Athletics: Men's Basketball
Head Coach Scott McClary
Scott McClary returned to his alma mater in 2009 as Muhlenberg's 23rd head men's basketball coach. In his first five seasons, he has led the Mules to a 77-55 (.583) record and four Centennial Conference playoff berths, one of which led to the program's first appearance in the Centennial Conference championship game since 2001.
McClary inherited a senior-laden team and led it to a CC playoff berth and the program's first postseason road win in nine years in 2009-10. With a younger team in 2010-11, the Mules finished 13-12 in a campaign highlighted by individual school records for points and blocked shots in a season and the program's first first-team Academic All-American in 30 years.
In 2011-12, Muhlenberg finished 18-9 for its most wins in 10 years, came within one win of an NCAA Tournament bid and won two regular-season tournament championships. The team's players included a finalist for the Jostens Trophy (the Division III player of the year) and the Mid-Atlantic Region rookie of the year.
The 2012-13 team finished 17-10, set a school record with 12 CC wins and returned to the CC playoffs, falling to the top seed by two points in the semifinals. The following season, Muhlenberg bolted to an 8-1 start, its best in more than a half-century, en route to a CC playoff berth.
A 1994 graduate of Muhlenberg, McClary spent seven years as an assistant coach with the Mules: three years as a student assistant and four years as the top assistant, helping lead the Mules to Centennial Conference championships in 1995 and 1998.
McClary came back to Muhlenberg after six years as head coach at Marymount University, where he compiled a 74-83 record, including winning records the last three seasons. In 2009, he was named Capital Athletic Conference coach of the year after leading the Saints to nine wins in their last 13 games and a run to the CAC championship game.
Prior to coaching at Marymount, McClary was the top assistant under Pete Strickland at Coastal Carolina University. Before that, McClary spent three seasons at Bishop O’Connell High School, helping Joe Wootten turn around a program from winning six games to winning 30, including a Virginia state title in his final season.
Perhaps the strongest influence upon McClary as a coach comes from working with Hall of Fame Coach Morgan Wootten of DeMatha High School. Spending the 1998-99 season on DeMatha’s bench as a varsity assistant, McClary helped coach a team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation and featured future NBA players Keith Bogans and Joe Forte. He has also spent the past 20 summers helping Wootten with his renowned summer camp, serving as league commissioner for 13 years.
Assistant Coach Marqus Hunter
Marqus Hunter is in his third season as an assistant basketball coach at Muhlenberg. A 2009 graduate of Misericordia University, Hunter was a four-year member of the Cougar basketball team and received the Coaches Achievement Award as a senior. He went on to earn his master's in organizational management, with a specialization in human resources, from Misericordia while working as an athletic administration intern. Hunter, who hails from Paterson, N.J., also has experience as a teacher's aid in the Dallas, Pa., school district and a human resources intern at Guard Insurance Group in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. In addition to his coaching duties, he is assistant to the athletic director and multicultural program director at Muhlenberg.
Assistant Coach Dawud Abdur-Rahkman
Dawud Abdur-Rahkman joined the Muhlenberg coaching staff for the 2013-14 season, bringing more than 15 years of overall experience as a basketball coach, including seven at the collegiate level.
From 2000 to 2005, Abdur Rahkman was assistant coach at Division I Howard University, where he recruited and signed a top-200 player in the country and was part of an 18-win season in 2002. In 2011 and 2012, he built a college program from scratch as the head coach at Penn State Lehigh Valley.
Abdur-Rahkman, who received both his bachelor’s (2002) and master’s (2007) degrees from Howard, also has more than 10 years experience as a head basketball coach at the High School Elite AAU level and coached scholastically at nearby William Allen High School, Notre Dame Academy (Middleburg, Va.) and Hampton Roads (Va.) Academy. He served in the United States Army for eight years, achieving the rank of sergeant.