Michael Larkin enters his seventh season as a men's basketball coach at Saint Michael's in 2018-19, and the fourth as the associate head coach. Larkin was the program's top assistant for two seasons after being promoted from a part-time capacity.
The 2017-18 Purple Knights found their stride with a 4-1 run around the mid-season holiday break before taking three foes to overtime during a late-year six-game stretch, with a 76-74 upset of eventual NCAA Tournament qualifier Saint Anselm College capping that run. By connecting on 74.8 percent of its free throws, Saint Michael's turned in one of its top performances since the 1960s. Following the season, Levi Holmes III '19 became just the second CoSIDA Academic All-America selection in program history.
A highlight to the 2016-17 team's season came by virtue of an 84-81 upset victory over 24th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, a squad that later finished as the Northeast-10 Conference Championship runner-up and an NCAA Tournament qualifier. The Purple Knights won in the University of New Haven's gym for the first time in six years, while also winning at Bentley University, the 2016 NE10 Championship runner-up before qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. Saint Michael's opened the campaign with a narrow 96-88 loss to No. 8 Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College, which had been ranked as high as second in the nation during the preseason.
A young 2015-16 squad entered the year with only two players who had ever averaged as many as 20.0 minutes per game over an entire season. After winning two games over the first two and a half months, the Purple Knights rebounded with a 5-7 finish, including an 84-75 win over 19th-ranked Saint Anselm College, which later made a run to the NCAA Tournament East Region title game.
The Purple Knights went 18-11 overall and 12-9 in the NE-10 in 2014-15, posting back-to-back 18-win seasons for just the eighth time and advanced to their first NE-10 Championship semifinal in 14 seasons. The Purple and Gold claimed the No. 4 seed from the Northeast and downed Southwest No. 5 The College of Saint Rose, 68-65, in the first round before traveling to Southwest No. 1 Southern Connecticut State University and pulling an 81-79 upset in the quarterfinals against a team that eventually qualified for its second straight NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. It was the Purple and Gold's third victory over the nationally-ranked Owls during the season. Saint Michael's fell to Northeast No. 2 Saint Anselm in the semifinals.
The Purple Knights knocked down 266 three-pointers during the season, six shy of the eight-year-old school record, while finishing 10th in Division II and first in the East Region in rebound margin (+7.9). Saint Michael's received votes toward both national polls on Dec. 30 while being regionally ranked for much of the season.
The Purple Knights went 18-9 in 2013-14 and landed an appearance in the NE-10 Championship quarterfinals after earning a first-round bye. It was a historic season for the Purple Knights, who claimed their highest overall and conference (13) win totals in 13 years. The Purple and Gold earned a vote toward the Feb. 11 National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) national poll, was ranked as high as sixth in the NCAA East Region rankings, and rattled off three different five-game winning steaks.
Saint Michael's ranked among the top 40 nationally in seven statistical categories, including claiming second in all of Division II in defensive rebounds per game and 14th in field goal percentage defense. The Purple Knights were among the top five in the NE-10 in a dozen categories while holding 14 opponents to 70 points or fewer.
During Larkin's initial season with the program, the Purple Knights yielded 70 points or fewer 20 times in 26 games in 2012-13, ultimately placing among the top five in the NE-10 in four key defensive categories. Saint Michael's finished 29th in Division II in blocked shots per game and 30th in scoring defense.
Larkin served as a graduate intern in 2010-11 and 2011-12 at Rutgers University at Newark, helping the Division III Scarlet Raiders post a cumulative 33-21 mark while twice competing in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Metro Tournament, including advancing to the 2011 title game. He was involved in numerous aspects of the program, including recruiting and scouting opposing teams.
During the 2009-10 school year, Larkin was an assistant coach at Bard (N.Y.) College. Since 2009, he has also been a coach and commissioner in the Hoop Group, a basketball camp based out of Pennsylvania.
As an upperclassman at Albright (Pa.) College, Larkin appeared in 35 games between 2007-08 and 2008-09 while helping the squad go 17-9 each season, advancing as far as the ECAC Southern Tournament championship game during his junior year. A Jacob Albright Scholar in 2006, Larkin earned bachelor's degrees in mathematics and Spanish before completing his master's degree in public administration at Rutgers-Newark in 2012.