Men’s basketball: Macalester’s Woldeslassie recognized as a rising D3 coach


ST. PAUL, Minn. – Macalester College Men’s Basketball Head Coach Abe Woldeslassie ’08 was selected as one of the top 50 Division III men’s basketball coaches in the nation by Silver Waves Media. The list includes coaches who have served as head coaches at Division III colleges for five years or less.

This is the fourth year at Macalester for Woldeslassie, who returned to his alma mater in 2018 as head coach. The Scots have improved every season under Woldeslassie, who was 7-18 in his first year following a 3-22 campaign the year before his arrival. His second team improved to 8-17, followed by the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season which saw Macalester go 2-2. This year’s team is currently on a three-game winning streak and is 7-9 overall going into tonight’s game against Concordia.

A two-time All-MIAC guard at Macalester, Woldeslassie developed his coaching style by serving as an assistant at Division III and Division I levels. He began his career at Bowdoin College before making stops at Division I programs in Dartmouth, Davidson and Siena. A Minneapolis native, Woldeslassie is a graduate of St. Thomas Academy, where he was an all-conference player and his team’s co-MVP in 2004.

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