Don Rekoske is beginning his 11th year of coaching at Bryan College and has coached 19 seasons as a head college coach and will be entering his 28th year overall.
This past season he reached the 300 win plateau for collegiate wins, overall he has over 400 wins including 5 years at the high school level. His teams have finished in the top half of the conference in each of the past 6 years, which included a conference championship, a second and third place finish in those 6 seasons.
Prior to coming to Bryan College he spent eight years at Crown College in Minnesota. During his time there his teams amassed 140 wins and six national tournament appearances. At Crown he served as the athletic director and professor in the Sports Management Department. His teams produced 18 academic All-Americans. In all, he has 21 years of college coaching experience.
Before coaching at the college level he spent two years at Bethesda Christian in Brownsburg, Ind. His 1990-91 team finished 24-5 with a 17-game winning streak to finish the year. The team won the AACS State, Regional, and National tournaments. That team had the privilege of being recognized at the Indiana State House by Gov. Dick Thompson. Coach Rekoske also served as the athletic director at the high school.
Coach Rekoske got his start at Oak Forest Christian Academy, where his three teams went 16-11, 20-9, and 24-6 respectively. The teams started to develop a reputation for tough-minded defense. That reputation has followed him during his 27 years of coaching. He was a teacher and athletic director during his time there.
As a collegiate player at Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Coach Rekoske was a three-year letterman. After his senior year, he was named first team All-Conference in the DIII Lake Michigan Conference and First Team All-American NCCAA and NBCA. He completed his degree in secondary education and earned a graduate degree from the United States Sports Academy.
Coach Rekoske has worked basketball camps at the University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of Northern Iowa as well as several small college camps. He has run camps for high schools in five different states.
He has been married for 19 years to his wife, Beth. They have two children: Olivia, 15, and Carter, 12. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, fishing, and traveling.
Coach Bryon Lawhon is in his first season as a coach in the Bryan College men’s basketball program. He will be serving as the Head JV Coach as well as the Assistant Coach on Varsity. Coach Lawhon is the Director and Coach of the East Tennessee Rangers AAU program, where he has coached several current college players. He also coached a high school team to a 2013 Runner-Up finish in the USBA National Tournament; finishing with a 38-8 record. Last year, Lawhon coached at North Middle School in Lenoir City, Tenn. He helped lead the team to District Runner-Up, State Sectional berth, and a 19-4 record. Coach Lawhon has helped area high school coaches in player development and has worked several camps.
"I am honored for the opportunity to coach at Bryan College,” stated Lawhon. “I look forward to working with the young men here at Bryan and learning from one of the best in Coach Rekoske. Together I hope to help bring a championship brand to Bryan College men's basketball and forming relationships to last forever."
Coach Lawhon played collegiately at Hiwassee College and Atlanta Christian College, which is now Point University. He played high school basketball at Lenoir City High School in Lenoir City, Tenn., where he was Top 5 All-Time in rebounds and blocked shots in school history. He had several professional offers after finishing at ACC.
Lawhon and his wife, Holly, have four kids: Skylar (9), Zane (8), Chase (6), and Kali (3).