University of St. Thomas head coach John Tauer has announced that Jay Pivec, who has accumulated 605 head coaching victories, will be joining his basketball staff for the 2013-14 season.
Pivec, whose overall head collegiate coaching record is 605-258, received NJCAA National Coach of the Year honors in 2009. He was inducted into the NJCAA men’s basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Pivec’s college coaching career spans five decades with stops as an assistant at Minnesota State University Mankato, Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. Coach Pivec also served as head coach at Jamestown College, Montana State-Northern and Minneapolis Community and Technical College. At MCTC, Pivec took over a program that was winless in the previous season and took it to consistent excellence on the national level.
Pivec comes to the Tommies after his most recent stint as the inaugural head coach of the Dakota County Technical College Blue Knights in Rosemount, an NJCAA member institution. Pivec's team went 42-18 in DCTC’s first two years of competition.
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing John Tauer for more than 20 years," Pivec said. "I watched him play at Cretin-Derham Hall and then at UST. I’ve admired him as a player, a coach and most importantly a person. I am honored join his outstanding staff and look forward to contributing to the Tommie family and its future successes.
"Having followed the success of UST basketball over the years I can't wait to get started. The University of St. Thomas is a special place that recognizes the balance of academics, athletics, career preparation, social development, and spiritual growth. For any student athlete it's a can't-miss proposition.”
Coach Tauer added, “We are thrilled to have Coach Pivec join our staff at UST. Jay is one of the most well-respected coaches in the state and has been recognized nationally for his work in the coaching profession. One of an elite group of coaches with more than 600 victories, Jay’s accomplishments in developing and mentoring student-athletes is equally impressive. It is rare to get the opportunity to hire such a prolific coach.
"Jay’s experience, recruiting connections, and expertise in all areas of basketball will be a tremendous plus for our program and our student-athletes. Jay has been a good friend for many years and we are excited that he will join the UST Basketball program and help us in our pursuit of excellence on and off the court.”
Tauer has guided the Tommies to a 52-9 mark in his first two seasons, including a 30-2 record and third-place national finish last winter.