Men's Basketball Head Coach
Rusty Loyd enters his first season as head men's basketball coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in his 16th year of college coaching.
Loyd served as men’s basketball assistant coach at Rose-Hulman for the last five years, helping the program compile an overall record of 89-47. The Fightin’ Engineers made three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, won three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championships, and captured two regular-season league titles during Loyd’s five seasons as lead assistant on the coaching staff.
Loyd takes over following the 20-year tenure of Jim Shaw, who ranks second in school history with 303 career wins and a .578 winning percentage.
“I am honored to be the 14th head coach in storied history of Rose-Hulman basketball. This place offers an opportunity unlike any other. It is a tremendous privilege to work with the greatest students, faculty, staff, and administration at the finest math, science, and engineering school in the country every day. With these facilities, academic opportunities, and most importantly, the type of student we have - the sky is the limit both on the court and in the classroom,” said Loyd.
Loyd brings men’s basketball head coaching experience to his new position. He spent three seasons as head coach at Illinois Institute of Technology prior to coming to Rose-Hulman for the 2009-10 campaign. His efforts at Illinois Tech included recruiting seven freshman players for the 2008-09 campaign, highlighted by the conference’s only first-team all-league newcomer.
Prior to his stint at Illinois Tech, Loyd spent four seasons as assistant coach at the University of Chicago with recruiting classes that featured one All-American, one conference Player of the Year, and 11 all-conference selections. The Maroons compiled a 69-58 overall record and a 43-27 league mark with two University Athletic Association championships during his four years as assistant.
Loyd also spent two seasons as assistant coach at Lewis University. He helped assemble and coach a team that finished 25-7, won a Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament title, and advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. His first college coaching experience came as an assistant for two seasons at Earlham College, under Rose-Hulman alumnus Jeff Justus. The Quakers had the program’s first winning season in conference play in 25 years under the efforts of Justus and Loyd.
“If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it. It may be terrible English, but it’s true! Coming off three very successful 20-win seasons, I’m not going to come in and change the entire system we have built. I do think any new head coach has to put his stamp on the program and be true to his own coaching philosophies, however, and mine tend to be very closely aligned with what we have done in the past. My vision includes hard work, tough defense, and a grind it out mentality to do anything necessary to win. I know we have the talent in our program to continue the success that we have enjoyed over the last five years, and I can’t wait until October 15th to get started,” said Loyd.
In addition, Loyd served as head men’s golf coach at Rose-Hulman for the last five years. His program included improved team scoring averages for three consecutive years. Sanders Park won the individual medalist title at the 2014 HCAC championships, and John Rigitano earned two Capital One Academic All-District honors. Park was also a 2014 all-region honoree from the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Loyd graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Chicago in 1998 and added a master's degree in sports administration from the United States Sports Academy in 2008. During his final two seasons at Chicago, Loyd played on men’s basketball teams that combined for a 48-8 record and made two trips to the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen. He was inducted into Chicago’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 after completing his career as the school's all-time leader in assists and steals.
Loyd and his wife Kristen, who works in the Rose-Hulman student life office, reside in Terre Haute. They have two children, Mia (8) and Mason (5), and are expecting their third child in October.
Men's Basketball Assistant Coach
TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Jon Lester has been named head men's golf coach and assistant men's basketball coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, effective immediately.
Lester joins the Rose-Hulman athletic staff to fill an opening caused by the recent promotion of Rusty Loyd to head men's basketball coach.
Lester has spent the last three seasons as assistant men's basketball coach at NCAA Division III Millikin University in Illinois. His efforts included recruiting, coordination of practice and travel schedules, fundraising, budget management, film exchange, and monitoring academic progress. Lester also served as assistant coordinator for the Big Blue Golf Outing which featured 120 players annually.
On the golf side, he has served as assistant instructor at Decatur Golf Academy in Illinois. His efforts have included skill development, fundamentals, life skills and nutrition for youth players.
Prior to his time in Illinois, Lester served as assistant basketball coach for one year at NCAA Division III Eastern University in Pennsylvania. The squad opened the season with its best start in school history (9-1).
Lester has also volunteered to work several summer basketball camps at NCAA Division I programs, including Duke, Villanova, Clemson and George Mason.
Other stops in Lester's career included serving as in multiple roles at Delaware County Christian School in Pennsylvania. His two years featured roles as assistant basketball coach, athletic assistant, physical education teacher and guidance teacher.
Lester earned a bachelor's degree in history and secondary education at Grove City College in 2009 and is scheduled to complete a master's degree from the US Sports Academy in sports management this upcoming fall.