Todd McGuinnessHead Basketball Coach/ Director of Athletic Facilities
What career path did you take to your position?
I worked at Hartwick right out of college for two years as an assistant, then worked at Vassar College for two years and Case Western Reserve University for three years.
What brought you to Hartwick?/Why Hartwick?
My college basketball coach grew up in Oneonta and helped me become the assistant here. I made lots of great friends and really enjoyed my time here as an assistant so was a no brainer to move back as the head coach.
Where are you from?/Where did you go to school?
I grew up in Monroeville, PA about 10 minutes east of Pittsburgh and went to college at Bethany College in WV. I am a huge Steelers/Pirates/ Pens fan.
What does "theory into practice" mean to you?
I spend a lot of time with my players, and every minute I spend with them theory into practice is taking place. We are constantly learning and doing ... all at the same time. Everything that happens in athletics every day has something to do with the sport itself, but everything to do with a person's real-life experiences. My players deal with numerous challenges on a given day and all the learning helps them become better people.
What about your work energizes/excites you?
I am very energized and excited about competition and helping my players improve. I love to watch my players compete on and off the floor and love watching them grow as people.
How do you describe our students friends and family?
My interactions have been great and I would say high class. My players and their families are what makes Hartwick special to me.
Have you won any awards/special honors/recognition?
Yes, 2012 Empire 8 coach of the year.
What is your most valued Hartwick experience?
Seeing Lambros Areana packed with students, faculty, and staff this year for our games.
To learn more about Coach McGuinness and the men's basketball team visit: www.hartwickhawks.com.