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Mike O'DonnellMike O'Donnell
Men's Head Coach

Mike O’Donnell is in his fourth season as the head coach of men’s basketball at Finlandia University. During his tenure the Lions have produced five All-Association of Division III Independents selection, nine top three additions and two school records.  O’Donnell is 27-46 in three years.

O’Donnell is no stranger to Finlandia as he left his mark on the basketball program.  He was the first player in school history to score 1000 career points finishing with 1320 (4th).  In 2000-01 O’Donnell was named tournament MVP as he led Finlandia to the National Small College Association Division I National Championship.  During the season he set two records that still stand; free throws attempted (170) and rebounds (265).  O’Donnell ranks among the top five in 11 career categories and is the all-time leader in free throws made (351), free throws attempted (497), minutes (3509) and rebounds (815).

In the fall of 2004, O’Donnell began teaching at Lakeview Elementary and coaching the boys varsity at Negaunee High School.  In 10 years, the Miners were 180-48, won six Mid-Peninsula, eight district and six regional championships and went to the state semi-finals three times.  O’Donnell was named UPSSA Class ABC Coach of the Year three times as well as being named Negaunee Schools Teacher of the Year in 2012-13.

O’Donnell was a two-time All-Mid Peninsula Conference selection and All-UP choice in basketball and football at Negaunee High School.  As a sophomore he led the Miners to the Class C State Quarterfinals and as a senior they finished 22-2 and were the UP Class C Team of the Year.
O’Donnell resides in Chassell with his wife Lacey and their two kids, Clare and Paige.


Mariah Dunham
Women's Head Coach

Mariah Dunham is in her second season as head coach of the Finlandia University women’s basketball team.  She is also the Senior Women’s Administrator and Assistant A.D. for Wellness.
In 2018-19, the Lions finished strong winning seven of their last 11 games and were the number two seed in the ACAA Tournament.  Katie Lundeen was the ACAA Rookie of the Year and an All-ACAA first team selection.

Dunham comes to Finlandia after two years with AAU Level UP Express Basketball.  She started the program in March, 2017 with two teams (23 athletes) and grew it to five teams (45) athletes in 2018.

Dunham was a four-year starter at Watertown High School (Wis.).  She helped the Goslings win four regional championships and as a sophomore they reached the Division I State Championship game.  Dunham was A.P. State Player of the Year as a senior and is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1684 points.

Dunham earned three letters as a student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin.  As a freshman she helped the Badgers reach the WNIT championship game.

Dunham played her senior year at Northern Michigan University.  She averaged 14.1 points and 5.2 rebounds a game and helped the Wildcats advance to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Semi-Finals. Dunham was a GLIAC second team and earned a B.S. in Communication Studies.

Following graduation, Dunham was a volunteer coach at Finlandia as well as coaching girl’s and boy’s basketball at Baraga High School (Mich.). She was an assistant coach at Lake Superior State (2013-14) and Northern Michigan (2014-16).  During Dunham’s tenure at NMU, the Wildcats qualified for the GLIAC Tournament both years.

Dunham is finishing up a MS degree in Public Administration from Northern Michigan.  She resides in Houghton.