The Finger Lakes Community College department of athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of Mike Broderick as the Lakers’ next head women’s basketball coach.
Broderick joins the Lakers for the 2021-22 season and brings a wealth of coaching knowledge and experience to FLCC, thanks to a decorated 38-year career coaching high school and college basketball.
The FLCC connections run deep in the Broderick family. Mike studied at FLCC for two years before transferring to SUNY Cortland, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. His wife, Mary, and daughters Barbara, Kelly, and Michelle each earned degrees on campus.
“We are an FLCC family. We’ve always known the benefits FLCC provides to its students, and I’ve always had an affection for FLCC. when you go there, you feel like a part of the Laker family. It’s a great place to get your education started and I’m excited to take on this challenge and continue the women’s basketball tradition here,” Mike Broderick said.
Kelly and Michelle were members of the women’s basketball team, while Kelly also played one season of soccer and Michelle played one season for the softball team. Kelly would later serve as the FLCC women’s basketball head coach for two seasons, guiding the program to a 46-13 record before accepting the head women’s basketball job at Medaille College.
This will be his first head coaching position at the college level, and Broderick said this is a moment he’s been preparing for ever since he started coaching.
“I never stop learning. I am always watching film, viewing instructional tapes and reading everything basketball. I can’t get enough of the game. I’ve been lucky enough to be associated with some great coaches who have helped me along the way and I know I can help develop these student-athletes at FLCC,” Broderick said.
“Our motto has always been to defend, rebound and value the ball. To value the ball and to be a good rebounding team. But we also want to play a fast-paced game and be in better shape than our opponents. We like to push the ball, attacking before the defense has a chance to get set.”
Before coming to FLCC, Broderick spent three seasons as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and three seasons as an assistant coach at Onondaga Community College, including the 1993 campaign when OCC won the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship.
“As a coach, I love the concept of making an impact on someone’s life, and I enjoy building something together as a team, the camaraderie that comes from coaching student-athletes. The relationships are really important to me, and I like helping student-athletes reach for and accomplish their dreams and goals,” Broderick said.
As a head coach, Broderick was extremely successful leading the Canandaigua Academy boys basketball team for 20 years from 1997-2017. Broderick’s Braves captured the Finger Lakes East title during the 1999 season, and Broderick was honored as the Finger Lakes East Coach of the Year. His Canandaigua squad also advanced into the Section V Class A championship game in 2002, the first time in 25 years that the school played for a sectional crown.
Broderick would also claim the Class A1 and Messenger Sports Coach of the Year accolades during the 2014-15 season, when the Braves won the Monroe County Division II title.