Michael Mucci is entering his 22nd season on the sidelines for the Haverford College men's basketball team during the 2016-17 season. Mucci leads a program which in recent years has established itself as a playoff contender in the strong Centennial Conference.
Mucci has won 181 games during his tenure with the Fords, more than any other coach in program history. Playing in a traditionally tough Centennial Conference, Mucci has guided Haverford to the conference tournament five times in the past 13 seasons. That run is currently highlighted by his squad’s appearance in the 2007 Centennial Conference Tournament Championship.
The 2007 appearance in the Centennial Conference Championship was the first Haverford team to reach the Centennial Conference finals and just the third team in program history to play for the conference title in program history as the Fords advanced to the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship game during the 1974-75 and 1976-77 seasons.
During that 2006-07 season, Mucci tied his career best with 14 coaching wins. He had previously won 14 games during the 1995-96 season and 2004-05 season. He most recently matched that win total in the 2010-11 campaign. The 2010-11 team was honored with the Sam Schoenfield Sportsmanship Award from the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association. In the classroom, Mucci’s squad has placed more members on the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll than any other institution in seven of the past 12 seasons.
Following the 2002-03 season, Mucci earned "Coach of the Year" honors from the Philadelphia Small College Coaches Association. Nine different players have reached the 1,000-point plateau during under Mucci’s tutelage. The most recent player to achieve that milestone was Brett Cohen ’14 as he recorded 1,199 points in his career. Cohen also led the Centennial Conference in scoring during the 2013-14 season. In three of the past four seasons, men’s basketball has graduated a 1,000-point scorer as Ian Goldberg ’12 (1,028 points) and Cam Baker ’13 (1,300 points) also reached that milestone.
Mucci has more than 30 years of college coaching experience, including 18 years as a Division I assistant at Villanova, Robert Morris, and Yale. He played a central role in building Yale into one of the most respected Ivy League programs in his 13 years there. While in New Haven, he recruited and coached NBA center Chris Dudley.
Michael Mucci and his wife, Karen Kauffman, a professor at Villanova University, live in Havertown.