Davidson’s new head coach Matt McKillop received his first engagement since being named his father’s successor.
Accordingly, the obligation comes from the son of another coach, Michael Lofnainwho starred for his father at Boston College High School for the past four years, winning the MIAA Division I state championship as a senior and being named Massachusetts Max Preps Player of the Year as a result.
“This year has been really special. When I grew up and saw my father’s coach, I always knew that I wanted to play for him,” Lofnain said. “Being third and winning a state championship with one of his sons to have it all end this way was something special.”
Lofnain will complete a graduate year at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire before joining Davidson in the class of 2023.
Despite his illustrious high school career, Lofnain did not receive his first Division I scholarship offer until this spring, when he became a key contributor to the Under Armor Association’s Middlesex Magic Spring Championship. Since then, he has seen his staff grow rapidly, and he has received many offers from the Ivy League to the Atlantic 10 conference.
When MacKillop proposed on Tuesday, it only took Lofnain about 24 hours to make a verbal pledge.
“Once that happened, I was ready to pull the trigger,” he said.
In addition to combining athletics and studies, the opportunity to play as another coach’s son resonated with Lonein.
“After getting to know him, I realized what it meant for him to take on his father’s legacy and continue coaching there,” Lofnain said of his future coach. “I myself am the son of a coach and I understand how special it is.”
Davidson gets an intelligent and experienced defender who is something of a throwback to a floor game that is exceptionally healthy at base and almost always in control. He shoots consistently from behind the three-point line, is reliable with the ball in his hands, and can play basketball or off it. He passes well, understands intervals and concepts at both ends of the court.
In the words of the coach, he “just knows how to play.”