Head Men's Basketball Coach
Max Sass enters year four as head men's basketball coach at Pratt Institute, following his appointment to the position in May 2017.
Sass' third season, 2019-20, produced the a 15-9 record, Pratt's best record and winning percentage in 41 years (1978-79). The Cannoneers finished with victories of NCAA opponents Bard College and University of Valley Forge. Sophomore guard Griffin Levine led the ACAA in scoring (20.1 points per game) for the second straight season, as well as again being named to the All- ACAA First Team. Graduate student guard King Turnbull was also honored by the conference, named Second Team All - ACAA.
In year two with Sass at the helm, the Cannoneers finished 10-10, the first .500 or better season in over 20 years for Pratt. Freshman guard Griffin Levine was named All - ACAA First Team and Rookie of the Year after leading the league in scoring (20.7 PPG). Pratt led the ACAA in Field Goal percentage defense (39.4%) and 3 - point Field Goal percentage defense (22.9 PPG).
In his first season in charge of the program, Sass led the Cannoneers to seven victories, the most wins in a season since 2014-15. The team featured a balanced scoring attack with four players averaging 8.0 Points Per Game (PPG) or more and six players averaging at least 6.0 PPG. Overall, seven different players achieved career high scoring averages. The team also made significant strides defensively, improving the team's Defensive Field Goal Percentage, Three- Point Field Goal Percentage and Rebounding Percentage from the season before.
Under Sass' leadership, 5 players were named Academic All American and 5 players were named to the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) All - Academic team. Additionally, Andrew Yaglenski, '17 was honored as an All-HVIAC selection after averaging a career best 17.6 PPG (19.9 HVIAC) and becoming the program's 11th leading scorer in program history (1,176 points).
Sass came to Pratt following a successful stint as the lead assistant coach at Wesleyan University (CT) in the New England Small College Athletics Conference (NESCAC). In April 2017, Sass was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) [Under Armour 30-under-30](http://goprattgo.com/sports/mbkb/2017-18/files/2016-17_Under_Armour_30_Under_30_Team_Release-FINAL.pdf), a list recognizing the nations top young coaching talent.
In 2016-17, Sass helped guide Wesleyan to a program-record-tying 19 regular season wins and the second NCAA Tournament bid in the schools mens basketball history. Sass aided the team in reaching new heights nationally, rising as high as No. 9 in the D3Hoops.com National Poll. He also played a large part in directing the Cardinals to an outright Little 3 Championship for the first time since 1991, with a 3-1 record against rivals Amherst and Williams.
In his first year, Sass helped guide the Cardinals to 18 wins - good for third highest win total in program history - and a share of the Little Three title. Wesleyan knocked off multiple nationally ranked teams and rose as high as No. 17 in the national D3Hoops.com poll.
Prior to Wesleyan, he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, NY of the Liberty League. Over Sass' two seasons at Bard, the Raptors improved from four wins to a program record 11 wins in 2014-15, including six Liberty League victories. He was integral in all aspects of the program, including on-court coaching, practice planning, film breakdown and scouting.
Before his two years at Bard, Sass served as a graduate assistant for his alma mater, Hofstra University. At Hofstra, Max graduated from the University's Honors College with distinction and earned a BA in journalism with highest honors. As a graduate assistant and MBA candidate, he assisted the coaching staff in day-to-day operations, academic oversight, film breakdown, and social media presence.
In July and August, 2015, Max represented the U.S. as the assistant men's basketball coach at the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, Germany. He helped put together a team of 12 of the best Jewish players in the country to compete against Israel, France, Germany and other nations in the Open Division.
He is also a veteran of the summer camp circuit, coaching at numerous Hoop Group Elite Camps, Skills Camps, Top 100s, Jam Fests as well as Hoop Mountain events, plus Ivy League elite camps including Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, and Columbia.