2016-17 Men's Basketball
Record: 12-12 Home: 7-3 Away: 4-7 Neutral: 1-2 MWC: 10-8
2016-17 Men's Basketball Coaches
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Chad Murray
Head Coach- 8th Season
Murray was hired as Cornell College's 16th head men's basketball coach in August 2009.

Murray's Rams are on the rise in 2015-16 with every starter back from the senior-less squad that finished 8-15 overall, 6-12 in the Midwest Conference.

Under Murray's direction, Cornell has produced three 1,000-point scorers in Reggie Greenwood (1,440 points, 2010-14), J. Ryan Lott (1,020 points, 2007-11) and Joey Guth (1,005 points, 2010-14), while Nick Bobb (992 points, 2011-15) was just short of the career milestone.    

Murray enjoyed a successful initial 2009-10 season with the Rams, finishing 15-11 overall and placing fifth in the Iowa Conference at 9-7. Murray's 15 wins are the most by a first-year men's basketball coach in school history. The Rams appeared in the IIAC Tournament and landed two first team all-conference performers.

Prior to his arrival on the Hilltop, Murray spent eight years as an assistant coach at the Division III level with stints at Nebraska Wesleyan University (2001-02), Vassar (N.Y.) College (2002-04) and North Central (2004-09).
Murray helped spark a turnaround at North Central as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator for five seasons in Naperville, Ill. Under Murray's guidance, the Cardinals compiled a 79-51 record after posting only one winning season in 16 previous years.
Murray's 2005-06 North Central team captured the program's first ever College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament title, posted a school-record 22 wins and secured its first national tournament bid since 1990. North Central finished 16-10 in 2008-09 and qualified for the CCIW Tournament for the third time in four years. Murray coached four all-conference post players during his stay there.
At North Central, Murray worked with the post players and served as head coach for the junior varsity. He also taught courses in North Central's athletic department and oversaw the strength and conditioning of the men's basketball team. 
Murray is a 1998 graduate of Chapman (Calif.) University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in film and television. He received a master's degree in education from Capella (Minn.) University in June 2005. Murray played basketball two seasons at Umpqua (Ore.) Community College (1993-95) and one at Chapman (1995-96). He was the team's leading rebounder and third-leading scorer at Umpqua.
Murray and his wife, Jena, reside in North Liberty with their daughter Quinn, 6.
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Dave Schlabaugh
Assistant Coach- 1st Season

Schlabaugh was hired on June 1, 2016, as the lead assistant on Cornell’s men’s basketball staff.

Schlabaugh carries 32 years of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate levels in the Hawkeye State. He joins an up-and-coming Cornell program that did not field a senior on last season’s 8-15 squad. 

“Dave emerged from a long list of qualified candidates because of his vast recruiting connections, not only in the state of Iowa but in other areas of the country where we tend to look for quality student-athletes,” said head coach Chad Murray.

Schlabaugh (pronounced SLAW-baugh) works for USA Basketball as a lead coach for youth skills camps and has been a lead instructor for Snow Valley Basketball School since 1999. The Kalona native spent the 2015-16 season as assistant boys coach at Clear Creek Amana High School.

“Throughout his career, Dave has worked with some of the finest coaches in the business,” Murray said. “His experience and enthusiasm for teaching the game will be a huge benefit to our current players and myself as we look to turn the corner and compete for a Midwest Conference championship.”

Schlabaugh, a 1992 graduate of Morningside College, had a successful seven-year stint as head boys coach at Williamsburg High School from 2008-15. He compiled an overall record of 106-60, which included a 24-3 mark during his final campaign when the Raiders placed fourth in the Class 3A State Tournament.

Schlabaugh guided Williamsburg to WaMaC Conference championships in 2014-15 and 2010-11, while earning league Coach of the Year honors both seasons. He was named 2015 Class 3A District Coach of the Year by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA).

Schlabaugh’s coaching career began as boys assistant at Mid-Prairie High School (1984-88) under legendary Hall of Fame Coach Don Showalter. He then made stops as an assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College (1988-90), Morningside College (1990-96) and Mid-Prairie (2003-08) before taking the head job at Williamsburg.

At Morningside, he was part of the 1995 team that advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Division II Tournament. While at Mid-Prairie, he was voted IBCA Class 2A Assistant Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2007. His 2006-07 Mid-Prairie squad finished runner-up in the state tournament.

Schlabaugh, a Mid-Prairie High School graduate, earned his associate’s degree in education from Iowa Lakes Community College and received his bachelor’s in physical education from Morningside.

Schlabaugh resides in Williamsburg with his wife Julie. They have four children: Lindsay, 21, Zach, 19, Carly, 18, and Gabe, 14.

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Nick Bobb
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season
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David Pollicita
Manager- 2nd Season
Ryan Lee
Assistant Coach- 1st Season