Linfield College men’s basketball coach Shanan Rosenberg has named Mickey Polis as assistant coach.
“We are fortunate to have Mickey coaching with the Linfield men's basketball program and campus community,” said Rosenberg, who starts his first season this fall. “He will have an important role in all facets of our program.”
Polis comes to Linfield from Portland State University where he served as Director of Basketball Operations under head coach Tyler Geving. He spent the previous four seasons in that position, during which time the Vikings reached the Big Sky Conference semifinals twice, losing each time to Weber State and NBA rookie of the year Damian Lillard.
Polis played two years at Lower Columbia College where he participated in two NWAACC tournaments. After receiving an Associate Arts degree from LCC, Polis transferred to Portland State for his final two seasons. With Polis on the roster, PSU won 46 games, two Big Sky Conference titles and twice qualified for the NCAA tournament. In the tournament, Polis was 3 for 3 from the three-point line with three assists and two steals. He led the Vikings in three-point field goal accuracy, shooting 47 percent.
Polis graduated from Portland State in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and went on to earn his master’s degree in education with a State of Oregon teaching certificate.
A native of Longview, Wash., and a graduate of Mark Morris High School, Polis played for Hall of Fame coach Bill Bakamus, leading the Monarchs to four Class AAA state tournament appearances, three of them as a starter. He earned all-state honors, averaging 13 points, seven assists, and three steals a game. His high school basketball career culminated in a state runner-up finish in 2005.
“Mickey brings exceptional coaching pedigree and a wealth of high-level athletic experiences to Linfield,” said Rosenberg. “I am particularly excited for our players who will have an opportunity to learn from Mickey.”
The men’s basketball season begins Nov. 1 with an exhibition game at Western Oregon. The first counting game is scheduled for Nov. 16 at home against SUNY-Old Westbury.
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