Rev'n Up before Lou Holtz
May 7, 2012, 7:07 am
Head Coach of the Portland Pilots basketball team, Eric Reveno, sat down with Chad Doing this past weekend to talk life, basketball, and what it's like to host legendary head coach Lou Holtz as he's in town for commencement at UP.
Eric Reveno was named head coach of the men’s basketball program on April 10, 2006, becoming the 20th coach in Pilot history. He previously served nine successful seasons as an assistant at Stanford. Reveno has spearheaded Portland’s rebuilding effort and has already achieved remarkable results in his first five years on The Bluff.
11 Pilots have been named to All-WCC teams since 2008, including six first-team selections, and all nine of the program’s graduates since 2009 have gone on to play professionally.
And the success hasn’t just been on the court. The team boasts a 100% graduation rate, a perfect 1000 rating in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate, and 10 Academic All-WCC selections since 2007.
Reveno was named the 2009 West Coast Conference and District 9 Coach of the Year after leading the Pilots to a 19-13 record and invitation to the inaugural CIT.
Reveno preaches a disciplined style of play, has a track record of player development, and respects the role of the student-athlete. He has built the foundation for future success through quality recruiting and an emphasis on development, both on the court and in the weight room.
Voted one of the Top 25 Recruiters in the nation by rivals.com in 2006, Reveno has brought his eye for talent to Portland with good results.
Academic integrity is another cornerstone of Reveno’s program. A Pac-10 Conference All-Academic Team selection himself in 1989 as a senior, Reveno helped coach 14 players to 25 all-conference academic honors as an assistant, the most of any school in the Pac-10 during his nine-year tenure.
An imposing 6-foot, 8-inch figure, Reveno commands respect not with his mere presence, but with his passion for, and teaching of, a disciplined style of play reminiscent of his formative coaching years as an assistant under legendary coach Mike Montgomery at Stanford. He also points to the coaching philosophies of Tom Davis, the man who recruited and coached him at Stanford his first two years, and legendary coach Pete Newell as major influences on his coaching style.
He has developed a reputation as one of the top post player coaches in the country. Described as a “fierce competitor” on the court, Reveno played in 116 games during his career at Stanford (1985-87, 89), including 30 games as a starter during his senior season in 1988-89. He was a two-time team captain and most inspirational player and averaged 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a senior, helping the Cardinal to a 26-7 record, a 15-3 mark in the Pac-10, and a No. 12 national ranking. The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Tournament, Stanford’s first appearance in the tourney since the 1942 season.
After graduating from Stanford in 1989 with a degree in economics, he spent four years playing professional basketball in Japan. He returned to Stanford and obtained his masters degree in business administration in 1995. Prior to joining the Stanford coaching staff in 1997, he served as president for two years of Riekes Center in Menlo Park, a non-profit mentoring organization that works with athletes of all ages.
He talks with Chad about his coaching philosophies, what it’s like to be around a coaching legend in Lou Holtz, hosting him for the weekend, and the kinds of things he is learning and soaking in from the experience of having him in town.