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
Rivera lives with his wife Eileen, of 37 years and his son Ethan in Schiller
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Abraham resides in Broadview,
where she serves as a Village Trustee.
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