Mike Fuline enters his fifth season as head men's basketball coach at Mount Union.
Fuline has quickly changed the face of the Purple Raiders program evident by winning the first Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship in 18 seasons and making a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. The Raiders finished the season ranked No. 14 in the d3hoops.com top 25.
In each of his first four seasons Mount Union has increased their win total. In the 2013-14 season Fuline was named OAC Coach of the Year and last season he took home Great Lakes Coach of the Year honors. Nate Jacubec (2012) and Jarrett Ruffin (2013) were both named OAC Freshman of the Year and 10 players have been named to all-conference teams under Fuline.
Fuline came to Mount Union after spending eight years as a head coach at Massillon Jackson (2005-11) and Rootstown (2003-05) high schools.
He was 95-42 (.693) in six years at Jackson, with a 76-19 (.800) mark over his final four seasons that included winning the 2010 OHSAA Division I State championship. The Polar Bears won Federal League titles in each of his last two seasons and he was named Federal League Coach of the Year both years.
At Rootstown, his 2003-04 team posted a 16-6 record and won a sectional championship while his 2004-05 team went 20-4, shared the league title and won a district championship. Fuline was named 2004 Ohio's Division III Co-Coach of the Year.
Fuline began his coaching career with assistant coaching stints at Ravenna and Green high schools.
A graduate of Akron Manchester High School, he holds a bachelor's degree from Kent State University and a master's degree from Walsh University.
He and his wife, Amy, are the proud parents of five children.