Lefty Ervin

Lefty Ervin (born June 1945)

Teams coached: La Salle Explorers
La Salle record: 119-87 (.578)
Overall record: 119-87 (.578)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1979-1986 La Salle
1968-1977 La Salle (asst)

Lefty Ervin Facts

  • David A. Ervin
  • Born June 1945
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: La Salle College (BA, 1968)
  • Graduated from Abington HS in the Philly suburbs before going on to play at La Salle for head coaches Joe Heyer and Jim Harding
    • Ervin was the basketball team captain as a senior (and was also captain of the baseball team)
  • Spent nine seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, two under Tom Gola and seven under Paul Westhead
  • Left in 1977 to be the head coach at La Salle HS (PA), a position he held for two years
  • Returned to his alma mater in 1979 as head coach, leading the Explorers for the next seven seasons
    • Went 119-87 overall, highlighted by two 20+ win seasons and three postseason appearances
    • Won the East Coast title in 1983, the MAAC title in 1984 and two East Coast Tournaments to get NCAA bids in 1980 and 1983
    • Ervin resigned in March 1986 after finishing the previous season 14-14 (8-6 MAAC)
  • Later served as head coach at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, winning a league title in 1988

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