Head Coach- 20th Season
Overall record: 321-298 (through 2011-12)
Gavin, a basketball and golf standout during his collegiate career at Mount Mercy, has more victories than any other men's basketball coach in school history and was the first to reach the 300-win mark during the 2010-11 season. His 2003 squad advanced to the championship game of the Midwest Classic Conference tournament, while his 2004-05 team reached the MCC Final Four.
Gavin also led the Mustangs to an MCC championship and their first-ever appearance at the NAIA Division II national tournament in 1996, where they made it to the second round. He has guided nine NAIA all-Americans and is a four-time MCC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year (1994, 1996, 1997, 2010). Gavin was also the MCC Men's Golf Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2002 when he led the Mustangs to conference championships.
Gavin, who graduated from Mount Mercy in 1988 and earned a Master's degree from Columbia Southern in 2006, resides in Marion with his wife, Traci. They have two children, Trenton and Kailee.
Assistant Coach- 1st Season
Strength & Conditioning Coach- 2nd Season
Nelson, a former high school athlete and U.S. Marine, has been coaching basketball, from youth to high school, for the past 15 years. He has worked with both boys and girls at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Since moving his family to Cedar Rapids from Atlanta, Ga., in 2001, Nelson has coached basketball at several high schools in the Metro and surroundings areas, including Cedar Rapids Washington, (2001-02), Cedar Rapids Prairie (2002-04), and Anamosa (2004-06). Each of those teams has qualified for state playoff berths. He has also coached two track & field all-Americans, one at the college level and one at the high school level. Nelson also has ties to the AAU grassroots basketball community since 2001.
A 2009 Coe College graduate, Nelson and his wife, Christa, have three sons, Deon, CJ, and Cameron.
Student Assistant- 1st Season