Head Men's Basketball Coach – Pratt Cannoneers
Max Sass was named Pratt Institute head men’s basketball coach in May 2017.
He comes 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, a list recognizing the nation’s 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 school’s men’s 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 heading to Middletown, CT, Sass spent two years as the assistant coach at Bard College. In his two years with the program Sass helped guide the Raptors from 4 wins, to the best season in program history with 11 victories, including six over Liberty League competition. In his two years on the bench, the Raptors recorded program milestones with Bard’s first win over a NESCAC school (Conn College, 11/16/2013), Centennial Conference school (Swarthmore, 11/16/14), Union College (1/10/15), Hobart College (1/17/15), and Rochester Institute of Technology (2/14/15). Sass also assisted in the 2015 season sweep of local rival Vassar College, including a 28-point win over the Brewers (2/28/15), which marked the Raptors’ largest Liberty League margin of victory in the team’s 4 years in the conference.
Sass’ responsibilities include in-game and practice coaching, scouting, video breakdown, directing the Bard Summer Basketball Camp and Elite Prospect Camp, helping organize and run the annual Rumble in the Valley AAU Tournament as well as coordinating the recruiting efforts for the high academic Division III program.
In his role of recruiting coordinator, Sass has been integral in securing back-to-back excellent classes that have allowed the Raptors to compete every game in the Liberty League. Among his recruits was unanimous Liberty League All-Rookie Team selection DeVahnte Mosley. The guard from New Jersey lead all Liberty League rookies in rebounds, blocks and minutes and finished second in points, assists and steals. In just his first season with the Raptors, Mosley led the team in points, assists, steals and free throws.
Also in the 2014 class were forward Jelani Bell-Isaac and point guard Emmanuel Rainey, a pair of players who contributed significant minutes as freshmen and appear to be potential All-Conference players moving forward.
Sass helped the Raptors add a terrific 2015 class, highlighted by Cardozo (NY) forward Armando Dunn and Long Island Lutheran guard Tim Quashie.
Over two years Sass helped mentor three All-Conference players, Lamar Powell, a 2014 second team all conference guard, Alex Fabean-Scotch, a 2014 All-Rookie selection and Mosley. He has also coached the seventh and eighth 1000 point scorers in Bard history, in Powell and Class of 2015 forward Siondueh Burnette.
Prior to Bard, Sass served as a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team at his alma mater, Hofstra University. During his year with the Pride, Sass assisted the coaching staff in every facet of the program including day-to-day operations, video scouting, gear distribution, player academic and off court oversight, recruiting visits, workouts and practices and community service projects. He also coordinated and overhauled the team’s social media presence increasing followers and community interaction.
For the past foursummers Sass has served as a coach and runner for multiple Hoop Group Elite Camps, Jam Fests, Skills Camps and Top 100s. He has also coached at Hoop Mountain and D1 Certified summer exposure camps along with many Ivy League Elite Camps including Columbia, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown.