ROCHESTER, Mich. – Former Oakland men’s basketball standout Mychal Covington has been named assistant coach, announced by Greg Kampe on Wednesday. Covington, a native of Pontiac, played for the Golden Grizzlies from 1998-2002.
“I can’t tell you how excited we are to have Mychal on staff,” said Kampe. “As a former player, he has been through our program and he will be able to relate to the players. He is well connected in AAU throughout the state of Michigan, which I think is going to help us with recruiting in the state, Detroit and Oakland County.”
Covington has spent the last 11 years working and coaching at Pontiac High School, Melvindale Academy for Business and Technology and Cornerstone Health and Technology High School. He also spent six years as head coach of AAU’s Detroit Stars Basketball Club.
“It’s an extreme blessing to return to Oakland University as an assistant coach,” said Covington. “I love the Black and Gold. Kampe trusted me as a skinny kid from Pontiac back then and I gave the program all I had as a player. Now as a coach, I plan to give the program all I have again, and do my best to help us continue to be successful.”
Covington played four seasons under Coach Kampe for the Golden Grizzlies. He ran the point and finished eighth in the country with 7.1 assists per game during his senior season, ending his career fifth all-time with 514 assists. Covington helped lead the Golden Grizzlies to the Mid-Con regular season title in their first-ever year of Division I competition in 1999-2000.
“We have a great team coming back and a great staff,” said Covington. We have high expectations of one another to have a historic season. I am anxiously anticipating getting started and working with all the fellas and being a part of our growth and getting better everyday.”