Meet the Men’s Basketball Coaches

Head Coach: Brandon Colvin

The 2019-20 season will be Coach Colvin’s 4th at the helm for the Lakers. Colvin has continued to improve the Laker men’s basketball program, knocking off multiple NJCAA Division I ranked teams and sending the majority of his players to the next level to continue their playing careers with NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, and NAIA programs. Coach Colvin’s leadership has produced players being named to the GRAC All-Region and GRAC All-Conference teams, and an NJCAA Academic Team.

Prior to becoming the Lakers’ head coach, Colvin was the head coach and athletic director at Dakota College. He has served in coaching roles at Southwestern Community College in Iowa, Western Texas College, North Dakota State College of Science, and Minnesota State as well as coaching international basketball in Qatar, Bahrain, and Denmark.

Colvin is originally from Waverly, Illinois. He earned a B.S. in Business Computer Systems from Bradley University and an M.S. in Sports Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Assistant Coach: Dave Earp

Coach Earp will be entering his 22nd season as an assistant coach for the Lakers. He has been on the sidelines assisting the last four Laker head coaches. Earp’s responsibilities include recruiting, academic monitoring, fundraising, scouting, team travel, scheduling, practice and game preparation. Coach Earp is also responsible for running the top junior college player camp in the United States, the Mullen’s Top 100 event that is held annually in Wichita, Kansas.

His recruitment of community college athletes is legendary and second-to-none in community college basketball, with countless numbers of players moving on to play Division I or II basketball after graduating from Lake Land College. His connections with the Lake Land College district and the Indianapolis and Louisville area have made him one of the most successful community college recruiters in the past decade.

Coach Earp is a Mattoon native and continues to live there.

Assistant Coach: Julian Larry

Julian Larry enters his 4th year as assistant coach for the Lakers and his 12th season as a collegiate coach. Coach Larry’s main focus is player development on and off the court, as well as in the classroom and life.

Prior to coming to Lake Land College, Coach Larry spent two years under head coach Brandon Colvin at Dakota College. Also during his time at Dakota College, he was an academic advisor for all students, intramural sports director, and director of retention. He has also served as the top assistant at Catawba Valley Community College, where he was also the program coordinator for a minority males program on the campus. Coach Larry began his coaching career at Dickinson State University where he finished his playing career.

Larry received his B.A. in Exercise Science and University Studies. Coach Larry is originally from Ogden, Utah.

 

Assistant Coach: Chad Graves

Chad Graves enters his 4th season as an assistant coach for the Lakers. Coach Graves’ focus is post player development as well as assisting with scouting and recruiting. He played for Coach Jim Dudley and the Lakers for two seasons after high school. Coach Graves coached both JV and Varsity high school basketball at his alma mater, Arcola High School, for 12 years where he led the Raiders to two conference tournament championships and appeared in five regional title games, winning two of them.

 

 

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