Maryville College Head Women's Basketball coach Darrin Travillian begins his seventh season leading the Scots in 2016-17.
Travillian led his inaugural MC squad to a 21-5 overall record in his first season directing the program and took the Scots to their 18th NCAA National Tournament with a 21-7 mark in 2011-2012. His 2012-2013 squad, picked second in the new USA South Athletic Conference, earned a share of the regular season title while claiming the program’s 19th bid to the NCAA post season. His Scots advanced to the second round of the national tournament with a win over Otterbein in Greencastle, Indiana. Coach Travillian's fourth season (2013-14) saw his Scots post a 22-7 mark while earning the USA South Southern Division regular season title. He led MC to their 20th NCAA tournament while going 13-3 in USA South challenges. Travillian paced the 2014-15 Scots toward their 21st NCAA tournament appearance with a school record 26 wins, finishing 26-4.
Last season, Travillian led the Scots to a USA South Regular Season title again, before Maryville claimed its first USA South Tournament crown in school history. The Scots earned their 22nd trip to the National Tournament, as they were the hosts for the first two rounds. Travillian led MC to the Sweet 16, which was only the fourth time in school history the Scots had reached that point on the women's hardcourt. Maryville tied its school record for wins set in 2014-15 with a matching 26-4 mark last season.
This two-time Great South Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and two-time USA South Coach of the Year has developed 19 all-conference performers while directing numerous academic all-conference honorees on six squads that won the league regular season conference title on five occasions, claimed the 2011-2012 GSAC Conference tournament title, the 2015-16 USA South tournament title and has been ranked as high as third by the NCAA in the South Region and No. 11 nationally. He also developed the winningest women's basketball class in school history, as the Class of 2016 leaves with a 98-20 career mark.
Following the 2013 campaign, Travillian was named a 2014 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year finalist and regional coach of the year by the association. Travillian was once again honored in 2015 as a United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Coach of the Year finalist and regional coach of the year by the WBCA. Mackenzie Puckett became his first multi-time All-American, as she earned eight All-American awards from D3hoops.com, D-III Women's News and the WBCA. She also earned two additional Pre-season nods from D3hoops.com
Travillian became the first Maryville women's basketball coach to collect USA South Coach of the Year honors in 2015, before earning the award again in 2016. Travillian is now the winningest coach in Maryville College Women's Basketball History with 140 career wins, and he became the fastest coach in school history to 100 career victories in 2015.
Travillian also broke Wes Moore's record for most 20-win seasons by a head coach in MC women's basketball history, while tying the mark set for most consecutive 20-win campaigns in a row with MC's 26-4 record last year. In six seasons, Travillian’s .814 winning percentage ranks him first in MC women’s basketball 30 year history.His players laude their leader for his preparation in practice and game situations. They feel his scouting and motivational skills get them ready to put forth their best effort on a daily basis.
As a Scots assistant from 2008-2010 Coach Travillian worked primarily with the defense and post players, including the past two GSAC Players of the Year Natalie Munday and Alison Harmon. He also focused on scouting, film exchange, and game preparation, contributing to a pair of NCAA tournament teams.
Coach Travillian is a 1996 alumnus of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Secondary English Education. He also holds a master of arts in School Leadership and Administration from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. At UK he served as a student-assistant with the women's basketball team, where he helped with individual workouts, film breakdown, and practice and game preparation.
Travillian began his coaching career at the Sayre School, where he served as a varsity assistant for three seasons before becoming the girls' varsity head coach for two seasons. He helped lead the Spartans to the 42nd District title in 1997. Coach Travillian then served as an assistant for Kentucky High School Hall-of-Fame coach Kirk Chiles at Henry Clay High School.
Following a move "back home" to the Chicago land area, Travillian took the reins of the girls' varsity basketball program at Downers Grove North High School. In his first season, he lead the team to a fourteen-game turnaround and their first-ever appearance in both the Chicago Sun-Times and Daily Herald's Top 20 rankings. His Trojans were among the top defensive teams in the area, holding opponents to under 36 points per game while forcing close to 20 turnovers per game.
Coach Travillian, his wife, Katy, and son, Grant, reside in Maryville.
The Travillian File
2012-2013 24-5 (16-2 USA South)
2013-2014 22-7 (13-3 USA South)
2014-2015 26-4 (15-1 USA South)
2015-2016 26-4 (14-1 USA South)
Career (6) 140-32 (.814)