|Title:||Student Assistant Coach|
Mason Kochanski is in his second year as the lead student assistant coach. He held a similar role with the Clarkston High School Varsity Basketball Team, which is a perennial top level program in the state of Michigan.
In his first year, he was apart of the Cardinal coaching staff that took SVSU to the GLIAC Semifinals. Delano Smith and Myles Belyeu earned Second Team All-GLIAC honors.
Mason's second year with the program saw the Cardinals go 19-11 overall and 12-8 in GLIAC play. The Cardinals defeated Grand Valley State University three times during the season and advanced to the semifinals of the GLIAC Tournament before falling to tournament champion Davenport. Delano Smith earned First Team All-GLIAC honors, while Tyler Witz and Darnell Hoskins Jr. earned Second Team All-GLIAC honors. Following the conference tournament, Hoskins Jr. was named to the GLIAC All-Tournament team as well.
His role with the team is essential in the day-to-day operations of the program. As the Head Student Assistant Coach, Mason assists the coaching staff in all aspects including practice, travel, film breakdown, scouting reports, player development, gear, and numerous other duties. During games, he is in charge of offensive stat tracking and leading bench with energy; along with uploading game film to Synergy and handling film exchange with the opponent.
Mason graduated from Clarkston High School in 2020. He is currently studying Rehabilitation Medicine with hopes of becoming a health care worker within a sports organization.