USD’s Lavin receives NCC coaching honor

USD's Lavin receives NCC coaching honor Chad Lavin, head coach of The University of South Dakota women's basketball team, has been named the North Central Region Coach of the Year by the Russell Athletic/Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Lavin, the other regional winners, and the national coach of the year, were recognized at a luncheon in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Women's Final Four on April 7 in Atlanta, GA.

Lavin, who is in his fifth year of coaching the Coyotes (ninth overall) after returning to his alma mater in 1998, guided the Coyotes to their fourth NCC championship and a school-record 27-5 record in 2002-03. USD shared the NCC title with SDSU, both of which recorded 14-2 records in 2002-03. On March 10, Lavin was named the NCC Coach of the Year.

Lavin, who also led USD to three NCC titles in 1982-85, was conference coach of the year in 1983-84 and 1984-85. This season, he led his team to the national playoffs, losing in the regional finals to the eventual national champion. His squad set or tied 19 school records, including winning percentage (.843).

Lavin, the all-time wins leader for head coaches at South Dakota, has a 161-94 (.632) record at South Dakota, including 27-5 (.843) in 2002-03. He sports a 336-256 (.568) overall record. In NCC play, he has a 79-59 (.572) record. At the DakotaDome, Lavin owns a 93-31 record (.747). On Jan. 11, 2002, Lavin won his 300th game with an 89-77 win over then � No. 1 ranked North Dakota.

During his coaching tenure, Lavin has four of the top five seasons all-time at USD. His 1984-85 team went 23-6, which is the second best season ever in school history.

A native of Clear Lake, Lavin was the head women's basketball coach at the University of Wyoming for 12 years from 1986-98, constructing a record of 175-162, including the High Country Athletic Conference title in 1989-90. He has been the NCC Coach of the Year in both 1984 and 1985, the year he was the South Dakota Collegiate Coach of the Year.

Lavin was the High Country Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1990. Lavin's 1996-97 team was recognized for the second-highest grade point average in NCAA Division I.

His Wyoming team is one of only two teams to participate in every High Country Athletic Conference and Western Athletic Conference post-season tournament from 1986-98.

A three-year letterwinner for the South Dakota men's basketball team, he was academic all-NCC in 1978. Lavin earned a BS degree in business management in 1978 and an MA in physical education in 1983 from USD.

Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as an amateur sport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA visit its Web

site at www.wbca.org.

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