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Chad Lavin is in his third season as director of women’s basketball administration at Colorado State and is in his fifth season overall as a member of the staff.
Lavin returned to women’s basketball in 2012-13 after a four-year hiatus from coaching. Lavin brought with him 26 years of head coaching experience, including 12 years at the Division I level. After two seasons as an assistant coach for the Rams, Lavin transitioned to his current role. While he will not recruit, he remains in charge of gameday preparations, 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 opted for early retirement in 2008 after guiding his South Dakota squad to the NCAA Tournament 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 as the program’s all-time winningest coach (273-141; .659). 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, Wyoming went 24-8 overall and posted its best conference winning percentage in program history at .900 (9-1).
All told, Lavin has mentored seven national playoff teams and 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 former director of women’s basketball operations, Mandy Koupal.
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