Chad Lavin
Chad Lavin

Position:
Director of Women's Basketball Administration

Experience:
29th Season

Years at CSU:
Third Season


07/01/2014

CSU announces changes to women's basketball staff

Rams add Atkinson, Alvidrez, Wiens

01/31/2013

Game notes: CSU renews Border War rivalry at Wyoming Saturday

Rams tip-off at 2 p.m.

05/25/2012

Williams announces staff for upcoming season

Two former head coaches, CSU alum highlight list

01/16/2014

Women's basketball vs. Utah State

Women's basketball vs. Utah State - photos by Don Reichert

01/06/2014

Women's basketball vs. New Mexico

Women's basketball vs. New Mexico - Jan. 5, 2014 (photos by Dan Byers)

11/12/2013

CSU Women's Basketball vs. CU 11/12/13

CSU vs. CU 11/12/13

11/12/2012

CSU vs. Montana State

CSU vs. Montana State; Nov. 11, 2012

Chad Lavin returned to women's basketball in 2012-13 after a four-year hiatus from coaching. In his third season with the Rams, Lavin brings with him 26 years of head coaching experience, including 12 years at the Division I level. He will serve as a team consultant for the 2014-15 season, and he will not recruit, but he remains in charge of gameday prep, opponent scouting and practice evaluation.

A Division II Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year and two-time Regional Coach of the Year, Lavin (56) opted for early retirement in 2008, after guiding his South Dakota squad to the NCAA championship game. The Coyotes finished the season 33-2, the best record in school history, and they received a No. 2 final ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.

Lavin ended his career at USD the all-time winningest coach (273-141; .659), and he was inducted in the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

In between his first four year stint (1982-86) and his last 10 years (1998-2008) at South Dakota, Lavin was head coach of the Rams' Border War rival Wyoming for 12 seasons (1986-1998). While there he amassed a 175-162 (.519) record and led the Cowgirls to four top three conference finishes, including their only regular-season league title in 1989-90. That year the team went 24-8 overall and posted its best conference winning percentage in the history of the program at .900 (9-1).

All told Lavin has mentored seven national playoff teams and he has seven seasons with 20 or more wins on his résumé. He has been named North Central Conference Coach of the Year four times (1982-83, 1984-85, 2002-03, 2007-08), South Dakota Collegiate Coach of the Year (1984-85), High Country Athletic Conference Coach of the Year twice (1986-87, 1989-90) and was the North Central Region Coach of the Year in 2002-03.

He has coached five NCC MVPs and five CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, including director of women's basketball operations, Mandy Koupal.

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