GODFREY – Doug Stotler, of St. Charles, Mo., is returning to Lewis and Clark Community College July 1 for his second stint as athletic director and head men’s basketball coach.
Stotler replaces Deon Thomas, who came to Lewis and Clark in 2009, but recently accepted an assistant coaching position with the University of Illinois-Chicago men’s basketball program.
“It has been a pleasure working with Deon over the last few years. I am happy that he has the opportunity to be part of a Division I university basketball program in his hometown of Chicago,” said Vice President of Student Engagement Sean
Hill. “Doug’s knowledge of the area and familiarity with Lewis and Clark, combined with his experience at Jefferson College, made him an ideal candidate for the position. We’re excited to welcome him back.”
During Stotler’s first run at L&C, from 1993-2009, he amassed a 16-year record of 310-192 and guided the Trailblazers men’s basketball team to three
conference titles, two Region 24 titles and National Junior College Athletic Association
Division II National Basketball Tournament finishes of fourth and seventh place. He also
received several Region 24 and conference “coach of the year” accolades.
In 2009, Stotler accepted an offer to lead the Jefferson College athletics department as its director of athletics. While at Jefferson College, in Hillsboro, Mo., Stotler managed five
NJCAA Division I sports. Under his leadership, all five Viking Athletics teams won NJCAA
Region 16 titles and participated in their respective NJCAA Division I national
In 2011, while still at Jefferson College, Stotler was elected as the NJCAA’s men’s director of Region 16 by the Missouri community college athletic directors. The position required
statewide administrative supervision of all men’s regular season, post season, regional and district tournaments.
Since 2011, Stotler also served on the NJCAA National Board of Directors, had NJCAA
National Sports Committee assignments and presided over all Region 16 meetings.