Show to retire as men's basketball coach after season

Show to retire as men's basketball coach after season

Coach Mike ShowMike Show, a fixture on the BBC Defender men's basketball sidelines since taking over the program in 1994 and the longest-tenured head coach in the program's history, will step down at the end of the season.

Coach Show, a 1992 BBC graduate, will remain BBC Director of Athletics and will be succeeded as head coach by current assistant Joel Nietz.

"I have enjoyed coaching, but at this point in my life it's time to step down," said Coach Show, who noted his desire to spend more time with his wife and six children. Coach Show's son, J.C., will be a freshman at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, in the fall.

"I sat down and looked at (Bucknell's) schedule and all their conference games are on Wednesdays and Saturdays, which is on the same day as BBC's conference games," he said.

Coach Show will be honored on Wednesday, February 19 in the Phelps Student Center immediately following the women's home game against Neumann University. The game begins at 6 p.m.

On-Court Accomplishments
Show went 22-10 in his first season, taking over for legendary BBC head coach Jim Huckaby. Immediately, Show's impact was felt as his team made a name for themselves with their hard-nosed defense, attention to the little details of the game, and their grittiness. In that first year, Show took his team to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournament.

Coach Mike ShowGoing into the 2013-14 season, Show had a record of 263-272 (.492). His teams have won 10 NCCAA East Regional Championships and one NEAC Championship. In 2005-06, the NCCAA recognized Coach Show as the Division II Coach of the Year. He has also coached nine NCCAA All-Americans.

As BBC's athletics programs began to expand, the college transitioned into NCAA Division III. Show had the most success during that era. From 2004-2008, his teams went 81-31 (.723), including two 20-plus win seasons.

Wide-Ranging Influence
While his on-court accomplishments are impressive, Coach Show's standard of success reaches to the number of players he has helped become true men of character. He regularly challenges his players personally and invests deeply in each player's life. He regularly blocks off time to meet with each player and talk about basketball and, more importantly, what is going on in their lives.

"Coach Show's leadership of our men's basketball program has been outstanding in discipling men for godly leadership," said BBC&S President Jim Jeffery. "He is greatly respected at BBC and by the other athletic directors of the CSAC conference."

"He will continue to lead as athletic director, overseeing the coaching staff, the new Recreation Center, and our BBC summer sports camps.

Coach Joel NietzNew Coach Ahead
Coach Nietz, a math teacher at Lackawanna Trail, has spent 10 years as the assistant coach at BBC. He excelled at baseball at Defiance College and has a mind for the game of basketball.

"It's difficult to see Coach Show step away from coaching because of his passion for what he does," said Coach Nietz. "I am excited for the opportunity to step in and lead the Defender program and continue its tradition of developing godly leaders through the game of basketball."

Coach Show expects the tradition of excellence in the basketball program will be carried on well. In addition to his heart for players, Coach Nietz is currently in charge of the scouting report for each game and spends time during practice working individually with players.

BBC is affiliated with the National Christian College Athletic Association, and NCAA Division III.

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Posted on: 2/17/2014 3:04:13 PM

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