Rock Valley College didn't have to look far to find a replacement to carry on the recent success of Rock Valley College men's basketball. The Golden Eagles have chosen one of the men responsible for building the national championship program as they have named Evan Lavery as the interim head men's basketball coach for the 2016-2017 season. Lavery served as an assistant coach on RVC's national championship teams in 2013-14 and 2015-16 before accepting a position on the staff at Saint Joseph's College in Indiana. A full search will be conducted following the season.
"We couldn't be more excited to bring Evan back to the Golden Eagle athletic department," said Director of Athletics Misty Opat. "Evan was integral in the success of our program over the last three years and is respected by our student-athletes, coaches and the campus community."
In his first season at RVC, Lavery assisted the Golden Eagles to the NJCAA DIII National Championship. In charge of team defense and nearly all scouts and game preparation, RVC was ranked #13 in the country in defensive FG% (40.2) and 14th in the nation in defensive 3PT% (29.7%). In the national tournament semi-final game vs. defending national champion Brookdale CC, NJ (30-1), RVC held the Jersey Blues to a dismal 31.1%. In the National Championship game, Rock Valley College held Caldwell Tech, NC (29-6) to 22-65 from the field for a chilly 33.8%.
"I would like to thank Athletic Director, Misty Opat, President Mastroianni, and our Board of Trustees for providing the opportunity to lead the men's basketball program at Rock Valley College," said Lavery.
"Over the past few years this program has developed into one the elite junior college basketball programs in the nation and I look forward to helping our student-athletes maintain a level of excellence on the court, in the classroom, and in the community."