Craig Doty | Head Coach
Three-time National Champion head coach Craig Doty is in his second season as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Emporia State University, a historic program which was founded in 1901 and plays in one of the best facilities in all of NCAA Division II, White Auditorium.
Doty wasted no time making noise at the national level of NCAA scholarship basketball. In his first game as head coach, Doty’s Hornets defeated #20 NCAA Division II Southwest Minnesota State University, 83-74 on the road. This would foreshadow the season to come as Emporia State would double their MIAA win total from the previous season, have the most wins since the 2013-14 season, and win an MIAA tournament game in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Along the way two ESU student-athletes would sign overseas professional basketball contracts to add to the long list of pro players that Doty has produced in his coaching career.
In his first season Doty brought an exciting brand of basketball which saw the Hornets break the single-game scoring record by scoring 127 points in a game. Six different players scored 20 or more points in a game which hasn’t happened since the 1988-89 season. Three different players scored 30 or more points in a game.
Off the floor, Doty’s Hornets were just as impressive. From the spring semester to the fall semester the men’s basketball program improved their team GPA by an astounding half a grade point. Additionally, the ESU men’s basketball team had 100% participation in community service which included winning Emporia State team of the week during the spring semester for their work with the Emporia Express special needs basketball team.
On April 27, 2018, Doty was introduced as the new head men’s basketball coach at Emporia State University by athletic director Kent Weiser. In seven seasons as a head coach, Doty has won three national championships and has a 176-66 (.727) career head coaching record including a 79-42 (.653) mark in conference play. Doty’s teams are an unprecedented 29-5 (.853) in post-season play.
Prior to his arrival in Emporia, Doty led Graceland University to national prominence. In just two seasons at Graceland, Doty’s program had a 49-22 record and won the 2018 NAIA Division I National Championship in the school's first trip to the national tournament at Kansas City's historic Municipal Auditorium. Along the way Doty earned NAIA National Coach of the Year, HoopDirt.com NAIA National Coach of the Year, and the 2018 Don Meyer Award. Upon winning the 2018 national championship, Doty had led his teams to the National Championship game four out of the previous five seasons.
Prior to Graceland University, Doty spent four years as the head men's basketball coach at Rock Valley College where he built a national powerhouse. In 2012, when Doty took over the program, Rock Valley was ranked last in Region IV preseason poll. Over the next four years, Doty would put Rock Valley College on the national map leading the Golden Eagles to four consecutive national tournaments including three straight national title games. Rock Valley was crowed National Champions in 2014 and in 2016, the first and second national championships in the 50-year program history.
Doty compiled a 113-28 record (.801) at Rock Valley. Doty's program shattered the school record for wins in 2013-14 posting a 30-5 record while re-breaking that record the next two seasons going 31-4 and 33-3, respectively. Doty led the Golden Eagles to the #1 ranking in the country for the first time in program history on October 27th, 2014 and his program held on to the #1 ranking for the rest of Doty’s tenure at RVC which included 24 consecutive national polls over 729 consecutive days.
Prior to Rock Valley College, Doty served as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at University of Sioux Falls (NCAA Division II) in South Dakota. In 2011-12, Doty was an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Riverland Community College (NJCAA Division III) in Minnesota.
In the summer of 2010, Doty was hired as the full-time Assistant Men's Basketball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Central Wyoming College (NJCAA Division I). Following the season, Doty served as Interim Head Men's Basketball Coach for two months at CWC. Doty received nine commitments and recruited a roster that would go on to achieve a 20-11 record the following season.
A native of Alcester, South Dakota, Doty came to Central Wyoming after serving as a volunteer Assistant Coach at his Alma Mater Morningside College (NAIA Division II) in Sioux City, Iowa. During Doty's tenure with the program as a player and a coach, the Mustangs had a 56-37 record, made the Sweet Sixteen of the NAIA DII National Tournament, held a National Ranking of #10 in the country, and won a Great Plains Athletic Conference title.
Doty is a graduate of Alcester-Hudson High School. In his senior season, Doty set the school record for points per game in a season with an average of 25.5. His junior season, Doty led his squad to a 17-4 record and a number four ranking in the state of South Dakota.
Doty and his wife, Alexys, reside in Emporia with two children, 10-year old son Braylon and one-year old daughter Amery. Doty graduated from Morningside College with a Bachelor's Degree in English and a minor in Business Administration.
Selected to speak at the NABC convention at the 2019 NCAA Division I Final Four in Minneapolis, MN
3-time National Champion head coach (2014, 2016, 2018)
3-time National Coach of the Year (2014, 2016, 2018)
Don Meyer Award Winner (2018)
HoopDirt.com National Coach of the Year (2016, 2018)
Paul Maaske Memorial Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year (2018)
NJCAA DIII National Runner-up (2015)
NABC National Coach of the Year for all levels of junior college (2016)
2-time NJCAA Coaches Association National Coach of the Year (2014, 2016)
Selected to speak at the NABC convention at the 2017 NCAA Division I Final Four in Phoenix, AZ
Led Rock Valley to a #1 national ranking for 729 consecutive days
4x Don Klaas NJCAA Region IV Coach of the Year
4x Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year
4x NJCAA District 2 Coach of the Year
2x Gary S. Cole Coach of the NJCAA DIII National Tournament (2014)
2x NJCAA Allstar game coach in Las Vegas, NV (2014, 2016)
THE DOTY FILE
Head Coaching Career
At Emporia State Overall MIAA
2018-19 14-16 8-11
At Graceland Overall HAAC
2017-18 29-10 14-5
Heart of America Tournament Champion
NAIA D-I National Champion
2016-17 20-12 16-10
Heart of America Tournament Runner-up
Total at GU 49-22 30-15
At Rock Valley College Overall N4C
2015-16 33-3 11-3
NJCAA D-III National Champion
2014-15 31-4 13-1
NJCAA D-III National Runner-Up
2013-14 30-5 10-5
NJCAA D-III National Champion
2012-13 19-16 7-7
NJCAA D-III National Elite Eight
Total at RVCC 113-28 41-16
Overall 176-66 79-42
Assistant Coaching Career
University of Sioux Falls 2012
Riverland (MN) CC 2011-12
Central Wyoming College 2010-11
Morningside College 2009-10
Evan Lavey | Assistant Coach
Evan Lavery is in his first year as assistant coach at Emporia State, but he is no stranger to head coach Craig Doty. The pair helped build Rock Valley College into a national power in the NJCAA and have reunited after Lavery spent that last two seasons as the head coach of the Golden Eagles.
Lavery has helped build and maintain Rock Valley College in an NJCAA National Powerhouse. Since his arrival in 2013, the Golden Eagles have a 144-27 (.842) record, have made three trips to the NJCAA DIII National Tournament, and won two NJCAA National Championships. The 2017-18 team posted 27 wins - the 4th highest single-season total in the 53-year history of the program.
Last season marked the fifth consecutive year where Rock Valley College men's basketball finished the season with at least 23 wins. The Golden Eagles also spent all 12 national polls ranked in the NJCAA DIII Top 10, the fourth consecutive season the Golden Eagles spent the entire year nationally ranked from start to finish, climbing as high as #2 overall. RVC posted a 12-3 (.800) record against NJCAA D1 & D2 opponents, including an 87-75 win over #2 NJCAA DII Triton College. In the midst of their season-high 14-game winning streak, Lavery was named Hoopdirt Junior College National Coach of the Week. The Golden Eagles took down 3 NJCAA D1 opponents, all on the road.
In 2016-17, despite RVC losing seven players to graduation, including two All-Americans and four starters, Lavery signed eight recruits and developed players who were role players as freshman into feature players as sophomores. Lavery would lead the Golden Eagles to a 23-9 (.719) record in his first season as head coach which is the highest first year win total for any head coach in the 52 year history of Rock Valley men's basketball. Lavery led Rock Valley College to the Region IV Championship Game while playing one of the toughest schedules in the county which included playing 17 NJCAA D1 & D2 opponents and 15 NJCAA D3 programs. In the classroom, the Men's Basketball program was recognized by the NJCAA, earning "Team of The Year" honors for their 3.11 team GPA for the 2016-17 academic year. Over two semesters, 13 total members of the Golden Eagle roster made the Dean's List (3.25+ GPA). In addition, sophomores Dalton Menke and Alec Pena earned Academic All-American honors.
In Lavery's time on staff as an assistant, he played an integral role in all aspects of the Golden Eagles men's basketball program with a focus on recruiting, player development, defense, zone offense, out-of-bounds sets, strength and conditioning, and game preparation. Lavery was also instrumental in the development of All-Americans Jared Mayes (NJCAA National Player of The Year in 2014, 1st Team selection in 2015), LT Davis (NJCAA National Player of The Year 2016), and Elijah Williams (2nd Team selection in 2016). In five years, the Golden Eagles have produced 11 All-Region IV players, 11 All-Conference Players, 4 NJCAA All-Americans, and 2 NJCAA National Players of the Year.
In 2015-16, the Golden Eagles were ranked #1 in NJCAA Division III all year long for the second consecutive season. The Golden Eagles would avenge a three-point loss to Richland College (Dallas, TX) in the previous year's title game allowing RVC to win two National Championships in three seasons. En route to their National Title, RVC won their six post-season games by an average margin of victory of 21.3 points per game. For a third straight season, Rock Valley broke the single-season record for victories, posting a 33-3 record. The Golden Eagles started the season off 19-0 which is the best start in school-history. RVC knocked off two NJCAA D1 opponents who were nationally ranked, both of who made the NJCAA D1 tournament in Hutchinson this season. The Golden Eagles took down #6 Vincennes (IN) on the road to start the season off and the following weekend defeated #7 Indian Hills (IA) on the road.
In 2014-15 the Golden Eagles were ranked #1 in NJCAA Division III from the pre-season national poll until the final poll. Along the way, RVC broke the school record for wins going 31-4 on the season. Rock Valley played in the NJCAA Division III National Championship game in Loch Sheldrake, New York for the second year in a row. Additionally, the Golden Eagles won the N4C Conference and the Region IV/District 2 championship.
In his first season at RVC, Lavery assisted the Golden Eagles to the NJCAA DIII National Championship. In charge of team defense, opponent scouting, and and game preparation, RVC was ranked #13 in the country in defensive FG% (40.2) and 14th in the nation in defensive 3PT% (29.7%). In the national tournament semifinal game against defending national champion Brookdale CC, NJ (30-1), RVC held the Jersey Blues to a dismal 31.1%. In the National Championship game, Rock Valley College held Caldwell Tech, NC (29-6) to 22-65 from the field for a chilly 33.8%.
Lavery joined RVC following a one-year stint as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at NCAA Division III Rockford University (IL). While at RU, Lavery was in charge of monitoring academics, on-campus visits, and assisted in recruiting.
Lavery played two years at NJCAA Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois where he was a two-year starter and captain. In his sophomore season, he helped lead the Kougars to a 6th place finish at the 2010 NJCAA DII National Tournament. Lavery went on to finish his playing career at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. A native of Dyer, Indiana, Lavery graduated from Lake Central High School in 2007. In his prep career, he was named an all-area selection by both the Northwest Indiana Times and the Post-Tribune.
Lavery holds degrees from Kishwaukee College (AS), Central Methodist University (BS), and Fort Hays State University (MS).
Chase Dippel | Assistant Coach
Chase Dippel is in his first year as assistant men’s basketball coach at Emporia State.
Dippel has been coaching in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) for the past three seasons, in an assistant coaching capacity at both Ottawa University and the University of Saint Mary. During those three seasons Dippel accumulated an overall record of 51-39, including two top three finishes in the league, and a 22 win season in 2016-17.
Last Season, Dippel was on staff as an assistant coach under Aaron Siebenthall at Ottawa University. The Braves posted wins over two top 25 teams in York College and Oklahoma Wesleyan.
From 2015-2017 Dippel was an assistant coach at the University of Saint Mary where he helped the Spires to an overall record of 39-23 and a KCAC record of 25-17. Both years the Spires posted a third place finish in the league, making the KCAC tournament semifinal in 2015-16. During his two years at Saint Mary, Dippel coached the Kansas Collegiate all time leading scorer Grant Greenberg, who broke the previous record held by Danny Manning, by scoring 3,330 points in his four year career.
Dippel served in all facets of the programs while on staff at Ottawa and Saint Mary. His focuses were on recruiting, player development, strength and conditioning, scouting, and in game preparation.
Dippel played at Ottawa University for head coach Andy Carrier. He was a three time all KCAC performer, and is ranked in the top ten of career scorers for the Braves with 1,354 points. He also holds the Ottawa University record for most 3 point makes in a career with 254.
Dippel is a native of Lindsborg, KS and holds degrees from Ottawa University (BA) and University of Saint Mary (MA).
Justin Harley | Assistant Coach
Justin Harley is in his first season at Emporia State. He comes to ESU from Graceland University where he finished his senior season and earned his bachelor’s degree this past spring. Harley hit the game winning shot in overtime at Municipal Auditorium to win the 2018 NAIA National Championship under coach Doty. Prior to Graceland, Harley spent two seasons at Herkimer Community College (NY) where he led the Generals to the 2017 NJCAA National Tournament. Harley is a native of Long Island, New York.
Brandon Schwebke | Assistant Coach
Brandon Schwebke is in his first season at Emporia State after spending three years as an assistant at NAIA Dordt College in Iowa.
Last season, Schwebke helped the Defenders to a 19-13 overall record. As a player Schwebke played for Doty at Rock Valley College in 2012-13. Schwebke helped lead the program to just its second NJCAA National Tournament in 48 years. This helped pave the way for RVC to win two of the next three national championships. Along the way, Schwebke earned second team NJCAA All-American accolades. He finished his playing career at Elmhurst College (IL) where he helped lead the program to two NCAA Division III national tournaments, a #2 national ranking, and a 42-15 overall record in two seasons.
Justin Tucek | Student Assistant