Michael Shewmaker was named Assistant Coach of the Norwich University men's basketball team prior to the 2017-18 season, Head Coach Paul Booth announced on Aug. 9, 2017. He'll enter his second season with the Cadets in 2018-19.
Shewmaker joins the Cadets from Castleton State University where he assisted the Spartans men’s basketball team since June 2013. The squad racked up an impressive 46-26 record against North Atlantic Conference foes across that span. He was tasked with assisting the daily preparations of practices, on-court instruction, and individual workouts.
“I am pleased to welcome Michael to the Norwich family,” remarked Booth. “His experience in Division III basketball and knowledge of the State of Vermont will be invaluable to our program. I look forward to working with him during the upcoming season.”
Earning No. 15 on the “Top 25 Small College Assistants” list published by CoachStat.net, Shewmaker has coached three First Team All-NAC selections, including the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2014-15. During his tenure, Castleton posted its first-ever victory over a nationally-ranked opponent, downing No. 9 WPI on Nov. 23, 2013.
“I would like to thank Coach Booth and Director of Athletics Tony Mariano for this opportunity,” remarked Shewmaker. “I am excited to be a part of such a storied University and basketball program. Coach Booth is an outstanding leader with an immense knowledge of the game – I am eager to learn from him.”
Prior to his time at Castleton, Shewmaker was a volunteer graduate assistant at Fairleigh Dickinson University, an NCAA Division I institution, from September 2011 to February 2012. Assisting the Knights players with pre-season individual workouts, Shewmaker also aided the coaching staff with practices, film exchange and academic support.
Off the court, Shewmaker served as an Athletic Academic Advisor at Fairleigh Dickinson, meeting with student-athletes on a regular basis while assigning tutors, planning semester classes, and discussing academic opportunities while fostering positive relationships.
A 2011 graduate of Castleton with a degree in Sport Management, Shewmaker later earned his master’s degree in Sport Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson in 2013. He resides in Northfield, Vt. with his wife, Leah, his son, Tristan, and dog, Baxter.