RVC News Release:
Evan Lavery who recently completed his second season as the head men’s basketball coach at Rock Valley College, has accepted an assistant coaching position under Craig Doty at Emporia State University (NCAA Division II) in Emporia, Kansas.
“I could not be happier for Evan. He is a rising star in the profession and has worked extremely hard to put himself in this position. We wish him and Craig much success as they embark on this new adventure,” said RVC Women’s Basketball Head Coach and Athletic Director Misty Opat “Undoubtedly, they will work together to repeat what they have accomplished here at RVC.”
From assistant coach to associate head coach to head coach, Lavery has helped build and maintain Rock Valley College as an NJCAA national powerhouse. Since his arrival in 2013, the Golden Eagles have amassed a 144-27 (.842) record, have made three trips to the NJCAA DIII national tournament, and won two NJCAA national championships, the first for men’s basketball in the program’s history.
Lavery’s 2017-18 team posted 27 wins, the fourth highest single-season total in the 53-year history of the program, including road wins over three NJCAA Division I opponents. RVC posted a 12-3 (.800) record against NJCAA Division I and Division II opponents, including an 87-75 win over #2 ranked NJCAA Division II Triton College. Last season also marked the fifth consecutive year where the RVC’s men’s basketball team finished the season with at least 23 wins. The Golden Eagles ranked in the top 10 in all 12 NJCAA DIII national polls in 2017-18, and for the fourth consecutive season spent the entire year nationally ranked from start to finish, climbing as high as #2 overall. In the midst of RVC’s season-high 14-game winning streak, Lavery was named Hoopdirt Junior College National Coach of the Week.
“It has been a special five years at Rock Valley College,” said Lavery. “In my time as an assistant and as a head coach, 144 games were won, outstanding memories were created, and most importantly, our student-athletes were put in situations to move on to the next level after their time with us had been completed. I would like to thank President Jensen, Jim Ryan, and Misty Opat for their support over the years. RVC is a special place.”
Lavery holds degrees from Kishwaukee College (AS), Central Methodist University (BS), and Fort Hays State University (MS).