Consistency has been a trademark of Central Lakes College Raiders men's basketball coach Jim Russell. In 16 seasons at CLC, Russell has compiled a 71 percent winning percent (314-129) and has never had a losing season. Coach Russell is the Raiders' all-time winningest basketball coach. CLC posted a 19-7 record during the 2012-13 season, with a 12-2 conference mark.
Russell has guided the Raiders to eight conference titles, advanced to the state tournament 15 times and reached the region tournament on five occasions. CLC won Region 13 titles in 2008 and 2012 to earn a trip to the NJCAA tournament. In 2008 the Raiders placed 8th at the national tournament and earned a 4th place finish in 2012. His peers have taken notice. Four times Russell has been named MCAC Coach of the Year and in 2008 and 2012 he was named the Region 13 Coach of the Year.
In 2013 Russell was featured on WCCO-TV's Rosen's Sports Sunday. Russell, who was born in Vietnam during the war, is believed to be the only men's college basketball coach in the nation who is of Vietnamese decent.
The trademarks of Russell's success are defense, teamwork and sharing the ball. Numerous Raiders have moved on to play for NCAA and NAIA after their two-year stint at CLC.
Russell earned his Master's degree in Athletic Administration from St. Cloud State University and holds a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Recreation from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas.
About Raider Mens' Basketball
CLC hasn’t had a losing season in 14 years under Head Coach Jim Russell, who has led the Raiders to the state tournament 13 times. CLC has made it to the region title game three times in the past six seasons. In 2008 the Raiders won state and regional championships to earn a trip to the national tournament in New York. Last season the team was ranked among the top 10 most of the way and at one time had a 23-game win streak. CLC was re-assigned from the Northern to Southern Division to relish strong competition against perennial powers. Top recruits and transfers come together to fit a brand of basketball focused on defense and teamwork.
Coaching Staff: Head Coach - Jim Russell