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RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's soccer. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won 13 national championships and we have had more than 140 All-Americans.
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features nearly 75,000 volumes and more than 650 periodicals, and access to the interlibrary loan system. It also features spaces for individual and group study, and if you get thirsty, there's a coffee shop in the lobby!
Misty Opat is now in her sixth season as the Golden Eagles' head women's basketball coach. Her team finished in second place at the NJCAA tournament in 2014 after winning the national championship in the previous two seasons (2012 & 2013).
In just five seasons, Opat has compiled an overall record of 124-40 and a stellar 55-8 mark in conference play with only one conference loss in the past four seasons. She was also officially named the college's Athletic Director in May 2011.
Prior to RVC, Opat accumulated eight years of Division I coaching experience. From 1999-2002 she served as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she also served as the Recruiting Coordinator. In 2000 her UIC recruiting class was ranked 19th in the country for NCAAA Division I. Opat also held assistant coaching positions at Fresno State University (1998-99) and the University of Kansas (1995-1998) where in both cases she was also heavily involved in recruiting and scouting.
Opat earned an Associate of Science degree from Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, where she was a two-year team captain in basketball and was named to the all-conference and all-region teams in both seasons. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, where she earned NAIA (Division II) All-American honors as a player. Opat then went on to obtain a Master of Science in Sports Administration from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.
Misty lives in Gilberts, IL with her three nieces, Makenzie, April and Theresa and her father Vincent.
Assistant Coach: Darryl Watkins
Darryl is now in his third season as Assistant Coach for the Golden Eagles. He is a Rock Valley College graduate and played for the men's basketball team in the 2008-2009 season. Darryl graduated from Rockford University and is pursuing his Master's degree. He is currently playing for the Rockford Riverdawgs of the IBA (Independent Basketball Association). Before attending RVC, Darryl graduated from Auburn High School in Rockford.
Assistant Coach: Holli Kearns
Holli is in her seventh season with the RVC's women's basketball program and her fourth as Assistant Coach. She is a 2011 graduate of Rock Valley College and was awarded a scholarship for academics after receiving her diploma from Silverado High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holli was an avid basketball player until an injury permanently sidelined her in high school. While a student at Rock Valley College, Holli discovered she could combine her love of basketball and helping others by getting involved in RVC athletics. She also served as a Student Assistant for the Lady Golden Eagles for over three years.
Holli is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in Leadership and Management at Judson University.
Assistant Coach: Cierra Morris
Cierra has one season under her belt as an Assistant Coach for RVC after starring for the Golden Eagles on the floor for two seasons (2009-2010, 2010-2011). After her sophomore season in 2010-2011, she became only the third RVC women's basketball player at the time to earn All-American honors from the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). That season she was also named Player of the Year for both the conference (N4C) and the region (Region IV- Division III).
Cierra's career highlights from her two seasons at RVC include: all-conference and all-region selection as a freshman in 2009-2010; Region IV Tournament all-tournament team selection in 2010-2011; Player of the Year for the N4C in 2010-2011; Player of the Year for NJCAA Region IV- Division III in 2010-2011; NJCAA All-American selection in 2010-2011; over 1,000 career points scored.
After her two seasons at RVC, Cierra accepted an athletic scholarship to continue her college career at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, an NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I university from the Southland Conference. Her career highlights for Southeastern Louisiana include a single game best 12 point performance and all-defensive team honors. Cierra graduated with a bachelor's degree in General Studies with a Coaching minor. She also graduated on the Dean's List.
Cierra played at John Marshall High School in Chicago before coming to RVC in 2009.
Student Assistant Coach: Ashley Dorsey
Student Assistant Coach: Erica Matthews
Student Assistant Coach: Brittney Porter
Manager: Jon Akins