Head Coach of Men's Basketball
RECORD: 119-27 (.815), FIVE YEARS
*HIGHEST IN SCHOOL hISTORY
2013 – ELITE EIGHT
2011 – FINAL FOUR
2010 – FINAL FOUR (NATIONAL FINALIST)
2013 – D3HOOPS.COM NORTHEAST REGION COACH OF THE YEAR
2011 – GLENN ROBINSON DIII COACH OF THE YEAR FINALIST
2010 – BASKETBALL TIMES CO-NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
2010 – d3hOOPS.COM NORTHEAST REGION COACH OF THE YEAR
2010 – NESCAC COACH OF THE YEAR
In just five seasons as the head basketball coach at Williams College, Mike Maker has led the Ephs to two Final Fours (2010 & 2011), an Elite Eight (2013), and an overall record of 119-27, giving him the highest basketball winning percentage (.815) in school history.
This past season, the Ephs finished 26-5, reached the Elite Eight, and returned to Salem for an unprecedented third time in four years, culminating in Maker being made D3hoops.com Northeast Region Coach of the Year. Statistically, the Ephs ranked in the top 10 nationally in four categories, including fourth in offensive field goal percentage (50.8%).
Maker's 2010 Ephs went 30-2, reached the NCAA Championship game, set a school record for consecutive wins (21), tied a school record for most regular season wins (23), and led the nation in four statistical categories: winning percentage (93.8%), offensive field goal percentage (52.6%), three point field goal percentage (46.1%), and scoring margin (19.6). As a result, Maker was named Basketball Times Co-National Coach of the Year, D3hoops.com Northeast Region Coach of the Year, and NESCAC Coach of the Year.
The 2011 Purple Cows finished 29-3 and made a return trip to Salem and the Final Four, giving the Ephs an eye-opening 59-5 record over the past two years and making Maker a Glenn Robinson Division III Coach of the Year Finalist. Along the way, the Ephs ranked in the top five nationally in five statistical categories, including a #2 ranking in defensive field goal percentage (37.3%).
Prior to joining the Williams basketball family, Maker assisted current Oregon head coach Dana Altman at Creighton for one season, where the Bluejays advanced to the second round of the NIT. Maker also assisted current Michigan head coach John Beilein for two seasons at West Virginia. During that time, the Mountaineers won the 2007 NIT Championship and advanced to the 2006 NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Maker has 25 years of collegiate coaching experience (17 at the Division 1 level). He is a member of the North Salinas High School Hall of Fame and was a two year captain and honorable mention All Coast Conference selection at Hartnell College. While at California Baptist College, he earned Academic All America honors and was a two year captain. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. Maker completed his Master of Arts degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University in 1990.
Maker and his wife Erica reside in Williamstown with their son Jack.
Assistant Coach of Men's Basketball
Assistant coach Derek Johnston joined the Ephs’
men’s basketball staff in the summer of 2012.
Johnston spent the previous two seasons as head coach at Lexington High School in Lexington, AL. During his two seasons, his teams amassed a 32-24 record. The program also made its first county championship appearance since 1995 and advanced to the state tournament round of 32 for the first time since 2005. While at Lexington, Johnston also taught numerous mathematics courses, including Algebra III with Statistics and Geometry.
Prior to his coaching career, Johnston spent five years as a player at the University of Alabama in Huntsville under the tutelage of Head Coach Lennie Acuff. In those five seasons, the Chargers made two NCAA tournament appearances and won one Gulf South Conference regular season championship. During his career, Johnston was named GSC All-Academic First Team and received the UAH Scholar Athlete Award.
Johnston completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematical Sciences at UAH in 2009. He is currently completing his master’s degree.
Derek and his wife, Andee, reside in Williamstown.
Assistant Coach, Men's Basketball
Day is in his first year as an assistant at Williams. Before arriving to Williams, Day graduated from Ouachita Baptist with a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration in the winter of 2011. After graduating he became an assistant coach at ThunderRidge High School for the 2011-2012 season, helping the team reach the quarterfinals of the Colorado State tournament.
Day was also a Head Coach for the 14U Next Level Basketball Team
in the summer of 2012, and served as a player development coach for
all age groups in the Next Level program. He helped coach at
numerous camps in the summer of 2012, including Belmont University
Day Camp, and Nothing But Net Basketball Camps in the Denver Metro
Day's Collegiate career started at Lamar Community College. As a starter, Day helped the Runnin’ Lopes to a Region IX Championship, and placing 5th overall with a 3-1 record in the NJCAA National Tournament. Day was named Academic All American while playing for Lamar Community College.
Day transferred to Ouachita Baptist University, where he finished his colligate career. Day served as a two-year captain for the Tigers, while earning Academic All Conference Honors his senior year.
• Summer 2012—Belmont University Day Camp/Nothing But Net Basketball Camp (Parker, CO).
• Spring/Summer of 2012 —Next Level AAU 14U Head Coach/Player Development
• 2011-2012—ThunderRidge High School Assistant Coach
• 2007-2010—ThunderRidge High School Basketball Camp