Aug. 6, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio -- Former two-year Ohio University men’s basketball team captain David McKinley has returned to the program as a graduate assistant coach, as announced by first-year head coach Saul Phillips on Wednesday (Aug. 6).
"I’m excited to return to my alma mater,” said McKinley. “I’m looking forward to learning from and working with Coach Phillips and the staff and helping the student-athletes develop both on and off the court.”
McKinley played in 50 games for the Bobcats from 2009-13, helping Ohio earn two Mid-American Conference Tournament titles and a regular season co-championship. The 'Cats reached the postseason three times in McKinley’s four seasons, advancing to the Second Round of the NCAA Championship in 2010 and the Regional Semifinals in ’12 in addition to a National Invitation Tournament berth in ’13.
“Not only is David a bright young man, he also strings together some of our history,” said Phillips. “He brings a sense of continuity, certainly with that younger alumni base. This is a proud program, and I think it’s important that we have a former Bobcat on staff. David brings a lot to the table. He’s a bright, young mind who really wants to get into coaching. He really fits in well personality wise with our staff.”
McKinley, who graduated from Ohio in 2013 with a degree in Marketing, spent the past year completing an internship in digital marketing with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. He also served as an assistant coach with the Hidden Gems AAU program in Columbus.
A native of Dublin, Ohio, McKinley finished his career at Dublin Scioto High School third all-time in made three pointers in school history and set the single season record (56) as a senior in 2008-09. He captained the Irish to the most wins and deepest run in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Tournament in program history as a senior.
The Bobcats enter a new era in 2014-15 under Phillips, who led North Dakota State to 26 wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament last season. NDSU's run was highlighted by the No. 12-seeded Bison knocking off No. 5-seeded Oklahoma in the Second Round. Ohio is coming off a 25-17 campaign in 2013-14 in which it reached the 20-win plateau for the third-straight season, tied for the second-most wins in program history and posted two victories in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in the program's fifth-consecutive postseason appearance.