ANNOUNCING 10th Grade Elite Coaching Staff
No where else in New York will you find two DIII coaches, with over 20 years coaching experience, and such high coaching credentials to help assist in your growth as a player, and in your college recruitment.
Head Coach- Chris Downs
Head Coach St. Lawrence University
Chris Downs begins his 21st season as the Head Coach of the St. Lawrence University men’s basketball program. As the longest tenured Liberty League coach, and also St. Lawrence’s all-time winningest coach, Coach Downs has more than 300 career wins for the Saints. He has had multiple trips to the NCAA Tournament, with appearances in the Elite 8 and Sweet 16. The Saints have made 14 post-season appearances in Downs’ time on campus.

Downs has also developed his players to be some of the strongest on both a regional and national level. He has coached 14 1,000-point scorers, eight All-East Region selections, two National All-Americans, five conference Rookies of the Year, three conference Players of the Year and over 40 all-conference players.

He has been named Conference Coach of the Year four times, was twice named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) East Region Coach of the Year and twice named the New Balance - Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) Men's College Division Coach of the Year.

In addition to coaching, Downs is also a member of the NABC Division III All -America Committee who along with eight other coaches from around the country help decides the regional and national All-America selections.

Downs was named the head coach at 27 years old, after working alongside Division I head coaches Scott Hicks (Loyola College) and Dave Paulsen (George Mason). The Saints program currently has an all-time record of 1146-883 dating back to 1922. 

Mark Bickelhaupt
Assistant Coach St. Lawrence University
Mark Bickelhaupt has been on the St. Lawrence bench as an assistant coach since 1998 with head coach Chris Downs.
Over the past 19 years, he has worked primarily with the post players for the Saints and has mentored several All-Liberty League selections and All-Americans including Aaron Marshall and Greg Sutton.
The veteran coach and IT professional has worked a variety of summer basketball camps and is the co-director of the Saints Summer Camp on campus.
This team will attend 8 Tournaments
Four of the 8 Tournaments have already been selected to best showcase our players
4/27- 4/29- Spring Jam Fest at Spooky Nook,
Manheim, PA
5/12 & 5/13- Hoop Group Providence Jam
Fest, Providence, RI
5/18-5/20- HOF Spring Classic, Springfield,
5/26 & 5/27- Adam Finkelstein's NERR
Top 16, New London & New Haven, CT
There will not be an OPEN TRYOUT for this team.
There will be a CLOSED TRYOUT on January 28th, 2018.
If you are interested in playing on this team, you must contact either
Coach Downs at (315)323-7151/ or
Coach Pudney at (315)224-1401 /
to be eligible to be added to our tryout list for this team.