Medaille makes two moves

Mike Blaine played at one Division III school and coached at another before coming to Medaille.
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With less than two weeks until preseason practice begins, Medaille College named replacements for its men's and women's head basketball coaches.

On the men's side, Medaille named Cornell (NY) assistant Mike Blaine as the new head coach. He replaces Mike MacDonald who left in September to take the head coaching job at Division II Daemen.

Blaine comes to Medaille with over ten years of NCAA basketball experience.  Most recently he was an assistant coach for Division I Cornell.  "Mike is more than ready to lead the program at Medaille College” said Bill Courtney, Cornell’s Head Basketball coach. “His enthusiasm and positive energy will be infectious with his players and throughout the Medaille community. He is an excellent teacher and a terrific role model."

 Coach Profile Mike Blaine, Medaille
 Alma mater Johns Hopkins, 2003
 Experience Assistant coach at Division I Cornell (NY); worked at various other schools
 Replaces Mike MacDonald, 149-73 in eight seasons at Medaille

Prior to working at Cornell, Blaine spent the previous two seasons at Maryland-Eastern Shore. He spent one season at Radford (2006-07), one at Hampden-Sydney (2007-08), two at Army (2004-06) and one at James Madison (2003-04), leading the administrative efforts, as well as film exchange, academic progress of the players and team travel.
A 2003 graduate of Johns Hopkins with a degree in political science and sociology, Blaine was a standout for the Blue Jays. He currently ranks among the school's top 20 players in field goal percentage (seventh, .572), blocked shots (13th, 50) and offensive rebounds (17th, 105).

Women: Lonergan retires, replaced by "Rocko"

       Rachelle Matthys

Following the retirement of long-time women's head coach Pete Lonergan, Medaille named Rachelle “Rocko” Matthys as his replacement.

This will be Matthys' first year as a collegiate coach. She just returned from her fourth year of playing professional basketball overseas.  She played in Germany, Australia and England during which she captured a Division II championship title for the DBBL in Germany.

During her time in Germany, Matthys served as Basketball and Strength and Conditioning Coach for U11, U15 and U17 teams. While in England she served as a Community Coach for Durham University where she earned her Master's in Science Education.
In between her season in England and Germany, Matthys was the assistant to the Director of Player Performance for the WNBA's New York Liberty.  A native of Saint Clair, Michigan, Matthys attended the University at Buffalo and was a four-year letter winner and co-captain for the Bulls.  She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and a Concentration in Coaching. 

Lonergan went 231-71 in 11 seasons at the head of Medaille's program. He was previously the men's head coach at Niagara and St. Francis (Pa.).