West Roxbury, MA, 6-1, G, Dartmouth
Weisner Perez (Morton HS) Berwyn, IL, 6-6, F, Harvard
Tommy McCarthy (La Costa Canyon HS), Carlsbad, CA, 6-0, G, Harvard
Jake Silpe (Cherry Hill East HS) Cherry Hill, NJ, 6-0, G, Penn
Collin McManus (Northfield Mt. Hermon HS) Northfield, MA, 6-10, C, Penn
Sam Donahue (Northfield Mt. Hermon HS) Northfield, MA, 6-0, G, Penn
Jule Brown (Lower Merion HS) Merion, PA, 6-6, F, Penn
Morris Esformes (Hebrew Academy) Miami, FL, 5-10, G, Penn
Jose Morales (Cardinal Gibbons HS) Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 5-9, G, Princeton
Noah Bramlage (Ottawa-Glandorf HS) Ottawa, OH, 6-7, F, Princeton
Myles Stephens (St. Andrews) Middletown, DE, 6-4, G, Princeton
Devin Cannady (Marian HS), Mishawaka, IN, 6-3, G, Princeton
Blake Reynolds (Jackson HS) Jackson, MO, 6-7, F, Yale
Trey Phills (Charlotte Christian HS) Charlotte, NC, 6-2, G, Yale
Matt Greene (Hotchkiss School) New York, NY, 6-6, F, Yale
Alex Copeland (Harvard-Westlake HS) Hollywood, CA, 6-3, G, Yale
Eli Lininger (South Eugene HS) South Eugene, OR, 6-6, F, Yale


Anonymous said...

Will Courtney add an assistant coach to th estaff to replace Mike Blaine?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

They will DEFINITELY add a new coach.

The decision to be made is whether they hire a new 2nd chair or if they bump Jaques up to 2nd chair and hire a new 3rd chair (volunteer).

There will be no shortage of applications regardless of what they choose. Thousands out there dream of becoming Division I coaches.

BigRed1965 said...

Will miss Coach Blaine from our program, but am very happy for his appointment as a head coach.