Sam Hargraves is in his fifth season as head men's basketball coach, and his 18th year of collegiate coaching overall. He was named to the position in May 2011. Hargraves also serves as the assistant athletic director for advancement at Alma College and is the advisor for the campus chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Since Hargraves arrival, the Scots have become a very competitive program in the MIAA. During the 2014-15 season, Alma recorded 12 victories, the most wins since with 1996-97 campaign. The Scots also posted a 9-5 mark in MIAA to finish fourth and qualify for the MIAA Tournament for the first time since 1997. The league record was the best at Alma since the 1977-78 season. The Scots also defeated Calvin for the first tiime since 1998-99, and Hope for the first time since 1997-98 last season.
Several players have thrived under Hargraves system. In 2012, Tom Erickson and Cory Schneider were both named All-MIAA Second Team and Schneider graduated as the school-record holder for most three-point field goals made in a season with 70. 2014 graduate Isiah Law set the single game three-point field goals made mark with eight. Fellow 2014 graduate Brandon Krause finished his career as one of the most consistent players in the history of the program, leaving Alma tied for second on the games played list with 100 while his 239 career assists are sixth most in school history. Krause was a two-time All-MIAA Second Team selection (2013-14). Last season, Alma had two players earn All-MIAA honors. Scott Nikodemski, a first-team selection, let the league in assists and steals, while DJ Beckman received second team honors.
Hargraves, a native of Alanson, Mich., played and graduated from Calvin College after a stellar career at Alanson High School.
While at Calvin, Hargraves played three years of varsity basketball, and as a senior, was named to the All-MIAA Second Team (1998). In his final campaign, he led the league in three-point field goals made with 71, good for ninth in Calvin College history. He ended his career as one of the top three-point shooters at the school, ranking eighth in career three-pointers made with 143 and 12th in three-point field goal percentage at 40.2 percent (143-356). He was also a career 84 percent free throw shooter.
A 1994 graduate of Alanson High School, Hargraves garnered First Team Class D All-State honors, amassing 1,507 career points in just three seasons. During his senior year, he averaged an impressive 29 points per game.
Hargraves' coaching career began as an assistant at Alma College from 1998-2000. Other assistant coaching experiences for Hargraves includes eight years at NCAA Division II and GLIAC members Hillsdale College and Northwood University, as well as three years of NCAA Division III experience at Lawrence University and Dominican University (IL).
Hargraves, who earned his Masters degree in physical education from central Michigan university in 2000, resides in Alma with his wife Annalyse.