Penn Charter, Ursinus alum Mike McGarvey named head basketball coach at Lycoming

Matt Leon
June 27, 2018 - 3:39 pm
Penn Charter High School and Ursinus College product Mike McGarvey is the new head men's basketball coach at Division III Lycoming College.

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Mike McGarvey enjoyed an outstanding career as a basketball player at William Penn Charter High School and Division III Ursinus College in Collegeville. 

His time at Ursinus was so special that his number was actually retired by the Bears. Once his playing days were over following his graduation in 2006, he turned to coaching, first as an assistant coach at his alma mater Ursinus under Kevin Small, and for the last seven years he has been on Matt Langel's staff at Division I Colgate. 

Now, McGarvey is getting ready to take over his own program. He was just hired as the new head coach at Division III Lycoming College in Williamsport.

"It's been a really fun couple of days here," McGarvey said. "Lycoming's a special place. Myself and my family were really excited to get to Williamsport."

McGarvey will take over a program that went 19-7 this past season. He talked about what fans of the Warriors can expect with him at the helm.

"The team has had a lot of success playing fast before I was named the head coach, and I think that will be a really exciting style, to get up and down and use our athleticism to really create havoc on the defensive end and get some easy opportunities in transition on the offensive end," he said. "But I'm very much a motion-style offensive coach. As a player, I really relied on assisting the ball and shooting a lot of threes. So that's what I like to do with our team, and I'm going to bring that to Lycoming. So we share the ball, we spread the floor, play a little motion style and have a lot of fun doing it."

McGarvey said the biggest lesson he has learned as an assistant coach was to treat people the right way — especially the student-athletes.

"As a student-athlete myself, I remember the coaches that I had and the impact that they've had on my life. Not just in basketball. I bring that as a coach every single day, I'm going to bring that as a head coach at Lycoming," he added. "Really care deeply about the student-athletes that I have a chance to coach, be committed to their success on the court and off the court and make sure I provide a competitive environment for growth. I've learned that here over the years as an assistant coach and can't wait to get started as a head coach."

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