Mike Roux has been promoted to associate head coach of the women's basketball team. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's basketball head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith announced today (March 27) that Mike Roux has been promoted to the position of associate head coach. Roux previously served as an assistant coach on the women's basketball staff over the past two seasons. In his role at Harvard, Roux has also served as the team's recruiting coordinator.
"I am very happy to name Mike our associate head coach," said head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. "His transition to Harvard was flawless. Mike has a strong ability to form relationships and develop players. He is in coaching for all the right reasons, which matches our philosophy perfectly here at Harvard and makes him an invaluable member of my staff."
Roux helped guide Harvard to a 21-9 record in 2016-17, the program's 12th 20-win season and first since 2013-14. Harvard finished third in the Ivy League and qualified for the inaugural Ivy League Tournament. The Crimson earned a seventh WNIT bid in program history, advancing to the second round with a 69-56 win over New Hampshire on March 17.
Prior to his arrival in Cambridge in the summer of 2015, Roux served as an assistant for five years at the University of New Hampshire, including the last three as the associate head coach.
Coaching 10 all-conference players, Roux was the recruiting coordinator at UNH and served as acting head coach for 14 games during the 2012-13 season. Roux helped the Wildcats to its third-highest win total in program the following year.
Roux joined the UNH staff in 2010 after serving as an assistant coach at Holy Cross. Prior to his stint with the Crusaders, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Southern New Hampshire University, where he helped lead the Penmen to an overall record of 18-11 during the 2008-09 campaign. Before arriving at SNHU, Roux spent two seasons as an assistant coach for his alma mater Assumption College.
From 2003-05, Roux was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the men's basketball team at Nichols College. A 2002 graduate of Assumption, Roux was a member of the soccer team and assisted the women's basketball team as a member of the practice squad.
A native of Lancaster, Mass., Roux and his wife Deb have four children, Joshua, Rileigh, Mikayla, and Ben.