Mike Makubika is in his fourth season as an assistant coach at Florida Southern, and his eighth overall as a member of head coach Mike Donnelly's staff. Makubika spent five years as an assistant with Donnelly at Southern Connecticut State University.
During his time at FSC Makubika helped coach the Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Jarel Spellman, who set the FSC record for career blocks (196) in just two seasons as well as three more all-SSC selections. His efforts on the recruiting trail were instrumental in Florida Southern's 21-win season in 2017-18, which included a trip to the NCAA South Regional and an upset over top-seeded Morehouse in the first round. The Mocs finished eighth nationally in scoring a year ago with 88.4 points per game.
Florida Southern also excelled in the classroom over the past four seasons with 26 SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll selections, four NABC Academic Honors Court selections, and two NABC Team Academic Awards.
In his time at Southern Connecticut State, Makubika was involved with all facets of the program and helped the Owls reach the postseason in eac of his five seasons, including a 30-3 record and an NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance in 2013-14.
In five years at SCSU, Makubika helped Donnelly coach the Owls to a 97-48 record and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2014 and 2015. The 2013-14 squad finished 30-3 and advanced to the Elite Eight of the national tournament. Along the way, the Owls won their first-ever Northeast-10 Conference regular-season and tournament titles.
Makubika joined Southern Connecticut State after spending the 2009-10 school year as an assistant under Donnelly at Post University. In his role at Post, Makubika was responsible for on-court instruction, player development, scouting, strength and conditioning, and recruiting.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Makubika served as a team manager at both Syracuse and Central Connecticut State. He served as a team manager at Central Connecticut State for two seasons, before transferring to Syracuse, where he filled the same position for three seasons for legendary Syracuse coach and Hall of Famer, Jim Boeheim.
Makubika earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Syracuse in 2006 and his masters degree in higher education administration from Syracuse in 2008.