Eric Lahetta, director of athletics at Bryant & Stratton College – Ohio has announced the hiring of Michael Duncan, Sr. as the new women’s head basketball coach. Duncan offers over 35 years of coaching and leadership experience in high school, college, and AAU basketball, including the last two as an assistant coach at Bryant & Stratton for the men’s program.
Duncan played an integral part in helping build the Bobcats men’s basketball program over the last two seasons under the direction of head coach, Dwayne Morrow. Morrow and Duncan have worked side-by-side in building the men’s program from the ground up beginning play in the 2018-19 season. The 2019-2020 team set new standards for the men’s program finishing with a 14-12 overall record. The Bobcats won the program’s first playoff game in program history and lost in the Final 4 of the NJCAA District 12 Division II Championship to eventual champion Lakeland Community College.
Duncan serves as President and CEO for one of Ohio’s premier AAU programs, Ohio Basketball Club (OBC). The OBC is non-profit AAU summer basketball program that has teams starting at the 3rd grade level running through 11th grade. Started in 1983, it is the oldest AAU summer basketball program in state of Ohio and is partially sponsored by Adidas. The program has sent hundreds of athletes to play at all levels of college basketball nationwide. OBC helped developed several professional athletes, college, and National Basketball Association (NBA) coaches.
“I am truly excited and honored about the opportunity to be the head coach of the women’s basketball program,” Duncan said. “As an athletic department we have a shared vision that will help shape and develop our student-athletes to their full potential through sports. Special thanks to Eric Lahetta and Paul Wehrum for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.”
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Duncan plans on bringing an up-tempo style of basketball with a team that will play tough on both ends of the floor. His expectations of the student-athletes don’t end on the court as he expects them to be solid students and responsible citizens. “I want these student-athletes to develop as people and move on to bigger and better things. That’s continuing to play college basketball at a four-year school
or while also earning their degree,” Duncan said.
Duncan has an associate degree from Golden Valley Lutheran College in Minnesota. He also attended Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He owns a cleaning and maintenance business, Dunk & Associates, LLC.Juco