Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Craig Doty

Men's Basketball Head Coach

Craig Doty

The Craig Doty era started at Rock Valley College on October 1, 2012, when he inherited a roster of nine student-athletes and a program that was ranked last in Region IV in the preseason.  Over the next 17 months Doty put Rock Valley College on the map leading the Golden Eagles to two national tournaments and the first national championship in the 48 year history of the program.  In the process, his 2013-14 team broke the program record for wins (30) and national ranking (#2 in the country) while being voted in the top 10 national poll for 11 consecutive weeks.

Doty has been recognized as Region IV Coach of the Year, District 2 Coach of the Year,  and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year two years in a row. In 2014 he was also named the Gary S. Cole Coach of the National Tournament and the Spalding NJCAA Division III Coach of the Year. Doty was selected to coach the NJCAA All-Star game in Las Vegas, NV, in 2014.

In 2013-14, Doty's second season at RVC, he led the Golden Eagles to a 30-5 record and a national championship.  Rock Valley secured their bid in the national tournament by defeating Joliet Junior College, 72-70, in the Region IV Championship game.  After earning the #1 seed in the region tournament and a first round bye, the Golden Eagles beat the host team College of DuPage, 71-64, in the semi-final.

At the national tournament in Loch Sheldrake, New York, Rock Valley College drew Nassau C.C., NY (27-5) and earned a 83-72 victory to advance to the second round.  Number one nationally ranked and defending national champion Brookdale C.C., NJ (30-1) awaited the Golden Eagles in the semi-final.  Rock Valley College not only showed they would compete for a championship but did so in convincing fashion with a 80-59 rout over the Jersey Blues.  In the NJCAA DIII National Championship game the Golden Eagles defeated the Cobras of Caldwell C.C., NC (29-7), 79-69, to secure the title.

In his first season on the sidelines at RVC, Doty wasted little time establishing the program on a national level.  Doty led the Golden Eagles to only their second NJCAA national tournament appearance since the program started in 1965. RVC finished seventh at the NJCAA DIII national tournament, which included a tournament win over the #2 ranked team in the country, Rochester Community & Technical College (27-6).

Picked to finish last in Region IV in the pre-season poll, the Golden Eagles consistently improved throughout the season and stormed to a Region IV championship by beating Joliet Junior College, 64-63, in the championship game. Despite playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, which consisted of 15 NJCAA DI and DII schools, RVC finished with a 19-16 record and ended the season receiving votes in the national polls.

Prior to his arrival at Rock Valley College, Doty served as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at NCAA D2 University of Sioux Falls (SD).  In 2011-12, Doty was an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Riverland Community College. Doty helped lead the Blue Devils to a 7-2 start, the best start in over a decade at the school.

Doty served as Interim Head Men's Basketball Coach at NJCAA Division I Central Wyoming College in 2011. With only one returner, Doty received nine commitments and recruited a roster that would go on to achieve a 20-11 record, the most wins in over 20 years at the school.

During his tenure at CWC, Doty coached four players who signed NCAA Division I scholarships including Armani Flannigan (University of North Texas), Bojan Mihajlovic (University of Texas-Arlington), Jonathan Mesghna (University of Maine) and James Johnson (California State-Fullerton).

A native of Alcester, South Dakota, Doty came to CWC after serving as an Assistant Coach at his Alma Mater Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. During Doty's tenure as a player and a coach at Morningside College, the Mustangs had a 56-37 record, made the Sweet Sixteen of the NAIA DII National Tournament, held a National Ranking of #10 in the country, and won a Great Plains Athletic Conference title.

After finishing his playing career, Doty spent one season as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Akron-Westfield High School in Akron, Iowa. At A-W.

Doty is a graduate of Alcester-Hudson High School. In his senior season, Doty set the school record for points per game in a season with an average of 25.5. His junior season, Doty led his squad to a 17-4 record and a number four ranking in the state of South Dakota.

Doty graduated from Morningside College with a Bachelor's Degree in English and a minor in Business Administration.  Doty resides in Loves Park, IL with his 5 year old son, Braylon.

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