GODFREY — Kavon Lacey has come home to the Riverbend. And Lewis and Clark Community College basketball coach Doug Stotler couldn’t be happier about it.
Lacey, Alton High’s all-time career scoring leader and a former assistant coach at the University of Evansville, has been hired as an assistant men’s basketball coach at L&C.
Lacey earned All-State recognition at Alton before moving on to Evansville, where he played for former SIUE head coach Marty Simmons. Lacey then moved on to become an assistant coach with the Purple Aces.
Lacey was promoted to assistant coach last year at Evansville. Previously, he had served as the Director of Basketball Operations for five years at the school. He was a graduate assistant in the 2016-2017 season.
But when Simmons was fired last spring after 11 seasons at Evansville, it left Lacey without a job. L&C stepped in and hired the former AHS standout.
Lacey was Simmons’ first recruit to sign and started in 76 of 117 games played from 2007-11. A 6-foot guard, Lacey averaged 4.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game during his collegiate career.
A 2007 graduation of Alton High. Lacey scored 1,499 career points. He was inducted into the AHS Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. Last spring, was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
In his three varsity seasons at AHS, the Redbirds were 81-17 and won two regional championships and one sectional title.
Lacey will also serve as a community outreach facilitator in the Adult Education division at L&C.
L&C’s Trailblazers have started preseason practice and will open their season Nov. 14 at Shawnee College in Ullin, IL. L&C’s home opener is set for Nov. 19 at River Bend Arena against Wabash Valley.
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