Moynihan named assistant coach for Mountain Lions
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College men's basketball coach Pete Herrmann announced the addition of Michael Moynihan as an assistant coach on his staff.
Moynihan joins the Mountain Lions after spending the past season as a graduate assistant for the North Georgia College & State University men's basketball team. His duties with the Saints included recruiting, skill development, scouting and handling day-to-day operations of the program.
"Michael will be a great addition to our staff," said Herrmann, who led Young Harris to a program best 22-4 record last season. "Michael loves basketball. When I saw him play basketball, he was a team leader as a point guard. He is really looking forward to help us build the program as we join the Peach Belt Conference. He has very strong ties to basketball in the state of Georgia."
Prior to North Georgia, Moynihan served as the boys' basketball assistant coach for one year at Buford High School. Moynihan, along with head coach Allen Whitehart, coached the Wolves to the Georgia High School Association Class AA State Championship in their first year on staff. Buford was ranked in the Top 10 in Georgia AA for the entire 2010-11 season.
Moynihan spent two years as a member of the Saints basketball team, earning All-Georgia Basketball Coaches Association Team honors and second-team All-Peach Belt honors during his senior season despite missing the last seven games of the season with a knee injury.
He transferred to North Georgia from Georgia State University where he spent two seasons playing for the Panthers and started the final six games of his sophomore year, averaging 13 points and four assists during those starts.
While in a North Georgia uniform, he led the Saints in assists every year. During his senior season he led the team in points and assists averaging 14.4 points and 5.2 assists per game. He also shot 82.2 percent from the free throw line, and was 39.7 percent from long range. During his two years as the point guard for the Saints, he was a career 40.4 percent three-point shooter.
Moynihan, who is the grandson of legendary basketball coach Lefty Driesell, graduated from North Georgia with a bachelor's degree in business management.