BETHANY, W.Va. – University of North Florida assistant Mike Summey has been selected as the new head men’s basketball coach at Bethany College, as announced Tuesday, April 1 by President Dr. Scott D. Miller.
Summey was chosen from a field of more than 60 applicants, including several current head coaches, to take over a Bison program which has won three PAC titles in the last four years and five in the last eight seasons.
“Mike Summey is one of the bright young minds in college basketball and we are very excited he is going to lead our men’s basketball program,” said Dr. Miller. “He rose to the top of a deep and experienced applicant pool, which included 62 candidates, including six current head coaches. With his experience at the Division I and Division II levels, we are looking forward to Mike continuing the success of our program.”
Summey becomes the 24th men’s basketball coach in Bethany history after a two-year stint at North Florida. He coordinated all recruiting efforts at UNF and aided in the program’s transition to Division I, as the Ospreys just finished their second season at the DI level.
Prior to his time at North Florida, Summey served for two years as an assistant coach at The Citadel. In his first season, he worked with the perimeter players and helped Matt Davis finish as the Southern Conference leader in three-point percentage (47.1). The next year, Summey’s work with the post players played a key role in J’mel Everhart becoming just the second Bulldog ever to earn Southern Conference All-Tournament Team honors.
Summey’s coaching career also includes stops at Queens (N.C.) University in Charlotte as the top assistant in 2003-04 and four seasons as an assistant at Saint Francis (Pa.) University. His time at Saint Francis working with the perimeter players was highlighted by three Red Flash players leading the Northeast Conference in three-point percentage (2000, 2001, 2003).
A native of Hickory, N.C., Summey earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State in 1997. It was during his undergraduate time at N.C. State that his basketball career began. After working as the head undergraduate manager during his senior year, he was a graduate manager for two years and assisted with then-head coach Herb Sendek’s transition to N.C. State.
"I am humbled and honored to be named the Head Basketball Coach at Bethany College,” said Summey. “The opportunity to work under the presidential leadership of Dr. Scott Miller and enter into such a tradition-rich basketball program is tremendous.”
On the hardwood, the Bethany program celebrated its 100th season of men’s basketball in 2007-08 by claiming a PAC-record 12th conference title and earning its sixth bid to the NCAA Tournament. Although Bethany loses a pair of All-PAC players in guards Brody Jackson, the PAC Player of the Year, and Marcus Adams, but will return three starters and a total of eight players who saw time in 18 or more games this season.
“The on-court success and classroom achievements which have highlighted 100 years of Bethany basketball will continue,” said Summey. “My staff and I will work tirelessly to give Dr. Miller and the Bethany community a product they will be proud to call their own."
Off the floor, the Bison basketball program has received numerous academic awards. In the last four years, Bethany players have earned PAC Academic Honor Roll status 18 times and Academic All-District honors on six different occasions. In 2006, Matt Drahos (First Team) and current BC assistant coach Mike Drahos (Second Team) became the first Bison in school history to earn ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American status.
Summey takes over the reins of the Bison program from Aaron Huffman, who resigned in mid-March to take a position in West Liberty State’s financial aid office and spend more time with his family.