Joe Mihalich

Joe Mihalich (born August 29, 1956)

Current team: Special assistant to the head coach
Current team: La Salle Explorers (Head coach: Fran Dunphy)
Current conference: Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10)
Teams coached: Niagara Purple Eagles, Hofstra Pride
Niagara record: 265-203 (.566)
Hofstra record: 141-92 (.605)
Overall record: 406-295 (.579)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2022-present La Salle (special asst)
2013-2020 Hofstra
1998-2013 Niagara
1981-1998 La Salle (asst)

Joe Mihalich Facts

  • Joseph Anthony Mihalich
  • Born August 29, 1956
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: La Salle University (BS, 1978) / Temple University (M.Ed, 1990)
  • Born in Washington DC and raised in Philly, Mihalich played at nearby La Salle for head coach Paul Westhead
  • Started coaching right after graduation as an assistant at the renowned DeMatha Catholic HS in Hyattsville, MD
  • Returned to La Salle in 1981 and spent the next 18 seasons as an assistant there, first under Lefty Ervin and then Speedy Morris
  • Took over the Niagara program as head coach in 1998, winning the MAAC regular season title in his first season
    • Won 265 games in fifteen seasons at Niagara, leading the Purple Eagles to two NCAA Tournaments and three NITs
  • Left the job in April 2013 to take the same position at Hofstra, taking over a team coming off a 7-25 (4-14) season
    • Had the Pride in the CBI in year two and the NIT – by way of a CAA regular season title – in year three
    • Repeated as the CAA champions in both 2019 and 2020, winning the CAA Tournament in 2020 to earn a NCAA bid
    • In August 2020, Hofstra announced that Mihalich would be taking a medical leave of absence; he would end up missing the entire season
      • Associate head coach Mike Farrelly was named acting head coach for the 2020-21 season, going 13-10 (8-6)
      • In March 2021, Hofstra announced that Mihalich was stepping away from coaching and would transition into a new role as a special advisor to Director of Athletics Rick Cole, Jr.
  • Returned to La Salle in 2022, becoming a special assistant to new head coach Fran Dunphy
  • Along with his wife, Mary, has three sons

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