The search for a Stephens College basketball coach is over.
Athletic Director Deb Duren confirmed that Dane Pavlovich has been named basketball coach. He will also serve as an assistant coach to Duren, who is the volleyball coach.
Duren said Pavlovich demonstrated that he could deal with the kind of situation he would be in at Stephens.
“We’re more of a developmental program,” Duren said.
She said Pavlovich came highly recommended and beat out about 40 applicants.
“He is calm and mild mannered, and he received rave reviews from all his references,” Duren said.
Pavlovich, 27, of Onaga, Kan., accepted the job July 14.
He will replace Kevin Giese, who left the Stars in May to become an assistant coach at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
While working a basketball camp in Nebraska for Hastings College, Pavlovich said he was hoping to get a phone call about the job. Pavlovich received that call from his wife, Amy.
He said he was eager to reply.
“My wife called on Friday, and I accepted on Monday,” he said.
The Stars had their best season last year, going 9-11. Pavlovich said he wants to build on that.
“Hopefully, I can continue the success here,” he said.
Pavlovich attended Kansas Wesleyan University, where he played basketball for two years and coached in his third.
He transferred to Kansas State. He didn’t play basketball there, but coached a junior high team.
After graduating, Pavlovich got a coaching job at Linn High School in Linn, Mo. He spent four years as a basketball coach, three as the head coach and was athletic director in his final two years. His record was 47-32. He taught language arts all four years.