Steve Donahue was introduced as the John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball on March 17, 2015. He is the 20th head coach in program history.
Donahue's third year at Penn was one of the most memorable in the program's illustrious history. The Quakers went 24-9 overall, the most wins since the 2001-02 team had 25. In Ivy League play, Penn went 12-2 during the regular season and clinched a share of its first Ancient Eight title since 2006-07. Following the regular season, the Red and Blue defeated Yale and then co-champion Harvard in the Ivy League Tournament to earn the program's first NCAA Tournament bid since 2007. The Quakers traveled to Wichita, Kan., where they fell to top-seeded Kansas, 76-60, in what amounted to a home game for the Jayhawks.
Donahue’s hiring marked a return to Penn for the Delaware County native; he was an assistant coach for the Quakers under Fran Dunphy from 1990-91 until 1999-2000. During that 10-year span, Penn won six Ivy League titles including four separate undefeated conference campaigns, compiling a 182-91 overall record that included a 114-26 mark in Ivy play.Read more »
Nat Graham returned to his alma mater when he was hired to the men's basketball coaching staff in May 2014. In September 2018, Graham was promoted to the position of K. Gelb Family Associate Head Coach of Men's Basketball
Graham returned to his alma mater after spending four seasons at Boston College under Coach Donahue, three of those as associate head coach. He joined the Eagles for the 2010-11 season after serving the previous five seasons as an assistant coach under Donahue at Cornell.
Graham helped guide the Big Red to 111 victories and three Ivy League titles in his five years. In 2009-10, Cornell finished with a 29-5 mark and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Big Red established school records for wins, points (2,545), three-pointers (326), and blocked shots (127). The season marked the program’s third straight 20-win campaign.Read more »
Joe Mihalich Jr. was hired as an assistant coach with the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball program in April 2015.
A Philadelphia native and the son of longtime Niagara and current Hofstra head men’s basketball coach Joe Mihalich, the move to Penn marked a return to the area for Joe Jr. He spent two seasons as a graduate assistant with the men’s basketball program at Villanova University under Jay Wright, working directly with the Wildcats’ director of basketball operations; organizing and overseeing team and summer camps; and helping out with academics, scouting and recruiting. During Mihalich’s time with the program, Villanova posted a 46-20 record and made two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Prior to his arrival at Penn, Mihalich spent four years at the University of Scranton (Pa.) as the Royals’ assistant coach under head coach Carl Danzig. There, his primary responsibilities included recruiting, scouting, player skills’ development, overseeing daily operations, and development and implementation of game and practice plans.Read more »
Sarah Parks W'19 was named the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations in June 2019 after more than three years as a student manager with the program.
As an undergraduate student manager with men’s basketball, Parks traveled with the Quakers to the NCAA Tournament in March 2018 and the team’s foreign trip to Italy in May 2018. She also spent her senior fall semester studying in Madrid, Spain. As a manager, Parks was looked to as a strong leader. She prepared the work schedules for each manager during her senior year, trained new managers to be fully contributing members of the staff, and assisted Fadem in preparing for road trips.
A basketball player in her own right, Parks played for the women’s club basketball team at Penn and served as the club’s President for more than two years.Read more »
Kris Saulny was hired as an assistant coach with the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball staff in June 2022.
Saulny came to Penn after spending the 2021-22 season as a graduate assistant coach at George Washington University, working primarily with the Buff & Blue's defense. Prior to that, he spent two years at Division III California Lutheran University.
A D.C. native, Saulny played his collegiate basketball at nearby Widener University where he earned his degree in Business Administration Management and Marketing. Saulny is currently pursuing a master's certificate in Management and has completed a Quantitative Business Foundations certificate.