By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Roberts Wesleyan interim men’s basketball coach Mark Saladzius has been promoted to the permanent position. He is the 16th men’s basketball coach in school history.
Yet, he is just the second coach since the school made the switch to the NCAA Division II level.
“We are thrilled to be able to name Mark as the next head coach of the men’s basketball team,” Athletic Director Bob Segave said. “Mark has put in the time here as an assistant coach and has shown his dedication to the college and this program. The team shows enthusiasm playing for Mark and the men’s basketball program is primed to be a force in our conference. This is an exciting time for men’s basketball at Roberts Wesleyan.”
He replaces Rob McCoy, who retired from the sport in October after 16 seasons. He left the program with 185 career wins.
Saladzius served as the interim head coach for the 2018-19 season after McCoy’s retirement. He previously worked as an assistant coach under McCoy for nine seasons.
“I just want to thank President Porterfield and Coach Segave for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to be a part of the Redhawks athletic department,” Saladzius said. “As an alumnus of the college, I know how special this place is and I am truly grateful and excited to be a part of a faculty and staff that not only cares for each other, but is always ready and willing to serve others first. I also want to give a special thank you to Coach McCoy for bringing me into his program years ago and allowing me to be a part of his coaching staff after graduating.
“There are countless life lessons that I learned from coach during all those years, most that I still use on a day-to-day basis, and I plan to work tirelessly to instill them into the players in our program for years to come.”
This past season, the team went 13-9. They finished the season on a four-game win streak.
Their last loss came on Feb. 4 against Mansfield University Mounties in a 75-65 loss.
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