CHAMPIONSHIPS (18): 1988 (NAIA Northeast), 1988 (NAIA New England), 1988 (WMAC), 1990 (NAIA New England), 1990 (WMAC), 1991 (NAIA New England), 1991 (WMAC), 1992 (NAIA New England), 1992 (WMAC), 1993 (WMAC), 1994 (MAC), 2000 (MAC), 2001 (MAC), 2009 (LEC), 2014 (GNAC), 2016 (GNAC), 2017 (GNAC), 2018 (GNAC)
COACH OF THE YEAR (14): 1988 (WMAC), 1990 (WMAC), 1991 (WMAC), 1994 (MAC), 1994 (District 5), 1999 (MWBCA), 1999 (MAC), 2014 (GNAC), 2017 (GNAC), 2017 (MWBCA), 2018 (GNAC), 2018 (MWBCA), 2018 (NEWBA) 2019 (GNAC)
CAREER RECORD: 534-188 (.740) @SJC; 556-195 (.740) Overall
Mike McDevitt ‘83, the winningest coach in St. Joe's women's basketball program history, returned to his alma mater prior to the 2009-10 season after coaching at Southern Maine from 2004 to 2009.
Also one of the finest players in the illustrious history of the SJC men’s basketball program, McDevitt tallied 1,381 points and 674 rebounds as a four-year starter and was inducted into the Saint Joseph’s College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
Coach McDevitt has racked up a 534-188 (.740) record while coaching at Saint Joseph’s and a 556-195 (.740) mark overall in his 27 years as an NCAA head coach. As the women’s skipper at St. Joe’s, McDevitt has led his teams to seven appearances in the NAIA National Tournament and five NCAA Tournament berths and on nine occasions has earned conference coach of the year honors.
McDevitt became the 30th NCAA DIII Women's Basketball skipper to reach the 500-victory mark when his Monks defeated Emmanuel College, 81-70, in the GNAC Championship at the Harold Alfond Center on February 25th, 2017. He headed into the 2017-18 season ranked 20th among active head coaches in career wins.
McDevitt, who garnered GNAC, New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA), and Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) Coach of the Year accolades following the completion of the 2017-18 campaign, has won 12 conference crowns with a total of 19 twenty-win seasons in his career.
While serving as the interim head coach for University of Southern Maine in 2009, McDevitt guided the Huskies to a 22-7 record, a Little East Conference Championship and an NCAA DIII Tournament appearance.
Last winter, McDevitt earned his fourth GNAC Coach of the Year award (2014, 2017, 2018, 2019) after leading the Monks to a 28-2 record, including a perfect 12-0 mark in conference play en route to earning the top seed in the GNAC Tournament for the fourth-consecutive year. The Monks cruised past Johnson & Wales and Suffolk in the first two rounds of the tourney before suffering a 65-64 upset at the hands of Emmanuel in the GNAC Championship on February 23rd.
Under his watch in 2018-19, the Monks won 27-consecutive games and extended their home winning streak to 51 contests before suffering the one-point setback in the GNAC Championship.
Ranked in the top 10 nationally in the WBCA and D3Hoops.com polls and fourth in the NCAA DIII Regional rankings, Saint Joseph's earned the program's first-ever at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament and defeated MIT, 68-61, in the opening round of the national tourney before falling to pod-host Ithaca College, 74-63, the following day.
The 2018-19 women's basketball team led the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.40) and ranked in the top 10 in eight statistical categories overall, including winning percentage (.933, 4th), three-pointers made (284, 4th) and attempted (784, 6th), fewest turnovers per game (12.5, 7th), and total points (2,322, 10th).
Several players reached historic milestones during the season, as seniors Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) and Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) surpassed the 1,000-point plateau and senior guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) became the Monks' all-time leading scorer. McNamara, who finished her career with 2,067 points, surpassed former SJC great Kendra Coates '91 (1,775 points) on the team's all-time scoring ledger and garnered D3Hoops.com Second Team All-America, WBCA All-America Honorable Mention, GNAC Player of the Year, NEWBA Player of the Year, MWBCA Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference, D3Hoops.com First Team All-Northeast, NEWBA First Team All-Region, Google Cloud Third Team Academic All-District®, and Google Cloud Third Team Academic All-America® honors following the season. McNamara was also selected to play in the Beyond Sports/WBCA Senior All-Star Game in Salem, Virginia as well as the NEWBA Senior All-Star Classic.
With the 2019 senior class on the court, St. Joe's posted a 103-15 (.873) overall record – the most victories by a senior class in program history - with a 53-2 (.964) mark in conference play, three GNAC Championships, and four NCAA Tournament appearances.
2017-18: Under the guidance of McDevitt last winter, Saint Joseph's posted a 28-2 overall record with a 16-0 mark in GNAC play last season en route to earning the top seed in the conference tournament for the third-consecutive season. In tourney play, the Monks defeated Mount Ida College and Albertus Magnus College in the quarter and semi finals, respectively, and toppled Suffolk University, 73-59, in the GNAC Championship at the Harold Alfond Center on February 24th. In the NCAA Tournament, St. Joe's drew Little East Conference Champion UMass.-Boston and rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat the Beacons, 61-56, and claim the first NCAA tourney triumph in program history.
Saint Joseph's faced off against reigning National Champion Amherst College - on their home court - in second round action the following day. In a game featuring six lead changes and five tie scores, the Monks pushed the Mammoths to the edge but eventually fell, 53-47, to a team that went on to defend their national crown and extend their winning streak to 66 games in the process.
The Monks were ranked fourth in in all three of the NCAA DIII Northeast Regional Poll releases last winter - behind three teams that advanced to the national tournament's Elite 8: #1 Amherst College, #5 Bowdoin University, and #8 Tufts University – and McDevitt claimed a trio of 'Coach of the Year' accolades following the season: GNAC, Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA), and New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA).
Following the completion of the regular season, three juniors - Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.), Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.), and Julia Champagne - garnered All-Conference honors. McNamara, who also claimed NEWBA First Team All-New England and D3hoops.com Second Team All-Northeast accolades, was listed on the First Team while Benway earned Second Team honors and Champagne was selected as the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year and collected Third Team mention.
2016-17: During the 2016-17 season, Saint Joseph's went 24-5 overall with a 15-1 record in GNAC play en route to earning the top seed in the conference's North Division. In GNAC Tournament action, the Monks successfully defended the 2016 crown with three tourney triumphs, including the championship victory over Emmanuel. With the automatic qualifier awarded to the GNAC Champion, Saint Joseph's advanced to NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years, but saw the 2017 season come to a close with an opening-round 65-44 loss at the hands of #4 Tufts University – which advanced all the way to the national championship - on March 3rd.
Following the outstanding season, sophomore guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) earned First Team All-Conference, First Team All-State, GNAC Tournament MVP, GNAC Offensive Player of the Year, NEWBA Second Team All-New England, and D3Hoops.com Third Team All-Northeast Region accolades.
2015-16: As the top seed in the 2016 GNAC Tournament, Saint Joseph's topped #8 Rivier University, 72-62, in the quarterfinal round and defeated #4 Suffolk University, 74-58, in semifinal action to advance to the GNAC championship tilt. In one of the most exciting games in recent memory, the Monks defeated Emmanuel College, 66-62, in the GNAC Championship at the Alfond Center on February 27th to claim an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament.
2014-15: The Monks posted a 16-10 overall record with a 6-5 mark in GNAC play en route to earning the #6 seed in the 2015 GNAC Tournament. The team's season, and bid to repeat as conference champions, came to an end with a 70-62 tournament quarterfinal loss at the hands of #3 Johnson & Wales University, the eventual GNAC champs, on February 26th.
Center Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) became the Monks' 22nd 1,000-Point Club member (and just the sixth junior) in a win over Mount Ida College on January 19th and went on to earn First Team All-State and Second Team All-GNAC in her third collegiate season. Senior point guard Sarah Assante (Standish, Maine) also collected Second Team All-Conference honors while freshman forward Norma Waggett (Saugus, Mass.) was listed on the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) All-Rookie Team.
2013-14: Coach McDevitt guided the Monks to one of the best seasons in program history in 2014, as the Royal Blue went 23-6 overall and 10-1 in GNAC play on the way to winning the team’s first GNAC Championship in seven years as a member of the conference. The 2013-14 Monks earned the #2 seed in the GNAC tourney and defeated #7 Lasell College in the quarters and #3 Rivier University in the semis before topping #8 Norwich University in the championship contest to claim the crown and capture the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.
Saint Joseph’s ran into a buzz saw in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, as the Royal Blue drew Tufts University, a team that was ranked fourth nationally at the time and, after defeating St. Joe’s, advanced all the way to the NCAA DIII Tournament Final Four. McDevitt became first coach in SJC women's basketball history to reach the 400-victory mark when the Monks topped Maine-Machias on January 8th, 2014. Following the completion of the 2013-14 season, he was selected as the GNAC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year - the seventh coaching accolade of his esteemed career.
Several individuals enjoyed breakthrough seasons, as senior Abby Young (North Yarmouth, Maine) became the 21st player in team history to reach the 1,000-point plateau after posting a career year, averaging 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest en route to collecting All-GNAC and All-State accolades. Sophomore Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) added her second impressive season in as many years, averaging 15.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per tilt while shooting 48.2% from the floor on her way to earning All-Conference and All-State honors.
2012-13: In 2013, Coach McDevitt helped lead the Monks to a 16-11 overall record and a 9-3 mark in GNAC play en route to earning the #3 seed in the conference tournament. Saint Joseph’s ousted #6 Johnson & Wales University, 59-45, in a conference tourney quarterfinal at the Alfond Center on February 19th, but saw the season come to an end with a 53-45 loss at the hands of #2 Suffolk University two days later.
Several players showed tremendous growth during the 2012-13 campaign, including freshman center Morgan Cahill, who collected GNAC Rookie of the Year, Second Team All-GNAC, MWBCA Co-Rookie of the Year, Second Team All-State and Maine All-Rookie Team accolades after leading the team in scoring (13.3 PPG), rebounding (8.0 RPG) and blocked shots (60) as a first-year player. Junior forward Lindsay Moore, who paced the GNAC with a 51.6% (130-252) FG%, was named as the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year and junior point guard ranked fourth in the conference with a 1.6 assist/turnover ratio.
Also, senior guard Danyelle Shufelt was selected as the GNAC Woman of the Year and the Monks, with eight players posting a 3.25 GPA or better, claimed Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll accolades over the summer.
2011-12: The women’s basketball program enjoyed a banner 2011-12 season, as the Monks posted a 20-8 overall record and a 12-1 mark in GNAC play under Coach McDevitt’s guidance. St. Joe’s earned the #2 seed in the GNAC Tournament and fell just shy of the team’s ultimate goal with a loss at the hands of top-seeded Emmanuel College in the GNAC Championship on February 25th
Projected to place third in the GNAC Preseason Poll, Saint Joseph's exceeded outside expectations by reaching the 20-win plateau for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign, when the Royal Blue went 23-3 overall and 12-0 in Maine Athletic Conference play under McDevitt's watch.
2010-11: Saint Joseph’s made great strides under Coach McDevitt's tutelage during the 2010-11 campaign. The Monks went 18-9 overall with a 9-3 record in GNAC play en route to collecting the #3 seed in the conference tournament. St. Joe’s defeated #6 Emerson College, 69-48, in a GNAC Quarterfinal matchup on February 22nd to collect the program’s first GNAC tourney win in four tries before falling to #2 Suffolk University in a semifinal tilt two days later.
2009-10: In his first season back on the SJC sideline (2009-10), McDevitt guided the Monks to a 12-12 overall record and a 7-5 effort versus GNAC opponents.
McDevitt began his head coaching career in 1987 and led Saint Joseph’s to a 21-9 record and an NAIA Northeast Championship crown as a first-year head coach. The 20-win performance became a trend as – including the 1987-88 campaign - the Monks rattled off eight-consecutive seasons with at least 20 victories, including a program-best 25 wins during the 1989-90, under Coach McDevitt’s tutelage.
In 1992, McDevitt directed the Monks to a 23-8 record, a New England Championship, and the first win by a team from New England at the NAIA National Tournament. The Monks’ 94-78 victory over Concordia College (Neb.) will long be remembered as one of the greatest victories in program history.
During his first stint as the Monks’ sideline general, McDevitt led the Royal Blue to Western Maine Athletic Conference (WMAC) Championships in 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993 and Maine Athletic Conference (MAC) crowns in 1994, 2000 and 2001. He also coached all six of the program’s All-America honorees: Carolyn Brooks ’88, Kendra Coates ‘91, Sharon Rines ‘94, Danielle Bouchard ‘95, Stacey Gelinas ‘02 and Sue Picard ’02.
On two occasions the Monks led the nation in offensive firepower, as the Royal Blue led all of NCAA DIII Women’s Basketball with an average of 89.2 PPG in 1990 and registered an 88.4 PPG average to lead the country again the following season.
McDevitt is no stranger to personal accolades. He claimed WMAC Coach of the Year honors in 1988, 1990 and 1991 and earned MAC Coach of the Year mention in 1994 and 1999. He also took home the District Coach of the Year award in 1994 and accepted State of Maine Coach of the Year honors in 1999.
McDevitt has also filled the head coach role for the SJC golf (1997-03) and women’s volleyball (1987-91) programs and served as the Director of the Harold Alfond Center (1999-03) during his time at Saint Joseph’s College.
Prior to being named as the head coach of the women’s basketball program, McDevitt served as an assistant coach for the men’s team for three seasons. With his help, the Monks claimed WMAC Championships all three years and, in 1987, secured the NAIA New England Championship en route to making the program’s first-ever national tournament appearance. Beginning in 1985 and ending in 1987, Saint Joseph’s posted a 74-18 record, the most successful three-year window in program history.
As a player, McDevitt was an elite all-around contributor for the Monks during a time when the basketball program began to gain respect as one of the top teams in New England, and his career numbers rank highly to this day. A skilled forward, McDevitt tallied 1,381 points in his career – the fourth-highest total at the time of his graduation – with 674 rebounds and 555 field goals made in four years as a starter. He collected All-District, All-State and All-Conference honors during his junior and senior campaigns and was selected as the Western Maine Athletic Conference (WMAC) Player of the Year as a senior when he averaged 17.0 points per game and led the Monks to the program’s first-ever conference title.
McDevitt, who also serves as the SJC Athletics Compliance Coordinator, earned a degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph's and resides in Cumberland, Maine with his wife Margaret and son Matthew. His daughter Megan - who is entering her fourth season as an SJC assistant coach - graduated from Saint Joseph's in 2012 and scored 948 points with a program-record 180 three-point field goals made in four years as a major contributor for the Monks women's basketball team. His son Michael currently plays at NCAA DII Franklin Pierce University.
|1987-88||21||9||.700||7||1||.875||NAIA Northeast Champions/NAIA National Tournament|
|1989-90||25||5||.833||8||0||1.000||NAIA New England Champions|
|1990-91||24||5||.828||8||0||1.000||NAIA New England Champions/NAIA National Tournament|
|1991-92||23||8||.742||6||2||.750||NAIA National Tournament|
|1992-93||24||5||.828||7||1||.875||NAIA National Tournament|
|1993-94||23||5||.821||8||1||.889||NAIA National Tournament|
|1999-00||22||5||.815||8||2||.800||NAIA New England Champions/NAIA National Tournament|
|2000-01||22||5||.815||11||1||.917||NAIA New England Champions/NAIA National Tournament|
|2008-09*||22||7||.759||9||5||.643||Little East Conference Champions/NCAA Tournament|
|2013-14||23||6||.793||10||1||.909||GNAC Champions/NCAA Tournament|
|2015-16||23||6||.793||10||1||.909||GNAC Champions/NCAA Tournament|
|2016-17||24||5||.828||15||1||.938||GNAC Champions/NCAA Tournament|
|2017-18||28||2||.933||16||0||1.000||GNAC Champions/NCAA Tournament|
* Head Coach at University of Southern Maine
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