|Title:||Head Men's Basketball Coach|
Sam Hargraves was named Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Alma College in May 2011. Hargraves joined the Scots after two years as an assistant coach at Division III Dominican University.
Hargraves is entering his 16th year of collegiate coaching, his third at the helm of the Scots. 2012-13 saw the Scots continue the rebuilding process as the team finished 9-16 overall, marking back to back nine win seasons for the team. Playing a very competitive non-league schedule, Alma went 5-6 with impressive wins against Baldwin-Wallace and Oberlin. In addition, the team lost hard-fought contests against perennial powers Wheaton College and Ohio Northern University.
During his first year, Hargraves led his squad to five league wins, tied for most MIAA wins in the past 16 years. Two of those wins came over second-place Adrian College, for a season sweep over the Bulldogs. Additionally, five league losses were decided by five points of less.
Hargraves, a native of Alanson, MI, played collegiately at Calvin College after a stellar career at Alanson High School. He garnered First Team All-State honors for Class D, amassing 1,507 career points in just three seasons. His senior year, he averaged an impressive 29 points per game.
While at Calvin, Hargraves played for two national championship-winning coaches in Ed Douma (1992) and Kevin VandeStreek (2000). He played three years of varsity basketball, and as a senior, was named to the All-MIAA second team. 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 with 40.2% (143-356).
His coaching career began at Alma College in 1998 as an assistant under then-Head Coach Kevin Skaggs. Other coaching experience for Hargraves includes stops at Hillsdale College, Northwood University, and Lawrence University.