Taylor Lavery has been named as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Howard College. Lavery will be involved in all areas of the program, including recruiting, opponent scouting, player development, academic support, and day-to-day operations.
Prior to Howard, Lavery served as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at North Central Missouri College in Trenton, MO. In his two seasons with the program, the Pirates compiled a record of 34-19 and earned back-to-back Region XVI championships (2021, 2022). In 2021, North Central Missouri College captured the Central B District Championship to punch their ticket to the NJCAA DII National Tournament in Danville, IL.
Lavery also spent two seasons (2018-19, 2019-20) as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, WY. The Rustler squad won 20 games in 2019-20. He got his start in coaching at the collegiate level as a Graduate Assistant at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA, a NCAA DII school.
Lavery has assisted in sending over a dozen players to the four-year level (NCAA DI, NCAA DII, and NAIA), has coached five Academic All-Americans, and one NJCAA All-American.
He had a stellar collegiate playing career at NCAA DII University of Minnesota-Duluth and NJCAA DII Kishwaukee College. He was named to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) team his senior year. He scored 17.8 points per game, which was eighth in the conference, and shot 84.1% from the free throw line, which was fourth in the conference. At Kishwaukee, he was named All-Region both his freshman and sophomore years.
Following his playing career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Lavery played one season of professional basketball for BCM Baia Mare in Romania.
A native of Dyer, Indiana, Lavery holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Minor in Business from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, as well his Associates of Arts from Kishwaukee College.