Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Head Men's Basketball Coach
2012-13 marks the eleventh season for head men's basketball coach Rob deGrandpre after arriving on campus in September of 2002. Now the program's winningest coach since becoming an NCAA Division III member (1992), deGrandpre has built the Hawks into one of the more competitive programs in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).
Since moving to the highly competitive AMCC in 2004-05, deGrandpre’s Hawks have qualified for post-season play four times, reaching the conference tournament semifinals in 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11, and more recently in 2011-12. Last year’s team finished an impressive 15-12 overall and a program best 11-7 in AMCC play. The Hawks improved statistically in several categories including points per game (76.7), points allowed (71.2), and field goal percentage (44.3). A tough opponent on any given night, deGrandpre’s cagers led the conference in 3-point field goal percent defense (.302) and narrowly missed out on pacing the league in assist/turnover ratio (1.2). A decrease in turnovers from 489 (2010-11) to a league low 356 (2011-12) resulted in a +4.11 turnover margin – good enough to rank 26th nationally.
After rebuilding the men's basketball program during his inaugural season, deGrandpre's Hawks improved in each of the next four years. The 2005-06 team came within an overtime basket of reaching the AMCC Tournament finals before falling to nationally ranked Lake Erie College. A 14 win season followed in 2006-07 with a program-first trip to the ECAC post-season tournament, after again bowing to top-seeded Lake Erie in the conference tourney semis.
In ten seasons, deGrandpre has generated 15 All-Conference selections and 32 Hawks have earned All-Conference Academic Honors by obtaining a 3.2 GPA or higher. He has produced the college's all-time leading scorer and top three-point shooter in Dallas Reinard ('08), a two-time DIII News All-American, ESPN-The Magazine Academic All-American, and the 2006-07 AMCC Player of the Year. Under deGrandpre fellow standout Mike Reyes ('08) blossomed into the college’s all-time assist leader after pacing the conference in dishes for three years. 2005 grad Sam Gioia, a three-time all-conference selection and 1,000 point scorer, was inducted into the Hilbert College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. CJ Hodge (’14) became the first men’s basketball player to earn AMCC Newcomer of the Year honors after breaking on to the scene in 2010-11.
"Recruiting top notch student-athletes to Hilbert College to compete at the NCAA Division III level is a priority for the coaching staff", says deGrandpre. "We will continue to build on this foundation while developing the men's basketball program into a team that the campus community can be proud of".
Before arriving at the Hamburg campus, deGrandpre served as assistant men’s basketball coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he coached two-time Empire Eight Conference Player of the Year Brandon Redmond. In deGrandpre’s three years at RIT, the Tigers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2000, and made ECAC post-season appearances in 2001 and again in 2002.
Previously, he spent five years as assistant men’s basketball coach at Brockport State where he coached NABC All-District player and Honorable Mention All-American Mark Wadams. The Golden Eagles made trips to the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Division III Tournament, reaching the Sweet 16 round in 1997.
From 2000-2010, deGrandpre worked with some of Western New York’s finest amateur players while coaching the Western Open team at the Empire State Games. His teams medaled six times while capturing gold during the summer of 2005, 2007 and 2010 at the games in Buffalo, NY.
As a student-athlete at Brockport State, deGrandpre was a point guard for the Golden Eagles helping them win the 1994 SUNYAC title, earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years.
A Plattsburgh native, deGrandpre holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Brockport State where he also earned a master’s degree in the area of athletic administration.
A frequent speaker at summer basketball camps and clinics across Western New York, deGrandpre is a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, as well as the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He also serves as the director of the very popular Hilbert College Boys Summer Basketball Camp.
An assistant athletic director on campus, deGrandpre currently resides with his wife, Sarah, and two-year old son, Trey, in Hamburg.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Mick Fallis is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Hilbert College men’s basketball program, and brings a variety of experience to coach Rob deGrandpre’s bench. Fallis will assist with all facets of the program including recruiting, scouting, and practice and game-day coaching.
Fallis joins the Hawks after spending 2007-2009 at Newton-Conover City School in North Carolina where he coached the boys modified program, while also serving as the varsity program’s assistant coach.
No stranger to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), Fallis spent seven years on the sidelines at conference foe D’Youville College, including a two year stint as the Spartans head coach.
Before moving to Buffalo in 1999, Fallis held high school coaching positions at Berwick High School (LA), Kingsway Christian School (IN), and at Harrison High School in his hometown of Lafayette, Indiana. He has a multitude of summer camp experience with stops at Purdue University, UCLA, and Canisius College. More recently he served as an assistant coach with the open men’s basketball team from the Western New York Region at the 2010 Empire State Games.
Fallis holds a master’s degree in sport administration from Canisius College and has a pair of undergraduate degrees in movement and sports science, as well as physical education from Purdue University. As an undergrad, he worked as a student-manager for longtime Boilermakers head coach Gene Keady.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
In September of 2010, Garrett Hall joined the Hilbert College men’s basketball staff as the final piece to head coach Rob deGrandpre’s staff. Hall attends to the program’s film exchange needs, individual instruction, as well as recruiting, and practice and game day coaching.
Hall comes to Hamburg, NY after spending six years coaching at the high school level in Maryland and Virginia. Most recently he led the 2008-09 Kent County High School (MD) boys team to a program best 17-4 record and a berth in the 1A East Regional Championship. In two years at the helm of the Trojans program, Hall produced six all-conference players, including the conference’s player of the year in 2009.
Hall served as the junior varsity coach at North Caroline High School in Ridgely, MD (2007-08), and in 2005-06 coached the varsity girls program at Lancaster High School (VA). He got his high school start with the junior varsity program at nearby Dunkirk High School in 2004-05.
Hall is the founder of Building Tradition Basketball Camp at Chestertown Christian Academy (MD), and has worked numerous other camps including those at Fredonia State and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Assistant men’s basketball coach Justin Maxwell enters his first season on the Hawks bench after arriving on campus in September of 2012. Maxwell will assist with all components of the program while focusing on alumni relations, recruiting, and player development.
A graduate assistant coach with the men’s basketball program at NCAA Division I Canisius College from 2010-2012, Maxwell oversaw the Griffins film exchange program, coordinated summer camps, and assisted with academic monitoring.
As a walk-on at Division I Siena College from 2005-2007, Maxwell helped the Saints reach the 2007 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship Game while playing for current Iowa University coach Fran McCaffery. After transferring to Division III Utica College, the sharp shooting guard helped the Pioneers to a 35-23 record over the next two seasons. As a senior, he paced the Empire 8 Athletic Conference in 3-point FG shooting percentage while leading UC to a birth in the conference semifinals.
A graduate of Guilderland High School where he was the team MVP during the 2005 season, Maxwell earned a bachelor’s degree from Utica College in Public Administration, and a master’s degree in Sport Administration from Canisius College.
He currently resides in Cheektowaga, NY.