Mike McDevitt '83 is back on home court, so to speak. The former basketball star and women's basketball coach at Saint Joseph's has returned to coach the women's team after a five-year turn as an assistant coach at University of Southern Maine. He replaces Deborah Reardon, who left in April.
Mike McDevitt '83
McDevitt coached the Lady Monks for 16 seasons, from 1987-2003. During that time, he amassed 326 wins and a .736 winning percentage, leading his teams to seven conference titles and seven appearances in the NAIA National Tournament. He collected conference coach of the year honors on five occasions, and coached four players who garnered All-America honors.
"I'm very excited to return to Saint Joseph's College," says McDevitt. "I have so many great memories from my years here and St. Joe's holds a special place in my heart." McDevitt turned down the head coach job at Southern Maine.
"This is a great day for women's basketball at Saint Joseph's College," adds athletic director Brian Curtin. "Mike is a highly respected coach with a long history of success. He possesses a special passion for Saint Joseph's, and we know he will lead the program to great things."
He will also have a unique opportunity: for the first time, he'll be coaching his own daughter, sophomore guard Megan McDevitt '12. After years of watching her athletic career evolve, he was forced to miss most of her college games last season because of his duties with the women's team at Division II USM. "We're a close family and that was hard," he says.
McDevitt was All-Conference, All-State and All-District in 1982 and 1983 for the Monks.
Megan looks forward to spending time with her dad on the court. "I think having him as my coach is going to push me .... It might add a little more to my nerves before each game, but I know that he is my dad, too, so he just wants me to play my best," she explains.