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Rejniak Named Head Men's Basketball Coach at SUNY New Paltz
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, MA – Amherst College assistant coach Mike Rejniak has accepted a position to become the new head men’s basketball coach at the State University of New York at New Paltz, following a successful four-year stint in the Pioneer Valley.
“I would first off like to thank Athletics Director Suzanne Coffey, head coach Dave Hixon, assistant coaches Ron Buelow and John Halas, trainer Stan Zieja and most importantly our student-athletes for an unforgettable experience,” said Rejniak. “The relationships I have formed here are ones that will last a lifetime. Amherst College is a special place for all who come in contact with it and I look forward to watching the Lord Jeffs continue their tradition of excellence both on and off the court.”
During his tenure at Amherst, the squad posted an 87-26 overall mark with a 26-10 record in NESCAC play. As a member of Hixon’s staff, Rejniak helped guide Amherst to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a national runner-up finish in 2008 and a national quarterfinal berth last season.
Responsible for recruiting, scouting, film editing, player development and on-court instruction during his time as a Lord Jeff, Rejniak has helped coach five All-Conference honorees, including 2008 NESCAC Player of the Year Andrew Olson '08, 2011 NESCAC Rookie of the Year Aaron Toomey '14 and NABC Division III All-American Conor Meehan '11.
In four years as an Amherst assistant, Rejniak worked national recruiting ties to bring in over 15 student-athletes to the Lord Jeff men’s basketball program and has played an integral role in having nine Amherst student-athletes go on to play professionally in Europe and the United States following graduation.
“My experiences as a Lord Jeff have prepared me to pave the way for a new and exciting era in SUNY-New Paltz basketball. Having followed the SUNYAC conference for several years, I am eager to start coaching in such a strong conference that has shown national prominence,” Rejniak said. “I am passionate about laying the foundation for a tradition of excellence at New Paltz that will thrive for years to come; just as I have helped maintain at Amherst. Hawks basketball is ready for the next level and I am very proud to be at the helm.”