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Steve Lavin


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Head Coach, University of San Diego Men's Basketball

Steve Lavin was named head coach of the University of San Diego men’s basketball team in April 2022.

Lavin has been associated with college athletics for more than 30 years, having previously served as head coach at St. John’s and UCLA and as a broadcaster with FOX Sports, ESPN and ABC. At St. John’s from 2010 to 2015, he led the Red Storm to 20 or more wins on three occasions, including NCAA Tournament appearances in 2011 and 2015. He missed the 2011-12 season while recovering from cancer treatment.

As head coach at UCLA from 1996 to 2003, Lavin led the Bruins to six seasons with 21 or more wins and six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1997-2002). He guided the team to five Regional Semifinals in a six-year span (1997-98-00-01-02) and signed two top-ranked recruiting classes.

In 11 years as a head coach, Lavin led teams to 10 postseason appearances, including eight NCAA Tournament berths, nine seasons of 20 or more wins, and posted a career record of 226-131 (.633). Sixteen of his student-athletes were drafted into the NBA.

Between his coaching stints at UCLA and St. John’s, Lavin worked at Disney Corporation from 2003 to 2010 as an ESPN/ABC college basketball and NBA Draft color commentator.

Born in San Francisco, Lavin has been involved in numerous charities throughout his coaching career, including Make-A-Wish, Coaches vs. Cancer, City of Hope, the Jimmy V Foundation, the USO and the Special Olympics.


In the news

Nationally-Successful Head Coach Steve Lavin Tabbed to Transform Torero Basketball

Steve Lavin, a proven winner who guided UCLA and St. John’s to eight NCAA Tournament appearances in 11 years, has been hired as head men’s basketball coach at the University of San Diego.