Mike Makubika has been a member of the Florida Southern men's basketball staff since 2015 when he came to the Mocs to continue as an assistant under head coach Mike Donnelly. He served as an assistant coach for his first four seasons at Southern before being elevated to the position of associate head coach in 2019. As a longtime assistant to Donnelly, he has spent nearly a decade on the sidelines with the Moccasins' head coach during stints at Southern Connecticut State (2010-15) and Post University (2009-10). He is responsible for film breakdown, practice plans, travel and all other aspects of day-to-day operations for the Mocs.
At Florida Southern, Makubika has helped coach and developed one all-American, six all-Sunshine State Conference selections, and one SSC Player and one SSC Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, the Mocs have made the NCAA Tournament and won at least 20 games in each of the past two seasons, along with an SSC Tournament Championship (2019). As the primary recruiter for Florida Southern, Makubika has been instrumental in bringing in some of the most talented players in all of Division II.
He has also helped the Moccasins excel in the classroom, with the team earning the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award two times and producing 30 Sunshine State Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll selections. Makubika has also helped spearhead much of the team's community service efforts, as the men's basketball team tallied nearly 300 hours of community service and outreach last year. He has also been recognized as one of the top assistant coaches in the country, earning a No. 8 national ranking of the top Division II assistant coaches in the country according to CoachStat.net.
In five years at Southern Connecticut, 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.
- CoachStat.Net Top Division II Assistant Coaches: No. 8 | 2017-18
A native of Connecticut, Makubika holds both his bachelor's (2006) and masters (2008) degrees from Syracuse University, where he served as a team manager for legendary coach and Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim for three seasons. Prior to transferring to Syracuse, Makubika spent two seasons as an undergraduate team manager at Central Connecticut State.