Urbana University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Rob Summers announced Wednesday the hiring of Columbus, Ohio, native Mike Petrie as an assistant coach. Petrie will oversee on-court instruction, working mostly with guards and wings, while heading up the academic counseling of players, among other duties.
“Mike is a hard-working young man who has been perfecting his coaching skills on the AAU circuit and training college players,” Summers said. “Being from central Ohio, he will help us a lot with our recruiting efforts around the area. With his drive to be the best, I’m sure he will have a long career in the coaching profession.”
Petrie, a former three-year starter at Heidelberg University, most recently served as lead developmental skills trainer at IBT Academy based out of Columbus.
“I’m excited about joining a college program that is on the rise and committed to doing things the right way,” Petrie said. “I’m looking forward to bringing a new face and competitive edge to an already dynamic coaching staff. I’d like to thank Coach Summers for this incredible opportunity.”
Petrie trained numerous collegiate players among all levels during his time at IBT Academy, including a few players from overseas. He also assisted with organizing camps for players ranging from elementary school to major NCAA Division I programs. Additionally, he worked as an assistant coach for the Columbus Mustang Ballers.
During his college playing days, Petrie was heralded as a three-point specialist and still owns the single-game record for most threes made in a game (eight). He served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons, while earning the Prugh Prize for sportsmanship and leadership. In his senior year, he averaged 11.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game.
Petrie also appeared on the Dean’s List twice and earned scholar-athlete recognition three times. He graduated in 2014 with a 3.4 grade-point average, studying history and education.
While attending Beechcroft High School, Petrie started three seasons on the basketball team and earned All-City Honorable Mention accolades as a senior.