Alumni Coliseum (Paul S. McBrayer Arena) has been the home arena for Eastern Kentucky University basketball since the 1963-64 season. Read More
He delivered on that promise in his first season at the helm, bringing a high-intensity, high-scoring and high-flying brand of basketball to Richmond.
McHales Colonels ranked 18th in the country in scoring offense (80.5 points-per-game) and scored over 100 points in three games, all in front of a raucous McBrayer Arena crowd.
McHales up-tempo system led to gaudy offensive numbers. EKU was the only school in the OVC to rank in the top three in the conference in all shooting percentage categories – first in three-point percentage (39.5), second in field goal percentage (a school-record 49.1) and third in free throw percentage (73.0).
Reece Gaines, the No. 15 pick in the 2003 draft by Orlando, played three seasons in the NBA and four more overseas. He is now in his second season as an assistant coach for the Eastern Kentucky mens basketball program.
Gaines helped head coach Dan McHale turn the EKU offense into one of the most potent in the country in 2015-16. The Colonels ranked 18th in the country in scoring offense (80.5 points-per-game) and were the only team in the OVC to rank in the top three in the conference in all shooting percentage categories – first in three-point percentage (39.5), second in field goal percentage (a school-record 49.1) and third in free throw percentage (73.0).
After concluding his seven-year professional career, Gaines stepped into coaching as an assistant at Bellarmine University. Over the last three seasons, he helped the Knights to three straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 and a Final Four trip. This past season, Bellarmine went 31-4, captured the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season title and advanced to the national semifinals.
Ryan Whalen joined the mens basketball coaching staff in September of 2016.
Whalen comes to EKU following six seasons on Kevin Willards staff at Seton Hall. He was the Director of Basketball Operations in 2015-16 when the Pirates won the Big East Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed.
“I am thrilled to welcome Ryan and his family to our EKU basketball family,” head coach Dan McHale said. “I have worked with Ryan for four years at Seton Hall and Iona, and he is as passionate about mentoring student-athletes and coaching basketball as anyone I have ever been around. We are lucky to have him and he will bring immediate credibility to our staff and program. Having won a Big East championship and been groomed under reigning Big East Coach of the Year Kevin Willard, Ryan is a rising star in this business. Our family got better today.”
Terrence Commodore in his first season as an assistant coach for the Eastern Kentucky mens basketball program.
Commodore served as the Colonels Video Coordinator/Director of Player Personnel during the 2015-16 season.
In that role, the EKU graduate and native Kentuckian planned recruiting schedules for staff, assisted in on-campus official visits by recruits, and served as a liaison between players and the coaching staff.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Bobby DiRaimo is in his second season as a graduate assistant for the EKU mens basketball program.
DiRaimos duties include contributing to on-court individual instruction and team practices, handling the organization and inventory of all player equipment, assisting in opponent scouting through extensive video breakdowns and game preparation, assisting in on-campus recruiting efforts and overseeing a staff of student managers who assist with practice sessions and game preparation.
DiRaimo spent the last four years as a student manager at Louisville. While at Louisville, DiRaimo was a part of one national championship, two Final Fours, one Elite Eight and one Sweet 16.
Chris OBryan is beginning his first season as a graduate manager for the EKU basketball team.
OBryan spent the past two seasons as a student manager for the Colonels.
OBryans duties include scouting and breaking down film, charting defensive statistics, create scouting reports for opponents and helping with on-court drills during practice.