Coaching Staff

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 Jimmy Rivera
Head Women's Basketball Coach

The 2013-14 season will be Rivera's fourth as head coach of the Lady Trojans. Rivera brings to the table more than 25 years of coaching experience including the three seasons as an assistant coach for the Triton men's basketball team from 2007-10.

The Chicago native is a familiar face to local basketball fans. He served under now retired Larry Schulte and Greg Lehmann as an assistant coach at Fenton High School in Bensenville. Rivera left Fenton for a post within the Leyden High School feeder program under current Lake Forest College Associate Head Coach Ken Davis. After Leyden, Rivera switched his focus to the AAU scene, where he teamed up with highly regarded, long-time IHSA floor boss, Dennis Kessell.

Rivera prepped at Wells High School in Chicago and was an All-Section player in the Red-West. He spent his collegiate years at Northern Illinois University and was a walk-on member of the 1975-1976 Men’s Basketball Team under Coach Emory Luck.

Rivera lives with his wife Eileen, of 37 years and his son Ethan in Schiller Park.

Away from basketball, Rivera enjoys listening to afro-Cuban music, a genre also known as salsa and a variety of other musical styles. He is also a self-taught conga hand drum player and a harmonica blues player.

 

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Patrick Clacks
Assistant Coach

Clacks, best known to the team as "Coach P" enters his second season as an assistant coach under Jimmy Rivera. Clacks is active in the community, as he has been coaching both football and basketball mainly within Proviso Township for more than 10 years.

Clacks was assistant girls sophomore coach at Proviso East High School in Maywood  from 2006-08. His emphasis on player development and knowledge of the game led to a promotion as head freshman girls coach at Proviso East. Clacks coached the freshman squad for two seasons, working under current Lady Pirate varsity head coach Erza PridGeon.

He has also coached at the AAU level locally, serving as one the coaches of the Lady Dribblers program.

Clacks primary responsibilities include recruiting, scouting opponents and working with the Lady Trojans on skill development and conditioning. 

 

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Tim McKinney
Special Assistant Coach 

McKinney has been a part of Triton College athletics for 18 years. His experience and knowledge of the Region IV has been a tremendous asset to the program as McKinney has worked with Jimmy Rivera throughout his tenure as head coach.

McKinney assists the women's basketball program behind the scenes in many capacities. He is the team statistician and responsible for providing the Region IV weekly reports. McKinney also works on scheduling games, scouting opponents and recruiting. In addition, he helps monitor the academic progress of the team.

A Triton graduate, McKinney worked for many years as Sports Director at WRRG 88.9FM, Triton College Radio, broadcasting a wide variety of Triton and local high school sporting events. Since 2008, McKinney has served as Triton's Sports Information Director along with working other events for the marketing department to positively promote the college.

From 2000-04, McKinney was an assistant coach for the Triton men's team under former head coach Curt Connor.

In 2011, McKinney earned the distinguished honor of being inducted into the Region IV Hall of Fame as a Contributor, Friend of Sport.

McKinney, resides in Bellwood and was a graduate of Proviso West High School in Hillside. After he earned his associates degree at Triton, earned his Bachelor's in Broadcast Journalism at Columbia College Chicago in 2001.

 

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Emily-Jo Lymon
Volunteer Assistant Coach

Coach Emily-Jo Lymon is entering her 3rd season under Coach Jimmy Rivera.  Over the last several years she has coached grade school and high school basketball and volleyball. She began her college coaching career under Coach Rivera as an assistant coach for the Triton women’s basketball  team beginning in the 2011-2012 season.

As a two time graduate, as well as volleyball and basketball Alumni of Triton herself, Coach Em’s main focus is to attract and recruit quality student athletes into Triton's women's programs.  Coach Em graduated from Concordia University-Chicago with a BS in Management.  She currently resides in Oak Park, IL and works as a Military Financial Aid Administrator for Career Education Corporation in Schaumburg, IL.

 

Judy Abraham
Volunteer Assistant Coach

Abraham is the newest addition to Jimmy Rivera's staff, joining the program this season as a volunteer assistant coach. For the past several years, Abraham has coached at various grade school, high school and college levels.

Most notably, Abraham has worked as strength and conditioning coach and assistant coach for the Montini High School boys basketball team and Morton College men's basketball team under former Panther head coach Frank Lollino Jr.

Currently, Abraham is on the coaching staff for the Illinois Lady Lightning Girls AAU team.

Abraham will assist at many games, but her primary focus will be to help recruit and attract quality players to help make the program stronger.

She played collegiately at George Williams College and earned her Bachelor's of Arts from Dominican University in River Forest.

Abraham resides in Broadview, where she serves as a Village Trustee.

 

 
Staff
Jimmy Rivera
  Head Coach, Women's Basketball
  Office:R-208G
  (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3781
  Email: jrivera3@triton.edu