- Inside Athletics
DETROIT, Mich. -- Craig Covington, longtime men's basketball assistant coach and associate head coach, was named the program's third head coach in a recent campus release provided by Marygrove's President, Dr. David J. Fike. The move was made possible after Dave Sichterman, athletic director and men's basketball head coach, announced his plans to step down from his positions to become the athletic director at Olivet College.
A fixture of Marygrove men's basketball, Covington arrived prior to the 2007-08 campaign under then-head coach, Glen Donahue. Since then, Covington has helped steer heralded recruiting classes to the northwest Detroit campus. This year, the Mustangs brought in a solid class by adding five new players to the fold. Covington is excited about his team and thankful for the opportunity to lead the Mustang basketball program.
"I'm very thankful for the opportunity Dave and Dr. Fike presented me," Covington said about being named head coach of the Mustangs. "Our program has improved continually in recent years under the guidance of our coaching staff. We are blessed to have a great group of guys in our program and I look forward to coaching them soon."
Before arriving at Marygrove, Covington enjoyed a successful, three decade high school coaching career. His high school coaching career was highlighted by back-to-back MHSAA Class A State Championships (2000 & 2001) while coaching for Pontiac Northern – now Pontiac High due to district consolidation. Notable members of the championship teams were former University of Michigan star, Lester Abram, and Chicago State standout, John Cantrell.
A proud father, Covington has watched his sons, Craig and Mychal, follow the family coaching footprint over the years. Craig, his eldest son, currently is the head coach at Detroit's Allen Academy under the direction of Antonio Hitchcock – Allen's AD and head coach of Marygrove's women's basketball program. Craig coached a number of years in the college ranks before returning to coach high school basketball. Mychal, entering his second year as head coach at Melvindale ABT in 2013, led the team to a 21-3 record in his first season (2012-13). Mychal played college basketball in the late 90's at Oakland University (OU), his father's alma mater, under current OU coach Greg Kampe.
Coach Covington is a 1976 graduate of Oakland University where he earned a B.A. in Psychology. While in pursuit of his degree, Covington played four years of basketball and baseball for OU. Covington currently resides in Troy with his wife Terri.