Lynx Basketball

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Pat Lepper

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Coach Pat LepperEntering his third season as head basketball coach at Lincoln College, Pat Lepper has high expectations for this year’s LYNX squad.  “We are a young team but we have tough kids that have developed a teamwork mentality,” said Lepper about the 2014-15 season.  The LYNX finished second in the Midwestern Athletic Conference last season and a game out of the region 24 championship.

Eight players from the last two years have received scholarships to continue their college basketball career. Including Aaron Simpson, who signed with DePaul University.  These two teams have produced a record of 36-28 with a 3rd place finish in conference play in 2012-13 and a 2nd place finish in 2013-14.

Lepper will return three players from last year’s team including point guard Darren Davidson.  Darren averaged 9.2 points per game and also received votes for the conference freshmen player of the year. Lepper and staff have brought fourteen new faces to this year’s squad.  Including local stand-out Edward Bowlby and Iona transfer Najeal Young.  “I’m extremely excited about the new comers,” Lepper said.  “We have made a strong effort to recruit student-athletes with high character.”

“I believe in hard work, a positive attitude, and a consistent effort, all of which will contribute to the continuing success of Lincoln College. It is an honor to have this opportunity to be a part of such a prestigious institution.”

Lepper started his college basketball career at John Wood after growing up in Jacksonville, Fla. During his time with the Blazers, Lepper was a two-time team captain. Lepper was a Third Team All-Conference selection as a freshman and a First Team All-Conference and All-Region selection as a sophomore. Lepper was also a high-achieving student at the junior college level, compiling a 3.71 GPA. In recognition of his athletic and academic success, along with a commitment to community service, Lepper was awarded the prestigious Lea Plarski Award by the NJCAA for the 2005-06 season.

After graduating from JWCC, Lepper received a basketball scholarship at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, an NCAA Division I program. Lepper was a member of the basketball team for two years and earned a bachelor’s degree in General Studies in 2008.

Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Lepper returned to Florida and joined the coaching staff at Jacksonville University as a graduate assistant. While at Jacksonville, Lepper earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Lepper returned to John Wood in 2010 as an assistant coach and was elevated to associate head coach in 2011.

“We are very excited to have Pat join our program,” said Lincoln College Athletic Director Dave Klemm. “He brings a lot of experience and energy to the institution.”

Along with his coaching duties, Pat will be an instructor in the Business Department.

Assistant Coach:  Tyrone Johnson

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Asst Coach Tyron JohnsonTyrone Johnson is entering his second season as an assistant coach on Patrick Lepper’s Lincoln College staff. The Chicago native is entering his third season in his coaching profession. Johnson came to Lincoln College after spending one season as an assistant at South Suburban College. South Suburban won 20 plus games finishing top 10 in the country among D2 junior colleges. Prior to coaching at South Suburban, Johnson coached with the AAU program Illinois Wolverines for five years and a short stint with the Illinois Old School. Johnson is also an alumni of Lincoln College.

Coach Lepper says: “Coach TY is invaluable to me on the recruiting front. He knows exactly what type of player we are looking for here.  He has a great relationship with the players and works tirelessly to become the best coach he can be.  He has a tremendous work ethic and really loves the kids.”

Assistant Coach:  Alan Leigh

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Asst. Coach Alan LeighAlan Leigh begins his first year with the Lincoln College men’s basketball program as an assistant coach for the 2014-2015 season. Coach Leigh began his coaching career last year with the Lincoln Community High School boys’ basketball team where he was an assistant coach for both the junior varsity and varsity teams. While there, he helped the Railsplitters earn a share of the Central State Eight conference title and a 2nd place finish in the IHSA Class 3A State Tournament. Leigh has also coached at numerous camps and clinics, most notably at Ohio State University and University of Illinois-Springfield. Leigh also was the head freshmen baseball coach at LCHS in the spring of 2014.

Coach Leigh grew up in East Lynn, Illinois and attended Hoopeston Area High School, where he graduated in 2011. Leigh was a three-year varsity athlete on the HAHS basketball team and he earned honorable-mention all-conference and all-county awards his junior and senior years. He currently attends Lincoln Christian University where he will graduate in December of 2014 with a bachelors’ degree in psychology. Coach Leigh is excited to be a part of Coach Lepper’s staff at Lincoln College and is looking forward to helping the players on the team learn how to be successful both on and off the court.

Coach Lepper says: “Coach Leigh has a tremendous work ethic and I can always depend on him to get the job done. He has great relationships with our guys and, most importantly, he cares for them and their success.”

Assistant Coach:  John Giesler

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John GieslerCoach Giesler started coaching at the Jr. High level at Trinity Lutheran School in Stewardson, IL. where he coached 10 years, highlighted by the 1991-92 team that went 24-4 and finished 5th in the Illinois Lutheran School State Tournament, losing only to Mike Robinson led Peoria Christ Lutheran. He then spent five years as an assistant coach at Stewardson-Strasburg High School during which time the team won 3 regional titles and made an Elite eight appearance in 1994-95. Coach Giesler also served as interim head coach in the last half of the 1996-97 season and finished the season winning 13 of the last 15 games while defeating 8th ranked Effingham St. Anthony to win the regional championship. He was the head coach at Roanoke – Benson 1997-98 and 1998-99 before going to Illini Central where he began as an assistant coach for three years, during which time the team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen twice. In 2003, Coach Giesler became the head coach where he went on to win four regional championships, and made the final four in 2011-12 and 2012-13 finishing 3rd in 2012 and ultimately winning the state championship in 2013. Coach Giesler leaves Illini Central as the winningest coach in school history with 208 wins.  Coach Giesler accumulated 240 total varsity wins in his high school coaching career.

Coach Lepper says: “Coach Giesler experience is hard to beat. His passion and a love for the game are unmeasurable.  I am extremely excited to build a relationship with John.  I am sure we will learn a lot from each other.”