Steve Lavin

Steve Lavin (born September 4, 1964)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: San Diego Toreros
Current conference: West Coast Conference (WCC)
UCLA record: 145-78 (.650)
St. John’s record: 92-72 (.561)
San Diego record: 29-35 (.453)
Overall record: 266-184 (.593)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2022-present San Diego
2010-2015 St. John’s
1996-2003 UCLA
1991-1996 UCLA (asst)
1988-1991 Purdue (asst)

Steve Lavin Facts

  • Stephen Michael Lavin
  • Born September 4, 1964
  • Hometown: San Francisco, California
  • Alma Mater: Chapman University (BA, 1988)
  • Grew up in Marin County, California and won a state championship in 1982 at Sir Francis Drake High School (San Anselmo, CA)
  • Started his college career at D-II San Francisco State, playing for head coaches Morris Hodges and Kevin Wilson
    • Transferred to D-II Chapman (CA) after two years and again played for Kevin Wilson; graduated in 1988
  • First coaching job was an assistant to Hall of Famer Gene Keady at Purdue, a position he held for three years
  • Spent five seasons as an assistant to UCLA head coach Jim Harrick; was part of the Bruins’ 1995 National Championship team
  • Took over as UCLA head coach in 1996, going 145-78 in seven seasons at the helm
    • Went to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first six seasons, but after finishing 10-19 in year seven he was removed from the position
  • After UCLA, Lavin started his broadcasting career; he called college basketball games for seven years on ESPN and ABC, in addition to appearing on ESPN College GameNight
  • Got back into coaching in 2010 by accepting the position of head coach at St. John’s
    • His St. John’s career was interrupted in 2011 as he underwent cancer treatment
    • While at SJU, he hired his former mentor Gene Keady to be a special assistant coach
    • Parted ways with SJU in 2015 after going 81-53 in 4+ years and leading the Red Storm to two NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Resumed his broadcasting career, working college basketball games for Fox Sports and the Pac-12 Network for the next seven years (2015-22)
  • Made his return to coaching in April 2022 when he was hired to be the new head coach at San Diego

Steve Lavin Coaching Tree

  • Cameron Dollar (Seattle)
  • Mike Dunlap (Loyola Marymount)
  • Michael Holton (Portland)
  • Jim Saia (CSU-Los Angeles, CSU-San Marcos, Fresno Pacific, USC)
  • Earl Watson (Phoenix Suns)
  • Jim Whitesell (Buffalo)