Head Coach George Pfeifer
George Pfeifer enters his 14th year directing the
Lewis-Clark State College Menís Basketball team. Last year the Warriors
finished the season 23-9, ending with a loss in the Frontier Conference
tournament to Carroll College 69-86. In the 2001-02 season, he passed the
200 career wins at his alma mater and then set the school record for coaching
career wins with 213 victories in a 105 to 79 win over the University of Great
Falls. He has built L-C into one of the strongest programs in the Pacific
Northwest and has led the Warriors to national prominence. Prior to his
arrival as the Warriors Head Coach, L-C had won only one playoff game in its
basketball history as a four-year institution back in 1947.
Pfeifer has been selected Coach of the Year twice (2000, 1992) and directed his team to four National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship appearances (1992, 1995, 2000, 2002). L-C has made six conference championship appearances under Pfeiferís watchful eye. He has recruited and coached 14 NAIA All-Americans as well as 12 Academic All-Americans. It took Pfeifer only three years to guide L-C to a conference title and their first ever birth to the NAIA championships beating Simon-Fraser University, Western Washington and St. Martins College in a best two out of three series. That year they posted 23 wins which was a school record at the time for wins in one season. In 1995, Pfeifer led L-C to its second NAIA birth in their victory over Seattle University. During their first year as a member of the Frontier Conference they won the League title and the Conference tournament. That season they were seeded 28th and went on to post the schoolís first national championship victory defeating Birmingham Southern University 88 to 70 advancing to the Sweet 16.
This past season Pfeiferís team broke the school record for wins with a 24-10 record and once again qualified for the NAIA National Championship. That team posted four top 10 national statistical marks on offense (53% fg, 88.8 ppg, 72.3% ft, 39.1 % 3 pt). Of the 69 menís basketball records held at L-C, Pfeifer coached teams have posted 50. Not one to shy away from playing tough schedules, the Warriors under Pfeiferís reins have faced 26 NCAA Division I opponents. In 2000 the Warriors defeated the University of Idaho 68 to 54 and Boise State University by 14 points in 1995. In their previous two meetings the last two years they have dropped two nail-bite games to Pac 10 Washington State University; the first on a last secured shot and the last game by five points.
Prior to his current position at L-C, Pfeifer had a two-year stint as an assistant basketball coach to L-Cís legendary head coach, Dick Hannan. He also served as the head womenís basketball coach at Rocky Mountain College for two years (1985-86 and 1986-87). In that stint with the Lady Bears, he led them to their first winning record in nine years. He had three All-Conference selections at RMC and also developed the Lady Bears into one of the toughest defensive teams in the country, and at one time, RMC was ranked sixth in scoring defense. Pfeifer also served as an assistant to the menís basketball team at RMC during the 1984-85 campaign to head coach Mark Adams. He helped guide the Battling Bears to their first-ever NAIA National Tournament berth after being crowned District XII champions.
Pfeifer also served as head coach for two years at Hardin High School in Montana and three years at St. Maries High in his hometown of St. Maries, ID. In his two years at Hardin, Pfeifer led the team to consecutive Montana State Tournaments. Hardin had not been to the State Tournament in over 20 years, and were 5-56 over the three years before his arrival. He also led St. Maries High to a 21-3 record in his third year and a fourth-place finish at the Idaho State Class A-2 Tournament. Prior to his arrival, St. Maries had only one game in each of the three seasons leading up to Pfeiferís arrival.
Pfeifer also has been the director of the National Youth Sports Program since 1987 at L-C. He graduated from L-C in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science and a minor of Physical Education and Coaching. Pfeifer received his Masterís degree in Educational Secondary Administration in 1989 from the University of Idaho. Pfeifer celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary to his wife Susan. They have three children: Duncan, 20, who is in his sophomore year at L-C; Jennifer, 18, a senior at Clarkston High School; Abigail, 14, a 8th grader.
|1990-1991||17-14||.546||0-1: lost to Puget Sound|
|1991-1992||23-13||.639||4-2; def. Simon Fraser; def. Western Washington; def. St. Martin's (twice); lost to St. Martin's; Conference Champions; lost to Georgetown, KY (NAIA Tournament)|
|1992-1993||16-17||.485||0-1; lost to Western Washington|
|1993-1994||18-12||.600||1-1; def. Puget Sound; lost to Western Washington|
|1994-1995||17-14||.546||1-1; def. Seattle; lost to Central Washington (conference final)|
|1995-1996||19-10||.655||2-1; def. Western Washington, def. Seattle (conference champions); lost to Arkansas Tech (NAIA Tournament)|
|1996-1997||8-17||.320||0-1; lost to Seattle|
|1997-1998||9-19||.321||1-1; def. Simon Fraser; lost to Central Washington|
|1998-1999||13-19||.406||2-2; lost to Simon Fraser; def. Simon Fraser (twice); lost to Montana Tech; NAIA Region I runner-ups|
|1999-2000||20-9||.691||3-1; def. Western Montana; def. Rocky Mountain (Frontier Conference Champions); def. Birmingham-Southern (NAIA Tournament); lost to Olivet Nazarene (NAIA Tournament)|
|2000-2001||17-13||.567||1-1; def. MSU-Northern, 83-73; lost to Westminster, 89-88 (Frontier Conference Tournament)|
|2001-2002||24-10||.70||1-2; def. Montana Tech., 63-60; lost to Rocky Mountain 84-90(Fontier Conference); lost to Oklahoma Baptist 78-89(NAIA National Tournament)|
|2002-2003||23-9||.71||1-1; def. Montana Tech. 70-55 in the 1st round of the Frontier Conference Tournament, lost to Carroll College 69-86.|
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