Damien Strahorn enters his eighth year as the Richard L. Whitmore Jr. Head Coach of the Colby College men’s basketball team in the 2018-19 season.
Strahorn helped the Mules to a seven-win improvement during the 2013-14 season. One of the 14 wins came against defending national champion Amherst.
Strahorn was the head coach at Plymouth State University before coming to Colby and an assistant coach for four years at Columbia University. He is the first head coach, other than legendary coach Dick Whitmore, to lead the Mules since 1970. Strahorn is the seventh head coach in Colby men’s basketball history dating back to the 1937-38 season.
Strahorn is a 2002 graduate of Colby, with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in administrative science.
Despite taking over a Plymouth State team with just one returning starter and a squad predicted to finish last in the Little East Conference, Strahorn helped the Panthers to a sixth-place finish and an 11-14 record.
Strahorn was in the Ivy League at Columbia for four years under then head coach Joe Jones. Strahorn was named interim head coach for the spring after Jones left for Boston College. He was in charge of spring workouts and did some home visits to the incoming first-year players.
Strahorn started out at Columbia as a third assistant and quickly worked himself up to Jones’ top assistant for his final two years with the Lions. Strahorn helped Jones lead Columbia to the most Ivy League wins during a three-year span since 1994 and helped them tie for most wins in one season in 30 years with a 16-12 record in the 2006-07 season. Columbia had the best four-year record during Strahorn’s time with the Lions since 1980.
Strahorn coached four years with Whitmore, first as a volunteer and then working himself into a paid assistant coach position.
Strahorn, a native of Menlo Park, Calif., was a two-year player at Colby after transferring from Foothill College. During his senior year at Colby, Strahorn earned All-New England Small College Athletic Conference First Team honors and was named to the All-New England Second Team. A captain his senior year, Strahorn averaged 22.9 points per game.