This year, you'll hear from keynote speaker Steve Lavin, former St. John's University (10'-15') and UCLA (96'-03') basketball coach on recruiting and motivation with a passion for excellence.
In his combined 11 years as head coach at St. John's and UCLA, Lavin led teams to 10 postseason appearances, including eight NCAA Tournament berths and nine seasons of 20 or more wins. Sixteen of his student athletes were drafted by the NBA. Lavin knows a thing or two about recruiting and honing talent.
In his 28th year associated with collegiate athletics, Lavin's impressive list of career experiences also includes Purdue University, ESPN/ABC, Fox Sports and Pac 12 Networks.
As Head Coach of St John's University Men's Basketball program from 2010 to 2015, he led the team to four postseason appearances in four years including 20 or more wins on three occasions, and two NCAA tournament appearances in 2011 and 2015. During coaching tenure at St. John's University, he signed the No. 3 (2011) and No. 8 (2012) ranked recruiting class. Lavin missed the 2011-12 season due to recovery period from cancer treatment. Record at St John's University 81-53.
As Head Coach of UCLA Men's Basketball program from 1996-2003, Lavin led the team to six seasons of 21 or more wins. Under his coaching, the UCLA team advanced to the NCAA tournament in six consecutive seasons ('97, '98, '99, '00, '01, '02). He also directed the Bruins to five NCAA Regional Semifinals in a six-year span ('97, '98, '00, '01, '02). During his coaching tenure at UCLA, he signed two recruiting classes ranked No. 1 in the country. Fourteen of the student athletes were drafted to the NBA. Record at UCLA 145-78.