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Stuart Ross, of Downingtown, will serve as head coach of the men’s basketball team. A 2001 graduate of West Chester University, he served as a team captain for coach Dick DeLaney's 1999-2000 Golden Ram team that finished 22-6 and claimed the PSAC Eastern Division championship. During his time as a student athlete at WCU, Ross was a member of three consecutive 20-win seasons and three post-season appearances, including two NCAA Division II Tournament berths. He also served on the student athletic advisory board.

After graduating, Ross returned to his alma mater as assistant head coach for four seasons. During his time at WCU the team had four consecutive playoff berths, one Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Championship (2005-2006), one NCAA Division II Tournament berth, and two preseason first place selections. Ross helped develop nine first and second team all-league player selections, two player-of-the-year selections and one first-team All-American. WCU was also nationally ranked as high as number 12 during the 2002-2003 season. Ross most recently served as head coach at Kennett High School.

Assistant Coach: Elie Daniel

Assistant Coach: Michael Lavetsky

Michael Lavetsky comes to Penn State Brandywine as a part time assistant basketball coach for 2011/2012. Lavetsky graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice and received his Master of Arts in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida. Michael worked in the area of forensic mental health while evaluating and treating youth offenders involved in the juvenile justice system for seven years. Since moving back to the Philadelphia area Michael is currently pursuing a certification as a Secondary School Guidance Counselor.


Lavetsky played basketball at the high school and collegiate levels and was a member of the 1997-1998 PSUAC Championship team at Penn State Scranton. He served as the varsity coach at Tampa Bay Area High School for the past three years before becoming the newest member of Penn State Brandywine Basketball.


Michael currently lives in Newtown Square with his wife Jessica. You can reach him at mlavetsky@msn.com.