MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Dean Ellis, the head menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sbasketball coach at Northern Michigan University, has announced that Tom Graveshas accepted the position of associate head coach with the menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketballprogram.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œTom has 10 years of experience as an assistant coach in the GLIACwhich will be a valuable asset to our program,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ellis said. During the 2004-05season, Graves served the NMU menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball program as a volunteer coach.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œHe also spent a valuable season as a volunteer assistant this past season, sohe is very familiar with our players and system,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ellis added.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Graves has been an assistant coach at GLIAC members, Saginaw Valley (2003-04) and Northwood (1988-97).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ At Northwood he was also the head golfcoach.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Some of his duties included practice planning, game preparation, playerevaluation and individual improvement programs.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI am extremely happy to be onboard and be part of the staff,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Graves said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI know that I have huge shoesto fill with TroyÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s (Mattson) departure.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He has also been involved withrecruiting of student-athletes, team travel and academic advising.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From1986-88, Graves was a student-assistant coach at NMU where he was in charge ofthe video exchange, supervised the study table and oversaw the scout team.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIam excited to work with Dean (Ellis) on a full-time basis,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Graves added.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Graves has assisted and directed basketball camps at NMU, Saginaw Valley and Northwood.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He has been involved with marketing and public relations,selling, fund raising and promotions with the Cardinals and Timberwolves.
Graves led the UW-Marinette basketball team in assistsduring his freshman year.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He graduated from NMU in 1988 with a bachelorÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sdegree in secondary education with an emphasis in history.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚