Maryville College Head Women’s Basketball coach Darrin Travillian concluded his ninth season leading the Scots in 2018-2019.
Coach Travillian is a 1996 alumnus of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Secondary English Education. He also holds a Master of Arts in School Leadership and Administration from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. At UK he served as a student-assistant with the women’s basketball team, where he helped with individual workouts, film breakdown, and practice and game preparation.
Travillian began his coaching career at the Sayre School, where he served as a varsity assistant for three seasons before becoming the girls’ varsity head coach for two seasons. He helped lead the Spartans to the 42nd District title in 1997. Coach Travillian then served as an assistant for Kentucky High School Hall-of-Fame coach Kirk Chiles at Henry Clay High School.
Following a move “back home” to the Chicago area, Travillian took the reins of the girls’ varsity basketball program at Downers Grove North High School. In his first season, he led the team to a fourteen-game turnaround and their first-ever appearance in both the Chicago Sun-Times and Daily Herald’s Top 20 rankings. His Trojans were among the top defensive team in the area, holding opponents to under 36 points per game while forcing close to 20 turnovers per game.
As a Scots assistant from 2008-2010, Coach Travillian worked primarily with the defense and post players, including a pair of Great South Athletic Conference Players of the Year Natalie Munday and Alison Harmon. He also focused on scouting, film exchange, and game preparation, contributing to a pair of NCAA tournament teams.
Travillian’s Maryville squad (2010-2011) posted an amazing 21-5 overall record in his first season directing the program. He took the Scots to their 18th NCAA National Tournament with a 21-7 mark in 2011-2012.
His 2012-2013 squad picked second in the new USA South Athletic Conference, earned a share of regular season title while claiming the program’s 19th bid to the NCAA postseason. His Scots advanced to the second round of the national tournament with a win over Otterbein in Greencastle, Indiana.
Following the 2013 campaign, Travillian was named a 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the year finalist and regional coach of the year by the association.
Coach Travillian’s fourth season (2013-2014) saw his Scots post a 22-7 mark while earning the USA South Southern Division regular season title. He led MC to their 20th NCAA tournament while going 13-3 in USA South challenges.
Travillian paced the 2014-2015 Scots toward their 21st NCAA tournament appearance with a school record 26 wins, finishing 26-4. Darrin was once again honored in 2015 as a United States Marine Corps/WBCA National Coach of the Year finalist and regional coach of the year by the WBCA. Mackenzie Puckett became his first multi-time All-American, as she earned eight All-American awards from D3hoops.com, D-III Women’s News and the WBCA. She also earned two additional Pre-season nods from D3hoops.com
In 2015-2016, Travillian led the Scots to a USA South Regular Season title again, before Maryville claimed its first USA South Tournament crown in school history. The Scots earned their 22nd trip to the National Tournament, as they were the hosts for the first two rounds. He directed MC to the Sweet 16, which was only the fourth time in school history the Scots had reached that point on the women’s hardcourt. Maryville tied its school record for wins set in 2014-2015 with a matching 26-4 mark.
Travillian became the first Maryville women’s basketball coach to collect USA South Coach of the Year honors in 2015, before earning the award again in 2016.
Coach “T” is now the winningest coach in Maryville College Women’s Basketball history with 180 career wins, and he became the fastest coach in school history to 100 career victories in 2015.
This two-time Great South Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and two-time USA South Coach of the Year has developed 25 all-conference performers while directing numerous academic all-conference honorees on eight squads. His teams have won five USA South regular season conference titles, claimed the 2011-2012 GSAC Conference Tournament title, the 2015-2016 USA South Tournament crown, and has been ranked as high as third by the NCAA in the South Region and 11th nationally. He also developed the winningest women’s basketball class in school history, as the Class of 2016 graduated with a 98-20 career mark.
During the 2016-2017 season, Travillian’s Scots went 13-1 in the USA South play and finished 23-5 overall. They claimed another USA South regular season title but were not selected for the NCAA post-season.
In 2017-18, the Scots finished 11-3 in the USA South falling in the conference quarterfinals. Players Madison Maples and Rachel Hawn were selected for All-USA South all-conference accolades.
Last season, Maryville finished fourth in the USA South Western Division going 10-6 in league challenges. MC fell to Averett University 68-65 in the league tournament quarterfinals.
Travillian eclipsed Wes Moore’s record for the most 20-win seasons by a head coach in MC Women’s Basketball history while tying the mark set for most consecutive 20-win campaigns (7) in a row.
His players laude their leader for his preparation in practice and game situations. They feel his scouting and motivation skills get them ready to put forth their best effort on a daily basis.
Coach Travillian, his wife, Katy, and son, Grant, reside in Maryville.
The Travillian File
2012-2013 24-5 (16-2 USA South)
2013-2014 22-7 (13-3 USA South)
2014-2015 26-4 (15-1 USA South)
2015-2016 26-4 (14-1 USA South)
2016-2017 23-5 (13-1 USA South)
2017-2018 17-10 (11-3 USA South)
2018-2019 13-14 (10-6 USA South)
Career (9) 193-61 (.759) USA South (7) 92-16 (.851)