Head Coach: Pat Lepper

Email Coach Lepper: plepper@lincolncollege.edu

Coach Pat Lepper

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:  Tyrone Johnson

Email Coach Johnson: tjohnson@lincolncollege.edu

Asst Coach Tyron Johnson

Tyrone Johnson is entering his third season as an assistant coach on Pat Lepper’s Lincoln College staff. The Chicago native is entering his fourth 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:  John Giesler

Email Coach Giesler: jgiesler@lincolncollege.edu

John Giesler

Started coaching at Jr High level at Trinity Lutheran School in Stewardson, IL. Coached 10 years, highlight was 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. Spent 5 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. Served as interim head coach in the last half of the 1996-97 season. Went 13 – 2 and defeated 8th ranked Effingham St. Anthony to win the regional championship. Head coach at Roanoke – Benson 1997-98 and 1998-99 before going to Illini Central.  Was assistant coach for three years, during which time the team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen twice. Became the head coach in 2003-2004. At Illini Central won 4 regionals, and made the final four in 2011-12 and 2012-13 finishing 3rd in 2012 and winning state championship in 2013. Coach Giesler is the all-time winningest coach in Illini Central history with 208 wins and has 240 total varsity wins in his career.

Coach Lepper says: “Coach Giesler experience is hard to beat.  His passion and a love for the game are immeasurable.  I am extremely excited to have John back for a second season.  We are building a lifelong friendship.”