HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (7/1/14) — A Madisonville native continues to flourish in the men's college basketball coaching ranks.
Madisonville native Chad Tapp took over the Lyon College men's basketball program on May 1, 2013 and led the Scots to a third-place finish in the NAIA's American Midwest Conference in his first season (2013-14).
The highly-competitive American Midwest Conference also features Benedictine University at Springfield, Columbia College, Freed-Hardeman University, Hannibal-LaGrange University, Harris-Stowe State University, Missouri Baptist University, Park University, Stephens College, William Woods University and Williams Baptist College.
Under Tapp's tutelage, Lyon finished the 2013-14 season with a 16-15 season record, after beginning the year 2-9.
Tapp's debut season at the helm of the Lyon men's basketball team included a 55-54 win over NCAA Division I Grambling State University on the road. The Scots also won more conference games (15) than any team in the program's history, finishing 15-5, while advancing to the conference postseason tournament.
Tapp is a 2005 graduate of Taylor University in Upland, Ind., where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He obtained his Masters degree in Sports Management at California University at Pennsylvania in 2008.
An experienced bench boss, Tapp is a nine-year veteran of collegiate coaching, spending the last three years leading the Indiana University South Bend men’s basketball program to new heights as its head coach.
He took over the Titans’ program that had posted an 8-23 record in 2009-10. Tapp guided the squad to a record of 11-20 his first season, before improving that mark to 16-15 in 2011-12. IUSB recorded the school’s first back-to-back winning seasons in the school’s history and first 20-win season this year when it finished 20-12.
A standout player prior to getting into the coaching profession, Tapp left his mark in college basketball.
Tapp played three years of collegiate basketball, starting as a freshman at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tenn., before moving on and playing for one year at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill. While there, Tapp was nominated to All-Region 24 and was chosen to play in the North-South All-Star game.
He finished his collegiate playing career at Taylor, helping the team to a 26-8 record and the Mid-Central Collegiate Conference Tournament championship and a spot in the NAIA Division I National Tournament.
Tapp started his coaching career at Taylor University in 2003, working under the direction of NAIA Hall of Fame coach Paul Patterson, who has won over 700 collegiate games. The talented Tapp cut his coaching teeth at Taylor and has moved up the coaching ladder ever since.
A seven-year assistant coach for the Trojans, Tapp recruited six Top 40 athletes from the state of Indiana, 15 all-state selections from five different states and successfully brought in three NAIA All-Americans.
During tenure, Tapp helped Taylor to three conference championships, three trips to the NAIA Division I National Tournament, including the 2006 team that advanced to the Sweet 16 round.
Tapp’s 47-47 record at Indiana University South Bend included a 25-20 record in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Titans won the most CCAC games as a member of the CCAC this past season (17). The 2012-13 season was also the highest finish by IUSB in the conference, as they placed third in the 13-team race. The Titans finished behind eventual National Champion Cardinal Stritch and Sweet 16 qualifier Saint Xavier.
Tapp's squad also showed a vast amount of improvement in the classroom. He inherited a program with a 1.95 GPA and improved that to an overall 2.95 GPA this past fall. Entering this season his teams have had a 100 percent graduation rate.
Prior to college, Tapp starred at Hopkins County Central High School where he was a member of the school's first and only Sweet Sixteen Tournament team and helped lead HCCHS to the most wins in school history. He still anks as one of the top student-athletes in Hopkins County Central High School history.
Tapp and his wife, Lindsey, have a daughter, Harper.The Lyon College Sports Information Department contributed to this article.
Information provided by Steve LeMaster
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