Oberlin assistant moves west

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Tim McCrory
Tim McCrory, left, played at Vermont and was an assistant at Oberlin for the past seven years.
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Tim McCrory has been selected as the next men's basketball coach for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers, athletic director Shana Levine announced on Wednesday.

McCrory brings a decade of coaching experience to the Pioneers, most recently as the associate head coach for Oberlin where he has spent the last seven years. There, the Yeomen saw a nine-win improvement in his last season. In two of the last three years, Oberlin finished with double-digit wins.

He replaces Dinari Foreman, who spent the previous seven seasons as the Pioneers' head coach, including the past three in which the program finished below .500.

"I would like to thank Shana Levine and the search committee for the opportunity to be the men's basketball coach for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers," said McCrory. "I am looking forward to building trust with our returning student-athletes, starting to build new relationships on the recruiting trail and engaging with our alumni. Lewis & Clark values excellence academically and athletically, and I am very grateful to be part of this community."

"I am thrilled to welcome Tim as our next men's basketball head coach," said Levine. "Throughout the process, Tim demonstrated a passion for the Lewis & Clark student-athlete experience where students can combine a high-quality liberal arts education with a competitive basketball experience. This is an exciting time in the life of the men's basketball program, and I am excited to see Tim build upon the program's past success and have a positive impact on the lives of our current student-athletes."

The goal of Lewis & Clark athletics is building champions in the classroom, competition, character and community, which prompted McCrory's initial intrigue into the opportunity.

"The reputation of Lewis & Clark as a premiere academic institution sparked my interest," said McCrory. "My aim is to continue working with students who are dedicated and committed to all aspects of the student-athlete experience."

"Coach McCrory has been a tremendous asset to our program for the past seven years, and while I'm sad he's leaving, I couldn't be happier for him getting this opportunity," Oberlin coach Isaiah Cavaco said. "He has positively influenced so many people in the Oberlin community and helped us get this program pointed in the right direction. He's been ready for this challenge for some time now and we wish him nothing but the best."

McCrory is a former men's basketball student-athlete at Vermont where he played over 100 games. After a couple of years as a graduate assistant at Missouri, McCrory joined the staff at Oberlin in 2011, where he has been since. He was promoted to associate head coach before the start of last season.

At Vermont, McCrory was selected to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll four times. He earned his master's degree in public administration from Missouri in May of 2010.