Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 3, 2014
MMA names basketball coach
David Muchnick has been named head coach of Maine Maritime Academy’s mens basketball team; Director of Athletics Steve Peed announced in a press release.
“Being a Head College Basketball Coach has been a lifelong dream of mine, and to be able to do it at such a special place like Castine and the Maine Maritime Academy is truly an honor,” Muchnick said in the release. “Excited doesn’t even begin to describe my emotions as I think about the championship voyage that our program is about to begin on.”
Muchnick spent the past four seasons at Merchant Marine Academy as the Mariners assistant coach for three-and-half years and interim head coach since January. He was responsible for recruiting, offensive execution, scouting opponents, academic support and day-to-day operations of the mens basketball program. He coached a player that was named Landmark Player of the Year and Honorable Mention Division III All-American, four All-Landmark First Team selections and three All-Landmark Second Team players. On the recruiting trail, Muchnick brought in a 10-person class in 2012 that represented nine different states.
Muchnick received Merchant Marine Academy’s Dr. Stephen “Bill” Omeltchenko Coach of the Year Award last year.
“David was the only candidate in the field that brought a full understanding of the very unique demands placed upon our regimental students,” Peed said. “He has demonstrated that he knows how to deliver a positive student-athlete experience in that environment.”
Prior to coaching at Merchant Marine Academy, Muchnick was the top assistant mens basketball coach at Denison University from 2008-2010. He recruited the 2009-10 NCAC Newcomer of the Year and was in charge of offensive execution, scouting, recruiting and perimeter development. Muchnick also served as the head mens golf coach and guided his team to three top-three finishes.
Muchnick was the top assistant mens basketball coach at SUNY Cortland from 2005-2008 and helped the Red Dragons to a 55-29 record during his tenure, highlighted by a NCAA Division III Tournament second round appearance in 2006. Cortland was the SUNY Athletic Conference regular season champion in 2005-06 and finished tied for the best season record in program history with a 24-5 record.
Muchnick is a 2005 graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. He was a four-year member of the basketball team and was a captain his senior season. Muchnick finished in the top 10 in program history with a 41.4 percent three-point percentage and helped his team go 60-47, including a 20-9 mark and ECAC Championship in 2003-04. Muchnick earned a Master of Science degree in Sports Management in 2008 from SUNY Cortland.
Muchnick will serve as Maine Maritime’s Intramural and Club Sports Director and will assume his role on July 7.