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Coaching Staff

Canaan Chatman  |  Assistant Coach

Canaan Chatman joined the University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant in June of 2016.

"Coach Chatman's national AAU and high school connections provide a borderless aspect that helps bolster our recruiting efforts at Detroit Mercy,” said head coach Bacari Alexander. “His deep connections specifically in Baltimore, Illinois, Northern Indiana and Washington D.C., will prove to be valuable in the immediate future. The fact that he is originally from Chicago provides instant credibility for our program in that area. His ability to connect and mentor young people was something that stood out as well in our discussions over recent years."

Chatman is a well-known and highly successful AAU coach serving as the Adidas Grassroots Basketball Northwest Regional Director from 1999-2007 and the Nike Elite Youth Basketball Northwest Regional Director for the last eight years. In those positions, he was able to evaluate and develop relationships with some of the top high school and college players as well as high school and college coaches in the game.

He was the director of the Adidas Superstar Camp from 2002-2007, where he planned and coordinated, in accordance with the NCAA, a five-day athletic and academic skill-building session for 200 elite U.S. and international basketball players.

Chatman has also been the director of the Great Northwest Summer League since 1999, a seven-week skill development basketball summer league for all regional collegiate and professional basketball players, as well as director of the SEI/ Nike Boys Basketball Camp since 1993, which is a one-week life skills camp that uses basketball as the incentive in understanding that “Life has Options”.

He is also the founder, Executive Director and head coach of Journey’s Foundation and the founder and President of Courtside Entertainment, with both of those located in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Journeys Foundation is a non-profit organization geared towards inner city student-athletes, using athletic incentives as positive motivation towards high school graduation and secondary educational opportunities. Courtside Entertainment is a sports entertainment group founded on individualism and creativity and also has publishing rights in the music, literary and film.

Chatman starred on the court as a player in high school and college. He started his collegiate career at Oregon State before transferring to Portland Community College. He then finished his collegiate career at the University of Portland earning team MVP honors in 1994 and 1995. He led the Pilots in rebounding in both years with 8.1 in 1993-94 and 6.8 in 1994-95, and also topped the team in scoring with 18.3 points as a senior. A two-time First Team All-West Coast Conference selection, he is the fastest person to reach 1,000 points in Portland history needing just 58 games, while his 1,021 overall points is 31st in school history and his 17.3 points per game ranking fifth.  As a prep, he helped Benson High School to a state championship as a senior.

He would go on to play professionally for seven seasons in the CBA as well as overseas in Australia, Dubai, Israel, Japan, Poland, Switzerland and Turkey.

Chatman graduated from Portland in 1995 as a double major in Sociology and Communications. He is the father of current Titan Kam Chatman.


Pete Kahler  |  Assistant Coach

Pete Kahler joined the Detroit Mercy men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach in June of 2016. Kahler is well acquainted with head coach Bacari Alexander as they worked together at Ohio University and the University of Michigan.

"Pete has been a reliable and tireless worker at various stops in Division I,” said coach Alexander. “His reputation as a clinician and student of the game resonates with coaches throughout the basketball landscape. We value his contacts in Ohio, New England and several Catholic Leagues throughout the Midwest."

In his first season as an assistant in 2016-17, he helped forward Jaleel Hogan to career numbers on his way to Horizon League Second Team accolades. Gerald Blackshear Jr., also saw increased production from the front court and he worked with young players adapt to the college game in Malik Eichler and Cole Long. 

Kahler spent the last six seasons with the University of Michigan men’s basketball program serving as the Director of Basketball Operations for the last three years and the team's video analyst for his first three. 

In addition to general administration of the program, Kahler managed the Wolverines budget, scheduling, team travel, training table as well as assisting in the direction of the Wolverines’ basketball camps. He also assisted the staff with the video operations for the program.

He was a part of some of the greatest years in Michigan basketball history aiding the program to a pair of Big Ten championships as well as a Final Four and national runner-up appearance. In his six years, U-M averaged 23 wins per season and made five NCAA tournaments.

Before that, he worked with head coach Tim O’ Shea at Bryant University and Ohio University for a total of four years. At Bryant from 2008-10, he was the Director of Basketball Operations and was responsible for the program's video coordination, team travel, the monitoring of player's academics and directing all of Bryant's summer basketball camps. He also assisted in the program's transition from Division II to Division I.

At Ohio from 2006-08, he was a graduate assistant helping the Bobcats’ coaching staff with video scouting reports and handling the team's travel and operational activities, all while serving as the program’s assistant director of summer basketball camps.

He is a 2006 graduate of fellow Jesuit institution Xavier University with a bachelor's degree in Marketing. He is married to the former Allison Duda. 


Mickey Barrett  |  Director of Program Personnel & Operations

Longtime Titan men’s basketball assistant coach and former Detroit Mercy women’s basketball head coach Mickey Barrett joined the program as the Director of Program Personnel and Operations in the summer of 2016.

"Mickey is a staple in the Midwest basketball community,” said head coach Bacari Alexander ‘99. “His understanding of all facets of a program will prove to be invaluable to us. As a former head coach and long time veteran assistant, he will have a great understanding of how to provide mentorship throughout our program.”

Barrett is no stranger to coach Alexander and the Titans serving as an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University from 1991-2003 before taking over the reigns as the head women’s basketball coach for five seasons. 

A veteran of over 40 years of high school and collegiate coaching, Barrett was the recipient of the 2002 AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award, given to only 500 coaches nationwide, from all levels of competition - college, junior college and high school - and from all sports, not just basketball. Barrett began his stint on the Detroit Mercy staff in 1991 and was promoted to a full-time assistant's role in 1996.

With the men’s program, he was actively involved in the recruitment of future talent, on-the-floor coaching, scouting of upcoming opponents and helping to monitor the basketball team's academic progress.

During his time as an assistant, he worked under two great head coaches in Ricky Byrdsong (1991-1993) and Perry Watson (1993-2003) and helped the Titans soar to new heights winning three conference championships (1994, 1998, 1999), earning two bids to the NCAA Tournament (1998, 1999) and the NIT (2001, 2002), and tying the school wins record with 25 victories on three occasions (1998, 1999, 2001).

In 1993-94 in coach Watson’s first year, Detroit Mercy won the MCC Championship as the No. 4 seed, defeating top-seeded Xavier and No. 2 seed Evansville in the semifinals and finals, respectively.  

With coach Alexander and assistant coach Jermaine Jackson ‘99 in the starting line-up in 1997-98, the Titans shared the regular season crown and would go on to beat St. John’s in the NCAA Tournament, the schools first NCAA tournament triumph since 1977. The following year with both Titans back, Detroit Mercy captured the regular season and conference tournament banners and would go on to shock 15th ranked UCLA in the NCAA Tournament. 

With all-time leading scorer Rashad Phillips and future 12-year NBA player Willie Green in the starting line-up, the Titans made a historic run to Madison Square Garden and the NIT Final Four in 2000-01 as the red, white and blue went on the road to knock off Bradley, Connecticut and Dayton to advance to “The World's Most Famous Arena".

After serving 12 seasons as an assistant on the Titans' men's basketball staff, he became the head women’s basketball coach at Detroit Mercy from 2003-2007. He built the team to follow his belief on defense and ball control and that helped the red, white and blue finish with a 15-14 overall record and a 10-6 mark in conference play in 2003-04, advancing to the Horizon League championship game. Detroit Mercy also held opponents to a conference-low 55.9 points per game, a total which represented the 12th-best total in NCAA Division I.

That season also saw the Titans earn a spot on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association’s Academic Top-25 Honor Roll with a 3.308 GPA, tops in the Horizon league and the 15th-highest mark in the nation.

Overall, he coached a pair of players who earned All-Conference accolades in Nicole Anaejionu and Joyce Massey. He had two players tabbed to the HL’s All-Defensive Team in Anaejionu and Melissa Harakas, while Katie Solner was twice recognized on the All-Tournament squad.

Barrett also spent time in high school administration as the Athletic Director at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy from 2008-2010 and been a consultant at Marfrank LLC for the last five years.

He originally came to Detroit Mercy from Jesuit-rival and his alma mater Xavier University, where he had served as an assistant on the women's basketball staff for three seasons (1988-91). In his last winter there, the Musketeers posted their first winning season since 1982 and came within one victory of making the MCC Tournament.

Barrett arrived at Xavier after spending five years as the assistant boy's basketball coach at St. Edward's High School in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio. He helped start AAU basketball in Cleveland and was the head coach of an AAU All-Star team that participated in several national tournaments. During his stint with the AAU program, Barrett also owned and operated the Recruiting Communication Service, designed to assist players and parents with the college recruiting process.

He is a graduate of Xavier with a degree in Liberal Arts.


Collin Barth  |  Graduate Assistant

Collin Barth is in his second year as a graduate assistant with the Detroit Mercy men’s basketball program in 2016-17. In his second season, he will serve as the team's video analyst. 

An acclaimed AAU coach at the national level, he has been a head coach with Team Work Basketball for the last five years posting over 150 wins and securing over 10 tournament titles. He has coached 36 players who have received athletic scholarships, including 19 at the Division I level. Eight more players are currently receiving scholarship offers in the class of 2017. 

He guided his team to a No. 1 ranking in the state of Ohio in 2014 and a national ranking of No. 24 in 2013. His teams have also won such events as the Nike Cup Tournament in 2014 and the Adidas Invitational in 2015.

Barth also worked with The National Basketball Academy from 2011-2014 as a camp director, tournament site director, coach, trainer and video analyst. Part of his job included organizing and directing youth basketball camps for the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

A four-year varsity letter-winner on the hard court in college, he started his collegiate career at Wheeling Jesuit before transferring and playing three seasons with Lake Erie College.  He was named Wheeling Jesuit’s Top Newcomer in 2012 after helping the team receive a NCAA Division II at-large big and a win in the first round of the men’s basketball tournament, the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. 

At Lake Erie College, he appeared in 68 total games and was a two-time member of the All-GLIAC Academic Team. 

Barth graduated from Lake Erie College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and Business Administration. He is currently completing his MBA at Detroit Mercy. 


Max Bent  |  Graduate Assistant

Max Bent joined the Titan men's basketball program as a graduate assistant in the summer of 2017. 

"I'm very pleased about the addition of Max Bent to our program and look forward to his contributions over the next two seasons,” said head coach Bacari Alexander. “Max worked tirelessly over the years in Ann Arbor under a great program led by John Beilein, and to attract a graduate assistant of his caliber is very exciting."

No stranger to coach Alexander and Titan assistant coach Pete Kahler, Bent worked as a student manager for the University of Michigan men’s basketball program the last four years, serving as head manager as a senior.

His duties included breaking down game and practice film, scouting future opponents, and assisting the coaches, players and support staff in day-to-day basketball activities. He performed tasks with the Director of Basketball Operations, Director of Player Personnel, Video Analyst, and Graduate Manager.

Bent was also a camp counselor for the John Beilein and U-M basketball camps. 

A native of Comstock Park, Michigan, he graduated from Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and is currently pursuing a master degree in Master in Liberal Studies at Detroit Mercy.