Sam Hargraves is in his fourth season as head men's basketball coach, and his 16th year of collegiate coaching overall. He was named to the position in May 2011.
Since Hargraves arrival, the Scots immediately became a very competitive program in the MIAA. In both the 2012 and 2013 MIAA seasons the Scots margin of defeat was a six-point differential compared to a 17-point differential in 2011, and in 2014 the point differential was a mere three points per game. The 2014 conference mark of six wins and eight losses is the best MIAA winning percentage since the 1991 season - the Scots also posted the first three-game MIAA winning streak since 1998.
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).
Hargraves, a native of Alanson, MI, played and graduated from MIAA-foe 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% (143-356). He was also a career 84% free throw shooter.
The 1994 graduate of Alanson, Hargraves 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.
Hargraves coaching career began as an assistant at Alma College from 1998-2000. Other assistant coaching experience for Hargraves includes eight years at NCAA division II and GLIAC members Hillsdale College and Northwood University, and three years of division III experience at Lawrence University and Dominican University (IL).
Hargraves and his wife Annalyse, who works as an Alma College admissions representative, reside in Alma.