Men’s Basketball Coach Greg Walcavich Announces His Retirement03/08/2013
After 24 years as the Edinboro men’s basketball coach and 31 years overall as a head coach, Greg Walcavich today announced his retirement. The Fighting Scots concluded the 2012-13 season on Tuesday with an 89-87 overtime loss at 13th-ranked Indiana (Pa.).
The defeat in the PSAC quarterfinals left Edinboro with a final record of 18-10, marking the 20th season in Walcavich’s long tenure that the Fighting Scots had a non-losing season. It also was his 15th campaign with 18 or more wins. That includes ten seasons with 20 or more wins.
“Greg Walcavich has left an indelible mark on the Edinboro men’s basketball program,” Director of Athletics Bruce Baumgartner said. “Greg has always been a survivor and a fighter, and his teams have reflected that nature. For years he has managed to keep our men’s basketball team highly competitive as the landscape of the PSAC continues to change. We wish him nothing but the very best and thank him for the countless hours he has devoted to this University as a coach and educator.”
Walcavich was hired as Edinboro’s head coach in 1989 after a highly successful two-year stint at West Virginia Wesleyan. His tenure at Edinboro has been marked by winning basketball teams. He surpassed Jim McDonald for the school record for career wins during the 1998-99 season, and has since placed his name among the elite coaches in the PSAC and NCAA Division II.
Walcavich departs Edinboro with a record of 430-251. Including seven seasons as a head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan and Birmingham Southern, owns a career mark of 584-314. He opened the 2012-13 campaign leading all active PSAC coaches in career victories and ranked sixth among all active Division II coaches. Only Clarion’s Ron Righter outranked him in terms of longevity in the conference. Walcavich’s 430 wins ranks second all-time in the PSAC to Bloomsburg’s Charles Chronister (559 wins).
Edinboro won three PSAC championships and qualified for the PSAC Tournament 17 times in his 24 seasons. Under Walcavich, Edinboro was selected to compete in the NCAA Division II playoffs six times. His 1997-98 squad ended the year with a 26-8 record, winning the PSAC Championship for the first time in 30 years and advancing to the East Regional semifinals. The 26 wins is a school record.
In April 2010 Walcavich was recognized for his outstanding career at Edinboro as he was inducted into the Edinboro Hall of Fame.
Regarding Walcavich’s replacement, Baumgartner noted that the University is analyzing all options and will announce a plan of action in the near future.