Mark Bialkoski begins his third season as video director for the men’s basketball team.
“Mark has a diverse background in intercollegiate athletics and will be outstanding addition to our basketball program,” said Maryland head basketball coach Mark Turgeon.
In his three seasons on the staff, the 49ers captured the Great Alaska Shootout and Puerto Rico Tip-Off titles and reached the Charleston Classic championship game. The 49ers defeated No. 10 Butler on the road as well in 2013. The 49ers won 52 games, including a 21 wins season in 2013 which marked the program’s first 20 wins season since 2007-08. With another winning season in 2014, the 49ers posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2007. Charlotte made its first postseason tournament appearance since 2008 with an NIT appearance in 2013.
During the 2012-13 season, Bialkoski played a major role in helping set up the first annual Military Appreciation game (the Georgia Southern game) where the 49ers were able to raise over $600 for military personnel.
As Director of Operations, Bialkoski helped with team travel, budgeting, scheduling and academic support as well as helping run the Alan Major Basketball Camps. In the fall of 2013, the Niners men's basketball team achieved its highest semester grade point average in program history.
While as a program assistant and graduate manager at Charlotte, Bialkoski did advance opponents scouting, assisted in scheduling, and managed all video related tasks for the coaching staff in addition to designing and developing the first Charlotte 49ers Men’s Basketball Newsletter. Bialkoski facilitated all pre- and post-game practice set-up, created recruiting mail-outs and was a key resource to all basketball operational functions.
The Jacksonville, Florida native earned a Bachelor’s of Science with a major in Exercise Science from Georgia Southern in 2008. While at Georgia Southern, Bialkoski served as head manager for the men’s basketball program under Head Coach Jeff Price. During his time at Georgia Southern, the Eagles captured the 2006 Southern Conference Championship. He also served as assistant director of the Jeff Price Basketball Camp.
Bialkoski and his wife, La Shae Marie, have a daughter Baylee Josephine and a son Finley.