Head Coach: Matthew Vavro
Matt Vavro took over the Lady Lynx basketball program in June of 2016. Heading into his first season, the team will feature eight new faces along with seven returners. The Lady Lynx compete in the ultra-competitive Midwestern Athletic Conference (MWAC). “We have a very challenging schedule this year,” Coach Vavro said. “I am confident that our team will be ready for the challenge. I am extremely excited to lead these young women into the next phase of their athletic and academic careers.”
Prior to Lincoln College, Coach Vavro comes to Lincoln after spending the last two seasons as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Danville Area Community College, who also play in the MWAC. During his first season there, he led the team to a 24-8 record, breaking the school’s single season wins record while also reaching a national ranking of 13th, the highest in the history of the program. He followed that up with another 20+ win season during his second year finishing the year 22-8 while losing three of his five starters for the 2nd half of conference season including the playoffs due to injuries. His Lady Jaguars reached the top 25 national poll 16 times during his two year tenure as Head Coach. He led his team to back-to-back runner up finishes in the MWAC by going 15-5 in conference play. His team had a remarkable 20-2 record at home including the school’s first ever undefeated season at home during the 2015-16 season. Coach Vavro’s teams finished top 25 nationally in several categories including field goal percentage, points per game, assists and 3-point field goals made per game. He coached six players that made either 1st or 2nd team All-Conference or honorable mention, three players that made the All-Region team and a Freshman of the Year/National Player of the Week. While at Danville, Vavro coached six players that received scholarships to continue their basketball careers. Along with his responsibilities of coaching, Vavro served as the Athletic Information and Student Success Advocate for all student-athletes at DACC in addition to teaching Introduction to Sports Management.
Prior to DACC, Coach Vavro spent the previous season as the top Assistant Coach on the Men’s side for Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, MI. While at Glen Oaks during the 2013-14 campaign, for the first time in the programs history, he helped lead the team to back to back conference championships, finished the year 22-7 and were ranked as high as 13th nationally. During this time, he coached five players that made All-Conference selections and/or All-Defensive team in addition to coaching the Player of the Year and 2nd team All-American. Coach Vavro was also a part time Physical Education teacher at Glen Oaks and ran the entire student athlete study table system dramatically increasing the eligibility rate.
Coach Vavro has previously coached for the Twinsburg Tigers (OH) girls high school program, who rank as one of the top girls programs in the state of Ohio. Vavro has also coached for three elite AAU programs, SMAC Sports (Cleveland, OH), Ohio Xtreme (Akron, OH) and the Basketball Stars of America (Pittsburgh, PA). He has experience in personal and group training of all players and positions. He has worked The Ohio State University Boys Basketball Camp the past three years. In addition to coaching, Vavro has also worked in the Public Relations department for both the Chicago Sky of the WNBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers where he was in charge of pre- and post–game interviews for LeBron James and all members of the coaching staff.
“Coach Vavro will bring high energy and enthusiasm to our program and his past experience and success at DACC will no doubt help him lead the women’s program to new heights,” Athletic Director Dave Klemm said.
Along with his coaching duties at Lincoln College, Vavro works as an Admissions Specialist. Vavro is originally from Garfield Heights, Ohio. He participated in varsity basketball and tennis for four years in addition to playing a season of collegiate basketball at Division II Tiffin University. He is the son of Jerry and Veronica Vavro who reside in Cleveland, Ohio. Coach Vavro holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management from Cleveland State University and a Master of Science Degree in Sports Science/Coaching from The University of Akron.
Assistant Coach: Vernell Robinson
Coach Vernell Robinson is entering his first season as Women’s assistant coach and his 10th year of coaching basketball overall on various levels. Robinson is also the Asst Coach for the Men’s Basketball team.
As a youngster, Robinson participated in basketball and football and began to develop a love for athletics. This love turned into a passion and landed him as a 4-year varsity letterman at Manley High School located on Chicago’s west side. Through hard work and determination, Coach Robinson was awarded a football scholarship to the prestigious Alabama State University located in Montgomery, Alabama. Family obligations relocated Robinson to Lincoln College where he was a successful student and a member of several organizations on campus. Robinson graduated from Lincoln College in 2009 with his Associates of Arts in General Education.
Coach Robinson’s hunger for coaching was first realized at the age of 17 during a mission trip to Ghana, West Africa. It was this experience that compelled him to further develop his talent for coaching at Stephen Decatur Middle School during the 2009 season. After substantial success during his tenure, Robinson’s coaching experiences afforded him opportunities at Decatur MacArthur High School and AAU teams Illinois Wolfpack and Illinois Warriors Elite 17U.
Robinson’s coaching accomplishments include two Regional Championships, AAU Championships, four Decatur Holiday Tournament titles, three IHSA Regional Finals appearances including two IHSA Regional championships. To his credit, Coach Robinson has mentored several players to academic and athletic success, culminating in collegiate participation.