Shrewsberry adds to his staff at Penn State
STATE COLLEGE — Penn State men’s basketball coach Micah Shrewsberry continues to assemble his staff with the addition of Mike Farrelly as an assistant coach. Shrewsberry also announced Talor Battle, assistant to the head coach, and Nick Colella, chief of staff, will remain on staff.
“Mike is going to be very impactful in our program,” said Shrewsberry. “The energy he brings on a daily basis is second to none. The relationships he builds in recruiting and with his players is a big reason why he has had success at every stop in his career. He did a fantastic job in his role as the acting head coach at Hofstra last season, and I think he is a rising star in this business. I’m excited to add Mike, Gina and their family to our basketball family.”
“My family and I are so excited to be coming to Happy Valley,” said Farrelly. “We are unbelievably grateful to Coach Shrewsberry for this opportunity. Coach has a great vision for this program. I can’t wait to get to work to help him build it and to help our student-athletes reach their dreams. The Penn State community has been so welcoming. Gina, MJ, Ryan and I are thrilled to be Nittany Lions.”
Farrelly joins Penn State after eight years on the bench at Hofstra, most recently serving as the acting head coach for the 2020-21 season. Promoted to associate coach in the summer of 2019, Farrelly helped lead Hofstra to back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular-season championships in 2018-19 and 2019-20. Hofstra won the 2019-20 CAA Tournament title and earned its first berth to the NCAA Tournament since 2001.
Under Farrelly’s watch as acting coach, the Pride defeated No. 23 Richmond on the road and won 13 games during an abbreviated 2020-21 season, a total that included eight league wins and a CAA Tournament semifinal appearance. In a six-year span (2014-15 through 2019-20), Hofstra averaged 20 wins per season, including a program-best 27 wins in 2018-19 after recording 26 victories in 2017-18.
Farrelly was instrumental to the success of the Pride program under former head coach Joe Mihalich as they rebuilt a program which had only seven wins in the season prior to their arrival in 2013. Hofstra’s 24 wins in 2015-16 were its most in a decade and that season’s CAA regular-season title was its first since joining the conference in 2001. The accomplishments over Farrelly’s last six years as the right-hand man to Mihalich included four 20-win seasons and four postseason tournament appearances (1 NCAA, 2 NIT, 1 CBI). He also helped develop Pride student-athletes who won numerous accolades during his tenure, including three CAA Player of the Year recipients.
In 2020, Farrelly was named one of the top 50 mid-major assistants by Silver Waves media and to Jeff Goodman’s list of top CAA assistants.