PALATINE HILL -- Tim McCrory has been selected as the next men's basketball coach for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers, Director of Physical Education and Athletics Shana Levine announced on Wednesday.
McCrory brings a decade of coaching experience to the Pioneers, most recently as the associate head coach for Oberlin where he has spent the last seven years. There, the Yeomen saw a nine-win improvement in his last season. In two of the last three years, Oberlin finished with double-digit wins.
"I would like to thank Shana Levine and the search committee for the opportunity to be the men's basketball coach for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers," said McCrory. "I am looking forward to building trust with our returning student-athletes, starting to build new relationships on the recruiting trail and engaging with our alumni. Lewis & Clark values excellence academically and athletically, and I am very grateful to be part of this community."
"I am thrilled to welcome Tim as our next men's basketball head coach," said Levine. "Throughout the process, Tim demonstrated a passion for the Lewis & Clark student-athlete experience where students can combine a high-quality liberal arts education with a competitive basketball experience. This is an exciting time in the life of the men's basketball program, and I am excited to see Tim build upon the program's past success and have a positive impact on the lives of our current student-athletes."
The goal of Lewis & Clark athletics is Building Champions in the classroom, competition, character and community, which prompted McCrory's initial intrigue into the opportunity.
"The reputation of Lewis & Clark as a premiere academic institution sparked my interest," said McCrory. "My aim is to continue working with students who are dedicated and committed to all aspects of the student-athlete experience."
The men's basketball program recently received recognition for their success within the Building Champions philosophy, as Lewis & Clark sophomore Nico Bricker, who was second on the team in scoring last season, earned the Dell Smith Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award at Tuesday's end-of-year awards show, the ELCYS (Excellence in Lewis & Clark's Year of Sports).
McCrory is a former men's basketball student-athlete at Vermont where he played over 100 games. After a couple of years as a graduate assistant at Missouri, McCrory joined the staff at Oberlin in 2011, where he has been since. He was promoted to associate head coach before the start of last season.
At Vermont, McCrory was selected to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll four times. He earned his master's degree in public administration from Missouri in May of 2010.