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Marist hires Mike Maker as men's basketball coach

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) Mike Maker, who led Williams College to the Division III national championship game last season for the second time in five years, has been hired as the men's basketball coach at Marist College.

The school announced Tuesday that Maker will replace Jeff Bower, who left after one season to become general manager of the Detroit Pistons. Marist was 12-19 last season.

The school scheduled a news conference for Wednesday.

Maker had a 147-32 (.821) record in six years at Williams, which reached the Division III Final Four three times, twice getting to the title game. The team went 28-5 last season.

Maker has been coaching for 26 years, 17 as an assistant at the Division I level. He worked at Creighton, West Virginia, Samford and Dartmouth as an assistant.

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