Mike Marcial is entering his fourth season under Bruin head coach Shane Paben in 2017-18, his eighth overall as a college coach. Coach Marcial is the program’s recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator, academic coordinator, and strength and conditioning coach. He also assists with on-floor coaching, scouting, player development, and offseason workouts. During his time at Bellevue the Bruins have won three straight conference championships, appeared in three straight national tournament, won two conference tournament championships, and made a run to the 2017 Final Four.
In 2016-17 Bellevue swept the North Star's Regular-Season and Tournament Championships. Their 11-5 league mark was good for a share of the regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed in the league tournament where they parlayed their home court advantage into wins over Presentation, Dakota State, and Dickinson State. The Bruins were seeded sixth in the Duer Bracket where they claimed a first round upset over third-seeded Briar Cliff, exacted revenge on seventh-seeded York in the team's third meeting of the year, and pulled off on overtime win against top-seeded Bethel (Ind.) to reach the program's fourth Final Four. In addition, the Bruins were awarded for the first time in program history the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award.
The Bruins claimed their seventh-straight conference regular season championship in 2015-16, claiming a share of the North Star Athletic Association title in their first season in the league. Bellevue reached the NAIA Division II National Tournament for the 14th-straight year and reached the 20-win plateau for the 16th time in a row, finishing with an overall record of 20-12.
The 2014-15 season was Marcial’s inaugural season for the Bruins and helped claim the program’s sixth-straight MCAC regular season title and won the conference tournament as well, wrapping up the season with a 28-6 overall mark and a No. 14 final national ranking.
The Clovis, Calif. native previously coached at Fresno City College the past two seasons and helped guide the Rams to two-straight Central Valley Conference titles, two Northern California State Tournament berths and an Elite Eight appearance in 2014. While on staff at Fresno City, the Rams accumulated an overall record of 54-10.
Prior to his two-year stint in Fresno, Marcial spent the 2011-12 season at Lassen College in Susanville, Calif. as the head assistant coach and in 2010-11, he was the video coordinator at his alma mater, Sacramento State.
As a student-athlete at Sacramento State, Marcial started at point guard for the Hornets from 2008-2010 and led the Hornets in assists and ranked eighth nationally in NCAA Division I in assist-to-turnover ratio in 2009-10. In addition, Marcial was pivotal in diminishing the Hornets’ 39-game road losing streak, and helped lead the team to its first victory over a Pac-12 school in 53 years during his senior season.
Marcial’s collegiate career began at Fresno City College where he was a Central Valley Conference MVP, California all-state selection, California State Tournament MVP, California State Champion in 2007 and Elite 8 in 2008.
Marcial received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sacramento State and attained his master’s in kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University in 2012.
Updated June 28, 2017