Athletic Director -Â Head Women's Basketball Coach
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Lavon Driskell returned to Blue Mountain College 2005 as the head women's basketball coach after a 17-year absence. He also serves as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.Â He was the Lady Topper coach from 1985-89 before becoming the head women's basketball coach at Mississippi University for Women. Â While at BMC, Coach Driskellâ€™s 1988-89 team finished the season ranked first nationally in team free throw percentage. He was selected to coach in the Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Star Game and he was named as Outstanding Faculty Member in 1987.
Coach Driskell has been in the coaching profession for 35 years and has served in various capacities as a principal, coach, athletic director, and teacher in schools across the state of Mississippi.Â He began his coaching career in 1973 at Adams County Christian School in Natchez, and also served as head coach, athletic director and principal at Wilkinson County Christian Academy in Woodville, Pillow Academy in Greenwood, and Madison-Ridgeland Academy in Madison. He is also a published author of a book, Developing the Pure Shooter, and has conducted shooting clinics across the state, including a presentation at the MPSA State Teachers Convention.
Coach Driskell began his teaching and coaching profession in 1973, and has been selected as an Outstanding Young Educator and Outstanding Young Man of America in 1977 and 1980, while at Adams Christian and Wilkinson Christian. He was also selected as Coach of the Year in 1977 where he led Adams Christian to a 22â€“12 season which was the first winning season in the history of the school. Driskell continued to coach at various schools where he reconstructed two other programs and turned them into winning teams.Â In 1991, after a stint as head coach at Blue Mountain College and Mississippi University for Women, Driskell returned to Pillow Academy where the basketball program was struggling and in his second year, was named Coach of the Year in 1992, led the team to a 19-14 season and a berth in the state tournament.Â
Â â€œCoaching is my calling, and it is the greatest work that anyone could be called to do,â€ Coach Driskell says.Â â€œThe privilege of working with so many outstanding people over the years and seeing how they improved as athletes and more importantly the people they became, gives me a satisfaction like no other.Â God has truly blessed me.Â Â We practice and play to honor and glorify Him through our actions and attitudes.â€Â
Coach Driskell earned his undergraduate and Master's Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.