Bruce Weber altered the Kansas State men’s basketball coaching staff Monday.
Weber, entering his eighth season with the program, made a trio of moves, promoting Mike Furlong to director of student-athlete development and adding of Jordan Henriquez-Roberts, Mason Schoen and Nate Michael as graduate student managers.
Furlong spent the past two seasons as the Wildcats’ video coordinator. He previously served as a graduate student manager (2015-17) after his playing career (2011-15) at Division II Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan.
“We are excited to promote Mike into the role of director of student-athlete development,” Weber said in a release. “He has been a part of our program as both a graduate assistant and as our video coordinator these last four years, so he knows what we expect from our players on and off the court. I know that he will continue to demand the same type of excellence from our players both in the classroom and in the community.”
Furlong replaces former Wildcat Shane Southwell, who left to become an assistant men’s basketball coach at Robert Morris.
“We’re obviously excited for Shane that he is getting the opportunity to be a full-time assistant coach at such a young age,” Weber said. “I have said before that I knew as a player that he was going to be an excellent coach. He has a great feel and I.Q. for the game of basketball. Once he got the experience working with USA Basketball at the FIBA World Cup, I knew it wouldn’t be long before he would get a chance at a full-time coaching position.”
Furlong has been a member of the Wildcats’ staff for 88 victories, including back-to-back 25-win seasons, a Big 12 regular-season title last year and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
As the director of student-athlete development, Furlong will be tasked with various responsibilities, from handling special projects for the coaching staff to assisting with community service projects and the Life Skills program. He also will also be involved in student-athlete academic development in addition to career planning and goal setting.
Furlong earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Hillsdale in June 2015 and received his master’s in Academic Advising from K-State in 2017.
Two of Weber’s graduate student managers are former K-Staters. Henriquez-Roberts played for the Wildcats from 2009 to 2013) while Schoen did the same from 2014 to 2018. They join Michael, who recently concluded his playing career at Division II McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois.
“It’s always great when former players want to come back to the program and join the coaching profession,” Weber said. “Jordan and Mason have been a part of some of the most successful teams in K-State history and they know what it takes to be successful in our championship culture. Nate is someone I have known for a long time with his dad, Tom, having played and worked at Illinois. He enjoyed an impressive playing career at McKendree, finishing among the best in several categories, and brings a solid understanding of the game.”
Henriquez-Roberts was part of the winningest senior class in school history, going 101-38 overall and becoming just the second class in school history to advance to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). He collected more than 500 points (589) and 500 rebounds (562) in his 126-game playing career to go with a school-record 210 blocked shots.
A native of Baldwin, New York, Henriquez-Roberts still ranks first in nearly every category for blocked shots, including single season (77 in 2011-12) and career (210) records as well as the most by a sophomore (43), junior (77) and senior (64) in school history.
During his senior campaign in 2012-13, Henriquez-Roberts helped the Wildcats to a 27-win season and their first conference championship in 36 years in Weber’s first season as head coach. He averaged 5.0 points on 50.7 percent shooting to go with 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
After graduating from K-State, Henriquez-Roberts played professionally in the NBA’s G-League (Rio Grande Valley and Westchester) as well as internationally in pro leagues in Finland, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Panama, Uruguay, Vietnam and Mexico. Most recently, he played for Rayos de Hermosillo in the Mexican pro league (CIBACOPA) in 2018, averaging 14.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
Schoen was the lone senior on the 2017-18 K-State squad that advanced to the Elite Eight. He spent last season as a graduate assistant at Clemson. He helped the Tigers go 20-14 overall, including a 9-9 mark in the ACC. Clemson made it to the second round of the Postseason NIT.
A native of Overland Park and a four-year walk-on, Schoen developed into a team leader, guiding the Wildcats to consecutive 20-win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances as a junior and senior. He was the team’s co-captain during the run to the Elite Eight. An eight-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, he twice was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team (2017, 2018).
Schoen earned two bachelor’s degrees as an undergraduate at K-State, including a finance degree in May 2017 and a marketing degree in May 2018 while also taking classes towards an MBA.
Michael recently wrapped up a five-year playing career (2014-19) at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, where he finished 22nd on the Bearcats’ all-time scoring list with 1,528 points. One of the school’s best all-around shooters, he drained 226 3-pointers in his career, sixth-most in program history. He also made 86.2% (344-of-399) of his attempts from the free throw line, the fifth best-percentage all-time at the school.
As a junior in 2017-18, Michael set the school’s single-game scoring mark, pouring in 51 points in the regular-season finale at Quincy University on Feb. 24, 2018. The previous record of 47 (by Rich Herrin) had stood for 62 years. As a fifth-year senior last season, he led the Bearcats in multiple categories, including scoring (13.8 points per game), 3-point field goals (66) and free throw percentage (91.3) to go along with averages of 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 31.3 minutes per game. He also set the single season mark for free throw percentage at 91.3 percent (84-of-92).
Michael earned a master’s degree in psychology (2018) and an MBA (2019) from McKendree.
Michael finished as the career leader in 3-point field goals (192) at St. Joseph-Ogden High School in St. Joseph, Illinois. He was a first-team all-state selection as a senior in 2013-14, averaging 18 points, four rebounds and three assists per game.
Michael’s father, Tom, the athletics director at Eastern Illinois, played basketball at Illinois from 1991 to 1994, a time in which Weber served on Gene Keady’s Purdue staff.