Steve Lavin

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Steve Lavin
Headshot from Coach Lavin of St. John's University 2010.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1964-09-04) September 4, 1964 (age 50)
San Francisco, California
Playing career
1983–1984 San Francisco State
1985–1987 Chapman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1991 Purdue (assistant)
1991–1996 UCLA (assistant)
1996–2003 UCLA
2010–2015 St. John's
Head coaching record
Overall 226–133 (.630)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 Pac-10 (1997)
Awards
2011 USBWA District 2 Coach of the Year
2001 Pacific-10 Coach of the Year
1997 Pacific-10 Champions
1997 Basketball Times National Rookie Coach of the Year
1997 NABC District 15 Coach of the Year
1997 USBWA District 9 Coach of the Year

Stephen Michael "Steve" Lavin[1] (born September 4, 1964) is an American basketball coach and broadcaster. Lavin served as head coach of two storied college basketball programs - most recently St. John's University in New York, and previously UCLA.

In eleven full seasons as a head coach, Lavin had led teams to ten postseason appearances, highlighted by eight NCAA Tournament berths, an Elite Eight ('97), five NCAA Regional Semifinals ('97, '98, '00, '01, '02) and nine campaigns of twenty or more wins.

Early life[edit]

Lavin was born on September 4, 1964 in San Francisco. He was raised in Marin County and attended Ross Grammar School before his time at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, California, where he was a member of the basketball team that won the 1982 California state championship with a 34-0 record.

Lavin initially attended San Francisco State University, where he played on the basketball team for two years. He transferred to Chapman University, from which he graduated in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in communications.[2]

Lavin's coaching career began in 1988 when he was hired as an assistant by Purdue head coach Gene Keady. After three years on the Boilermaker staff, Lavin returned to California when UCLA head coach Jim Harrick hired him as a Bruins assistant in 1991.

Prior to becoming head coach at UCLA, Lavin was an assistant coach on the Bruins' for five years, including the 1995 national championship team that finished with a 32-1 record.[2]

UCLA[edit]

Shortly before the 1996 season, UCLA fired Jim Harrick for issues related to violations at a recruiting meal.[3] Lavin was the assistant on staff with the longest tenure at UCLA and was selected as interim head coach.

Later that season on February 11, 1997, with the Bruins tied for first place in the Pac-10 with an 8–3 record, UCLA removed the "interim" tag from Lavin's title and formally named him as its 11th head coach. The Bruins then won their next 11 games en route to the Pac-10 title, before being eliminated by the Minnesota Gophers in the NCAA Midwest Regional Final.

Notable Lavin achievements at UCLA:

- During the period 1997 - 2002, Lavin's Bruins compiled nine consecutive overtime victories. These included victories over Arizona, Cincinnati (2002 NCAA second round double overtime victory over No. 1 West Region seed), Kentucky, and Stanford (then ranked No 1).[4] - In his time at UCLA, from 1996 to 2003, he compiled a record of 145–78. - From 1989 to 2002 as an assistant and head coach, Lavin participated in 13 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. - During Lavin's tenure as a head coach, he was one of only two coaches in the country to lead a team to five NCAA Regional Semifinals (Sweet 16's) in six seasons - the other coach being Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. - Lavin’s record at UCLA in the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament was 10-1. His winning percentage (90.9%) in the first two rounds is second only to Dean Smith in NCAA Tournament history. - Lavin is the only college coach to have defeated the No. 1 team in the country in four consecutive collegiate seasons: Stanford in 2000 and 2001, Kansas in 2002 and Arizona in 2003. - Lavin guided UCLA to six consecutive seasons of 20 or more wins, as well as six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.[5] - As head coach at UCLA, Lavin and his staff recruited and signed the No. 1 rated recruiting class in the country in 1998 and 2001.[citation needed] Lavin signed seven McDonald's High School All-Americans. - Thirteen of Lavin’s former UCLA players became roster members of NBA teams: Trevor Ariza, Matt Barnes, Baron Davis, Dan Gadzuric, Ryan Hollins, Jason Kapono, Earl Watson, Jerome Moiso, Charles O'Bannon, Jelani McCoy, Toby Bailey, Dijon Thompson, and J.R. Henderson.

In March 2003, following Lavin's first losing season at UCLA (10–19), Lavin was relieved of his duties as head coach.

Television career[edit]

Soon after being fired from UCLA in 2003, Lavin signed a multi-year broadcasting deal with ABC and ESPN. For seven years he made regular appearances on ESPN College GameNight and provided color-commentary alongside his partner Brent Musburger and Dave O'Brien at prime time college games around the country. Lavin also contributed to ESPN coverage on the NBA Draft.

St. John's University[edit]

In 2010, Lavin was hired as the head men's basketball coach at St. John's University. During Lavin's tenure, three of his teams earned 20 or more wins including two campaigns that led to NCAA appearances.

Lavin was the only St. John's head coach since legendary Lou Carnesecca to have achieved three seasons of 20 or more wins.

Lavin's first year at the helm resulted in a 21-12 overall record. The 21 wins was St. John’s highest number of victories since the 2002-03 season and the NCAA Tournament was the first since 2002.

Lavin inherited a team that finished in 13th place in the Big East Conference in 2009-10 at 6-12 into a squad that tied for third in 2010-11 at 12-6. Only twice before has a jump of such magnitude occurred in Big East Conference history.

Coach Lavin draws up a play

The Red Storm finished the 2011 season ranked 18th in the Associated Press Top 25, marking the first time it qualified for the postseason as a ranked team since 2000-01. The Johnnies posted a 7-1 record at Madison Square Garden and saw its home attendance climb by 38.1 percent, marking the fourth-largest increase in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.

Lavin underwent treatment for cancer on October 6, 2011, consequently only coaching four games in the 2011-12 season as his Doctors modified his schedule during recovery. [[6]

In 2012 - 13, Lavin’s third year as head coach, St. John’s finished with a 17-16 overall record. The Red Storm received an NIT bid, advancing the quarterfinals before falling on the road to Virginia.

In the 2013 - 2014 season, Lavin led the Red Storm to a 20-13 record finishing conference in a three-way 3rd place tie and an invitation to the NIT.

In 2014 - 15, Lavin led St. John’s to a 21-12 record and a second NCAA tournament appearance. This was Lavin's third season with 20 or more wins during his 5-year tenure at St. John's. Lavin directed the program to four post-season appearances highlighted by two NCAA Tournament berths.

Due to games Lavin missed from his cancer recovery (2011–12) and his Father's passing (2012–13), his cumulative record at St. John's was 81-53.

On March 27, 2015 St. John's and Lavin mutually agreed to part ways.[7]

Awards/honors[edit]

  • 1997 – International Inspiration Award from the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation (HOBY)
  • 1998 – Chapman University Alumnus of the Year (also serves on Board of Governors at Chapman University)
  • 1998 – Honorary member of the Golden Key National Honor Society at UCLA
  • 2001 - Pacific-10 Coach of the Year
  • 2005 – Distinguished Alumni award from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts from Chapman University
  • 2011 - District II Coach of the Year [1]

NBA Draft Choices[edit]

Lavin has coached 16 players who went on to play in the NBA. During one stretch, from 1997 through 2006, Lavin had a player chose in ten consecutive NBA Drafts.

1997: Charles O'Bannon (Pistons) 1998: J.R. Henderson (Grizzlies) 1998: Toby Bailey (Suns) 1998: Jelani McCoy (Supersonics) 1999: Baron Davis - (Hornets) 2000: Jermone Moiso (Celtics) 2001: Earl Watson (Supersonics) 2002: Dan Gadzuric (Bucks) 2002: Matt Barnes (Grizzlies) 2003: Jason Kapono (Cavaliers) 2004: Trevor Ariza (Knicks) 2005: Dijon Thompson 2006: Ryan Hollins (Bobcats) 2012: Maurice Harkless (76ers) 2015: Dom Pointer (Cavaliers)

Note: Former St. John's player Jakarr Sampson was not drafted in 2014, but is currently still playing in the NBA with the Sixers.

Philanthropic Involvement[edit]

Lavin, along with his wife, Mary Ann, has participated in and been involved with numerous organizations and charities throughout Lavin’s coaching career. Such charities include the Jimmy V Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, United Service Organization, Special Olympics, City of Hope, Coaches vs. Cancer, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, and Wounded Warriors.

In an October 2010 ceremony with Anthony Butler, Executive Director of St. John's Bread & Life, and Steve Starker of BTIG Brokerage, the Lavins made a $35,000, multi-year pledge to aid New York City's homeless and hungry. The Lavins were honored in 2011 with The Johnny's Angel Award, celebrating their contributions to the Bread and Life Soup Kitchen.

Lavin has been very active with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, where he has joined in numerous fundraising and awareness events. Lavin is part of The V Foundation President's Club, donating more than $50,000 to the organization. Other members of the leadership team are Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Kentucky's John Calipari, and Michigan State's Tom Izzo. In addition, Lavin has been extremely involved with Coaches vs. Cancer, a foundation that Lavin has helped raise over $1.5 million for since 2010.

Head Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UCLA Bruins (Pacific-10 Conference) (1996–2003)
1996–97 UCLA 24–8 15–3 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1997–98 UCLA 24–9 12–6 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1998–99 UCLA 22–9 12–6 3rd NCAA First Round
1999–00 UCLA 21–12 10–8 T–4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000–01 UCLA 23–9 14–4 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2001–02 UCLA 21–12 11–7 6th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002–03 UCLA 10–19 6–12 T–6th
UCLA: 145–78 (.650) 80–46 (.635)
St. John's Red Storm (Big East Conference) (2010–2015)
2010–11 St. John's 21–12 12–6 T - 3rd NCAA Round of 64
2011–12 St. John's 2−2 * - T–11th
2012–13 St. John's 17–14 ** 8–8 ** 11th NIT Second Round
2013–14 St. John's 20–13 10–8 T–3rd NIT First Round
2014–15 St. John's 21−12 10−8 5th NCAA Round of 64
St. John's: 81–53 (.604) 40–30 (.571)
Total: 226–131 (.633)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

∗ Missed games recovering from cancer surgery

∗∗ Missed games due to Father's passing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stephen Michael Lavin". Marquis Who's Who. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Steve Lavin". St. John's Red Storm. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Wolff, Alexander Out To Dinner, Out Of A Job Sports Illustrated, November 18, 1996
  4. ^ "Steve Lavin". UCLA Bruins. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ McMurphy, Brett (2011). "Steve Lavin Takes New York by Storm". aolnews.com. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ Weiss, Dick (January 26, 2012). "Steve Lavin, now cancer-free, doesn't rule out returning to St. John's bench this season". New York Daily News. Retrieved 18 March 2012.]
  7. ^ Eisenberg, Jeff (March 27, 2015). "Steve Lavin out at St. John's after five up-and-down seasons". sports.yahoo. Retrieved 27 March 2015.