Mike McGrath is in his 20th season as head men's basketball coach at the University of Chicago in 2018-19. He is the school's all-time leader in wins with an overall record of 298-209, including a 175-107 mark in University Athletic Association (UAA) play.
A three-time UAA Coach of the Year, McGrath has guided UChicago to a NCAA Division III Elite Eight berth and Sweet 16 appearance, as well as four UAA titles.
McGrath garnered UAA Coach of the Year accolades in 2007-08 after leading the Maroons to their second-straight UAA championship and NCAA Division III tournament appearance. UChicago, which finished 18-8 overall and 11-3 in conference play, ranked 25th in the final D3hoops.com poll.
In 2000-01, McGrath guided the Maroons to their best-ever NCAA Division III finish, as UChicago advanced to the Elite Eight round of the national tournament. McGrath enjoyed a highly-successful debut campaign in 1999-00, as he led the Maroons to a 23-4 record, the UAA title and a NCAA Division III Sweet 16 appearance.
Over his career at UChicago, McGrath has been named Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year four times – 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008.
McGrath spent seven years as an assistant coach to Pat Cunningham from 1992-99. During that time, McGrath helped lead the Maroons to an overall record of 107-73 (.594), including an 82-23 mark (.781) from 1995-99. Under Cunningham and McGrath, UChicago garnered two UAA championships and advanced to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 on two occasions.
During McGrath's 27 years as head and assistant coach, UChicago teams have compiled a combined record of 405-282 (.589), won six conference championships, and made six national postseason appearances.
McGrath is a 1992 graduate of DePauw University, where he spent three years as a student assistant coach. During his tenure at DePauw, the Tigers advanced to the 1990 NCAA Division III championship game. In 2003, McGrath and the other members of that team were inducted into the DePauw Athletics Hall of Fame.
A native of Bartlett, Ill., McGrath earned a master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 2004. He resides in Chicago with his wife, Kari.
Bryan Joel is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach with the UChicago men's basketball staff in 2018-19. He was promoted to full-time assistant coach in June 2018 after serving the previous three years as a volunteer assistant coach.
His coaching duties include involvement in recruiting, player development, game planning, scouting and statistical analysis.
Joel graduated from Caltech, where he was a two-year captain of the men's varsity basketball team and helped lead the Beavers to their best conference season in 44 years. He finished third all-time in three-point field goal percentage, third all-time in steals and fifth all-time in assists. He is also in the top 10 for three-point percentage in a season and steals in a season.
Joel graduated from Caltech in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He went on to earn his master's degree in predictive analytics from Northwestern University in 2017.
John Cheng joined the UChicago's men's basketball coaching staff for his first season as an assistant coach in the 2018-19 season.
As a collegian, Cheng was a four-year member of the Denison University men's basketball team. The Big Red improved upon their season win total during each year of his career. As a captain in his senior season, he helped Denison capture its first North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, earning an automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship. He was also the recipient of the Ely Washauer Teammate of the Year Award.
The Elmhurst, Ill. native previously graduated from Immaculate Conception Catholic Preparatory. As a senior, he led IC Catholic Prep's basketball team to its first conference title in 45 years and was named Suburban Christian Conference Player of the Year.
Cheng has also served as a coach for Breakaway Basketball, a skill development company and AAU program based in Westmont, Ill.
Cheng graduated from Denison in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in economics. Upon graduation, he worked at Morgan Stanley in Chicago for two years before arriving at UChicago.
Brad Nadborne, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Brad Nadborne enters his first season on the UChicago men's basketball staff as an assistant coach in 2018-19.
Now in his 25th year of coaching college basketball, Nadborne previously served as head coach at Manchester University and the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. His assistant coaching experience includes stints at Cornell University, University of Colorado and his alma mater, DePauw University.
Nadborne has been of part of two NCAA teams. In 2002, he was an assistant on a DePauw team that reached the Elite 8, losing to the eventual national champion. In 2011, his Manchester team lost in the second round to the eventual national runner-up. Nadborne was named 2011 NABC Midwest Region Coach of the Year and Heartland Conference Coach of the Year.
Nadborne has coached a future NBA player, two All-Americans and 37 all-conference selections.
Outside of basketball, Nadborne has been a college professor, a practicing attorney (John Marshall ‘93) and a commodity trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He has a 14-year old daughter, Mia, who is a theatre student at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.
Nadborne graduated from DePauw in 1981 and played three seasons for the Tigers. He transferred in from West Point, where he played his freshman season under current Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Rasheed Rosenje, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Rasheed Rosenje starts his seventh season as a part-time assistant coach with the UChicago men's basketball staff in 2018-19.
Rosenje earned his bachelor's degree in communication from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.