Mike Fuline enters his fourth 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 regular season title in 17 seasons in 2013-14.
In each of his first three recruiting classes players, two players -- Nate Jacubec (2012) and Jarret Ruffin (2013) have both been named OAC Freshman of the Year and in 2014, he had two players -- Cody Dillon and T.J. Gillespie named to the All-OAC First Team. It was just the second time in school history that two Purple Raiders have been recognized among the conference's top six players.
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.