Men’s Basketball Coaches
Head Coach Jay Harrington
Jay Harrington has been head coach of the Blue Storm men’s basketball team since 1979. His SWIC record through the 2015-16 season is 764-439, and his overall coaching record is 841-481. He is currently #1 in wins in active coaches within the NJCAA.
In 2015-16, the Blue Storm were defeated in the championship game of the Region 24/District 16 tournament, compiling a record of 27-6. Coach Harrington has taken several teams to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I National Championship, including one team that placed fourth and one that placed sixth. Blue Storm squads are consistently ranked in national polls and perform well in the postseason. Coach Harrington served as the college’s athletic director 1980-2015. He was the chairman of the NJCAA Division I Basketball Committee for 12 years and was president of the NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association for eight years.
Honors and Accomplishments
- NJCAA Hall of Fame, 2002
- Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, 1999
- Coached three USA Basketball teams, earning two gold medals
- USA Basketball Collegiate Committee, 1992-2002
- Numerous Region 24 and GRAC Coach of the Year awards
- Numerous Region 24 and 4 championships and runners-up
- 13 All-Americans since 2000
- Five GRAC MVPs since 2003
- Coached six NJCAA all-star teams-three teams played internationally, in Argentina, Spain and Australia
- More than 80 players have transferred to Division I schools
- More than 100 players have transferred to Division II and NAIA schools
- Head coach at Wabash Valley College from 1976-79, compiling a record of 69-33
- Central Region Athletic Director of the Year, NADC, 2001
- SWIC Administrator of the Year, 2001
Coach Burkhart played at SWIC from 2014-2016 and was a contributing factor to the Blue Storm’s GRAC and Region 24 championships during that time. He then then transferred to Central Methodist University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Bo was a two-time Team Captain at CMU while helping lead the team to the National Tournament and a #7 overall ranking in the country. Following CMU, he spent two years at Xavier University as a Graduate Assistant while earning his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration.
Coach Lawrence graduated from Belleville East in 2012 and Lindenwood Belleville University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Sports Management. Marcus achieved certificates in Management and Computer Technology through 2017-2020 from SWIC
He joined the SWIC Men’s Basketball staff in 2017.
Contact the Basketball Office:
618-235-2700, ext. 5465