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Mike Mcgrath dead: basketball coach at the University – obituary

In the 2022–23 season, University of Chicago men’s basketball head coach Mike McGrath will be in his 24th season in that position. He holds the school’s all-time title with a total record of 320-237, including a 187-123 mark in University Athletic Association (UAA) competition.

McGrath, a three-time winner of the UAA Coach of the Year award, guided UChicago to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight and the Sweet 16 while also winning four UAA titles. McGrath won the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year award four times during his stay at the University of Chicago: in 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2008.

In 2007–08, McGrath was named UAA Coach of the Year after guiding the Malones to their second consecutive UAA title and NCAA Division III championship. With an overall record of 18-8 and a conference record of 11-3, UChicago placed 25th in the final D3hoops.com poll.

McGrath guided the Malones to the best NCAA Division III finish in 2000-01, and Chicago progressed to the National Championship’s Elite Eight. In the regular season, the Malones had a 24-4 record and were ranked first in the nation after the game. McGrath made a good impression in his first season, leading the Malones to a 23-4 record, a UAA championship, and a trip in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.

From 1992 to 1999, McGrath assisted Pat Cunningham as a coach for seven years. McGrath guided the Malones to an overall record of 107-73 (.594), including an 82-23 (.781) mark from 1995 through 1999. Cunningham and McGrath led UChicago to two UAA titles and two Sweet 16 appearances in NCAA Division III.

During McGrath’s 29 years as a head coach and assistant coach, UChicago teams compiled a combined record of 427-310 (.579), won six division championships, and made six trips to the NCAA playoffs.

In the coaching field, McGrath is quite active. He was appointed as a Class III Representative to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 2019. As a NCAA men’s basketball rules committee member, McGrath is beginning his third season. Additionally, he held two positions on the Midwest Regional Advisory Committee, which oversees the selection of teams and their participation in national championships. He also served on the NCAA Division III men’s basketball committee.

In 1992, McGrath received his diploma from DePauw University, where he worked as a student assistant coach for three years. The Tigers made it to the 1990 NCAA Division III championship game during DePauw’s leadership. The squad as a whole, including McGrath, was honored by the DePauw Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.

In 2004, McGrath, an Illinois native from Bartlett, earned a master’s degree in sports management from the American Institute of Physical Education. Along with his wife Cary, he resides in Chicago.

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