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Lonnie Griffin Finalizes Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

Lonnie Griffin Finalizes Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

MIDLAND, MICH. – Lonnie Griffin, the head coach of the Northwood University Men's Basketball team, has finalized his first coaching staff.

The newest member of the staff is Carlos McMath, who was recently hired as an assistant coach.

McMath spent six seasons as the head coach at Delta College. In 2018, he guided the Pioneers to the national tournament for the first time since 1989, leading the team to the final four. McMath was named the District 10 and Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Coach of the Year for his efforts. At Northwood, he will serve as the recruiting coordinator as well as lead the program's social media efforts among other responsibilities.

"I am very fortunate to have Carlos join our staff this season," said Griffin. "His success as a head coach at Delta College will bring an immeasurable amount of experience to not only myself but our players.

"His ability to build a high level program that made it to the NJCAA National Tournament will help us to continue to build a championship culture here at Northwood. The relationships he has built in his time coaching will serve him well in his role as recruiting coordinator."

The remainder of the coaching staff stays intact. Darvin Ham is now in his second season as an assistant coach for the Timberwolves, while Weston Kartes is in his third year on staff. Ham's main responsibilities will include serving as the Director of Player Development focusing on the guards, camps, equipment and agility/conditioning.

"I can't be happier to have Darvin as a part of my first staff at Northwood," said Griffin. "His passion for our student-athletes and this University are second to none. Darvin's experience as a high-level player in the GLIAC and his professional career give him a strong understanding of what it takes for our players to be successful."

Weston Kartes is in his third year at Northwood. He will return as head coach of the junior varsity program. Kartes will also work with front court players and be in charge of database maintenance, academics and will serve as the video/analytics coordinator.

"I have been fortunate to work with West the last two seasons and his with video and analytics have played a major part in our recent success. I know he will continue to help in our success in an expanded role in our program."

The Timberwolves went 18-13 last season, reaching the GLIAC Tournament Championship game.