Mike LaPlante

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Mike LaPlante
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1966-10-27) October 27, 1966 (age 50)
Holyoke, Massachusetts
Playing career
1985–1989 Maine
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989–1991 Yale (asst.)
1991–1996 Maine (asst.)
1996–2000 Auburn (asst.)
2000–2008 Jacksonville State
Head coaching record
Overall 95–137 (.409)

Michael McCormick LaPlante (born October 27, 1966) is an American college basketball coach, who coached Jacksonville State University for eight seasons.[1] His contract was not renewed following the 2007-08 season. Before becoming the head men's basketball coach at JSU, LaPlante served as an assistant coach at Auburn University, University of Maine and Yale University. LaPlante also worked as a consultant to the Senegalese Basketball Federation.


LaPlante was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts to Edward and Phyllis LaPlante. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Maine with a B.S. in Education and earned his J.D. degree from the Birmingham School of Law in 2012. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama. LaPlante is married to the former Leslie Henson and has four children; Courtney, Jackson, McCormick and Kaylee.

Coaching history[edit]

Jacksonville State University

During his tenure at JSU LaPlante set Division I school records for most wins in a career (95), most wins in a season (20), most wins in a two-year period (34), and most wins in a three-year period (47).

Auburn University

Prior to being named Head Basketball Coach at Jacksonville State, LaPlante served as an assistant coach to Cliff Ellis at Auburn University from 1996 - 2000. While at Auburn the program set new records for most wins in a season (29), most wins in a two-year period (54), and captured the school's first SEC Basketball Championship in over 40 years. LaPlante quickly established himself as one of the top recruiters in the country by helping Auburn to four Top 20 recruiting classes.

University of Maine

As an assistant to Rudy Keeling at the University of Maine, LaPlante quickly established himself as an excellent recruiter and on the floor coach. During his tenure at Maine the Black Bears set school records for most wins in a season (20), reaching the 20 win plateau for the first time in school history. It was during this time that LaPlante established a relationship with the Senegalese Basketball Federation as a consultant that has led to his strong connection with that country's basketball development.

Yale University

LaPlante's first coaching opportunity was as an assistant to Dick Kuchen at Yale. While at Yale the Bulldogs set modern era records for most wins (19) and made a run at the Ivy League Championship losing out to Princeton.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Jacksonville State Gamecocks (Atlantic Sun Conference) (2000–2003)
2000–01 Jacksonville State 9–19 3–13 7th
2001–02 Jacksonville State 13–16 8–12 T–7th
2002–03 Jacksonville State 20–10 10–6 2nd (North)
Jacksonville State Gamecocks (Ohio Valley Conference) (2003–2008)
2003–04 Jacksonville State 14–14 7–9 T–5th
2004–05 Jacksonville State 7–22 2–14 11th
2005–06 Jacksonville State 16–13 12–8 4th
2006–07 Jacksonville State 9–21 7–13 9th
2007–08 Jacksonville State 7–22 5–15 11th
Jacksonville State: 95–137 (.409) 54–90 (.375)
Total: 95–137 (.409)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Mike Plante. sports-reference.