(Born August 29, 1956) -- In the world of college basketball, good coaches are supposed to come to the mid-major schools, win some games, and move on to a better job.
Joe Mihalich has turned out to be an exception to the rule. He’s acting as if he’s found that better job.
Mihalich was a guard at La Salle from 1974 to 1978 under coach Paul Westhead. After graduation he signed on as an assistant coach at DeMatha Catholic High School in Washington, one of the great prep dynasties in the game’s history. From there it was back to La Salle to work as an assistant coach.
After 17 years there, Niagara picked him to be its head basketball coach. The Purple Eagles haven’t looked back. He has guided Niagara to two NCAA tournaments, two NIT spots, and more than 200 wins.
What’s more, the Purple Eagles have played an entertaining brand of basketball that has featured uptempo play and scorers such as Charron Fisher, Juan Mendez and Tyrone Lewis.
--- Budd Bailey