Head Coach: Pat Lepper
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Named head men’s basketball at Lincoln College in 2012-13, Pat Lepper has high expectations for this year’s LYNX squad. “We are going to play hard, smart, and together. Everything else will take care of itself,” said Lepper about the 2015-16 season. The LYNXS finished fourth in the Midwestern Athletic Conference last season and a game out of the region 24 championship.
Twelve players from the last three years have received scholarships to continue their college basketball career under Coach Lepper. Including Aaron Simpson, who signed with DePaul University and Najeal Young who signed at the University of Illinois Chicago. These three teams have produced a 3rd place finish in conference play in 2012-13 and a 2nd place finish in 2013-14.
Lepper will return eight players from last year’s team including two starters guard Edward Bowlby and forward David Anderson. Out of the eight returners, five players received significant playing time in their freshmen seasons. “I’m extremely confident in my sophomores. They know what it takes to win at this level,” Lepper said. Lepper and staff have brought eight new faces to this year’s squad. “I’m extremely excited about the new comers,” Lepper said. “These guys work hard!”
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. Lepper also received the David R. Skelton award in 2008 at IPFW. This award was given to a student athlete that accomplished outstanding performances in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community.
Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Lepper returned to Florida and joined the coaching staff at Jacksonville University (NCAA Division I) 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: Vernell Robinson
Coach Vernell Robinson is entering his his 1st year of coaching at Lincoln College and his 9th year of coaching basketball overall on varies levels. As a youngster, Robinson participated in basketball and football and began to develop a love for athletics. This love turned into a passion and landed him as a 4-year varsity letterman at Manley High School located on Chicago’s West side. Through hard work and determination, Coach Robinson was awarded a football scholarship to the prestigious Alabama State University located in Montgomery, Alabama. Family obligations relocated Robinson to Lincoln College where he was a successful student and a member of several organizations on campus. Robinson graduated from Lincoln College in 2009 with his Associates of Arts in General Education.
Coach Robinson’s hunger for coaching was first realized at the age of 17 during a mission trip to Ghana, West Africa. It was this experience that compelled him to further develop his talent for coaching at Stephen Decatur Middle School during the 2009 season. After substantial success during his tenure, Robinson’s coaching experiences afforded him opportunities at Decatur MacArthur High School and AAU teams Illinois Wolfpack and Illinois Warriors Elite17u.
Robinson’s coaching accomplishments include two Regional Championships, AAU Championships, four Decatur Holiday Tournament titles, three IHSA Regional Finals appearances including two IHSA Regional championships. To his credit, Coach Robinson has mentored several players to academic and athletic success, culminating in collegiate participation.