Rochester College is a very familiar place for Head Men’s Basketball Coach Klint Pleasant. Pleasant took the reigns from his father and long-time RC basketball coach, Garth Pleasant, after assisting him for four seasons.
Coach Pleasant has enjoyed much success early in his RC head-coaching career as the Warriors have a record of 103-31 after his first four seasons. Last season, Pleasant led Rochester to his fifth straight 20-plus win season, registering a 24-7 overall record, which helped the Warriors rank in the NAIA coaches poll 8 out of the 10 total weeks. RC also appeared in its fifth USCAA Final Four in six years.
In his first season, he led the Warriors to a 26-win season and a runner-up finish at the USCAA National Tournament. Pleasant built off his first-season success and took RC basketball on a historic run three years ago. In the school’s first full year as a member of the NAIA, Pleasant led the Warriors to a 30-win season, USCAA National Championship, and a win over NCAA Division I foe Eastern Illinois University. Additionally, he led the school to its first ever berth in the NAIA National Tournament, first top 10 NAIA national ranking, and coached the first two NAIA All-Americans in the school’s history in Dramell Hogan and Drew Maynard. Maynard and Hogan also represented the Warriors on the USCAA All-American team.
In 2013-2014, Pleasant led the Warriors to a 25-8 record reaching the USCAA national tournament once again. RC began the season ranked #25 in NAIA preseason top 25 poll for the first time in school history. The Warriors finished the regular season ranked third in the USCAA and second in the A.I.I. conference, qualifying for the A.I.I. conference tournament for the second year in a row. The 2014-2015 was no different, as RC recorded a 22-11 season and went all the way to the USCAA National Championship game for the third time in Pleasant’s career.
Under Coach Pleasant’s 6 year guidance, the Warriors have notched 11 USCAA All Americans Additionally, Three different Warriors brought Rochester College's first ever NAIA All American honors.
In 2013 both Dramell Hogan and Drew Maynard were named third team and honorable mention NAIA All Americans, respectively. The NAIA also recognized Stavros Schizas' play as he was selected as an NAIA honorable mention All-American in 2014. Schizas marked the third Warrior to be honored as an NAIA All-American performer under Pleasant. Currently, Schizas and Maynard have gone on to play professionally overseas, and Hogan has been invited to work out for NBA development league teams for the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns.
Pleasant’s coaching resume is among the best. He comes to RC from NCAA Division II Abilene Christian University where he was the youngest NCAA Division II college coach in the country. At ACU, Pleasant coached the Wildcats to 25 wins in his first two seasons after taking over a program that had won only 13 games in the two previous seasons.
Before coaching at ACU, Pleasant was an assistant coach at Kent State University (NCAA Div. I). During the 2001-2002 season, Pleasant helped coach the Golden Flashes to a Mid-American Conference record 30 games as the team advanced to the NCAA Div. I Tournament’s Elite Eight. The University of Indiana denied them a trip to the Final 4 on a nationally televised game on CBS. Since then, the Kent State team that Pleasant coached was named the “Mid-American team of the decade.” Pleasant coached and played a major role in developing the team’s center, John Edwards, into an NBA player. Edwards went on to play for both the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks. He also coached power forward, Antonio Gates, who now plays in the NFL and is among the best tight ends in the game. Following his only season at Kent State, Pleasant was offered a chance to follow Head Coach Stan Heath to SEC powerhouse Arkansas. Pleasant, however, decided to remain at Kent State, only to be offered the head coaching job at ACU three months later. In addition, Rachel (Pleasant’s wife) received her master’s degree in Exercise Physiology while at Kent State. Prior to joining the Kent State program, Pleasant served as an assistant coach at (NCAA Div. I) University of Tennessee-Martin (1999-2001) and (NCAA Div. II) Wayne State University (1998-1999). While at UT- Martin, he helped the Skyhawks qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time in school history.
During his tenure at WSU, Pleasant helped lead the team to a 25-5 record, a top 5 ranking in the country, a conference championship and an NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen appearance. Pleasant completed his master’s degree in education in 1999 while coaching at UT-Martin.
Pleasant’s coaching career started at Lipscomb University where he served as a student assistant under late head coach Don Meyer, who was the fastest coach to reach 700 victories in the history of college basketball.
Before his coaching career, Pleasant played football for Abilene Christian University (NCAA Div. II) under Head Coach Bob Strader in 1994. He graduated college from Lipscomb University in 1998.
As a prep, Pleasant attended Waterford Kettering High School in Waterford, Mich., and played football for legendary high school football coach Mike Berry. He was a unanimous first team all-conference selection in football and was his team’s co-captain on the baseball, basketball and football teams. His 48 pass receptions in his senior year put him among the top five in the state of Michigan.
Pleasant’s roots are planted deeply in Rochester College’s soil as his grandfather Lucien Palmer was a founding father. Dr. Palmer served as the first dean of the College and later served as president for eight years. His father, Garth Pleasant, has served at Rochester College for nearly 40 years as the men’s basketball coach, athletic director, and as a member of the faculty. Klint and Rachel made the move back to Rochester College in 2005 after the birth of their first child, Abigail.
Pleasant also serves as the RC athletic director and vice president of enrollment. The athletic department has seen the addition of five sports since Pleasant took over as AD and has finished in the top five of the USCAA Director’s Cup each of the last four years. RC has finished third for the last three years in the Director’s Cup, which is awarded to the USCAA institution that has the most success as an entire athletic department for that year. 2015-2016 marked the first time in school history that RC won the directors cup with a first place finish. RC has twice been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Institution. Pleasant was honored as the A.I.I. 2012 NAIA Coach of Character which is given to one coach in the Association of Independent Institutions conference every year that displays the NAIA five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. 2015-2016 Pleasant was also named the USCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Coach of the year. Enrollment (incomingclasses) has increased more than 70% since Pleasant took over the reigns, and the largest incoming class in the school’s 56-year history was brought in during his second year managing the recruiting process.
The Pleasant family experienced some personal struggles after moving back to Rochester Hills as Rachel survived a brain tumor and several surgeries. Rachel and Klint frequently travel to various places as they speak about their incredible journey. Klint also preaches on a regular basis throughout the region and is currently preaching part-time for the South Lyon Church of Christ.
Pleasant resides in Rochester Hills with his wife Rachel (Stevens) and two daughters Abigail, who will be turning 12 years old on Jan. 1 and Julia, who will turn 7 years old this November.
Tom Webb enters his sixth year on the Rochester College Basketball staff after two seasons as an assistant coach for the Purdue Calumet’s men’s basketball program. Webb played a crucial role in the PUC basketball program by heading up recruiting, film exchange and player development. Webb is no stranger to the RC basketball program where he was a four-year player, helped the team record four 20-win seasons, including a school-record 26 victories in his senior campaign. Webb also helped the Warriors earn four-straight USCAA national tournament appearances, while serving as the team captain on the 2008-09 squad that advanced to the national championship game.
The young coach participated in a number of coaching clinics during his time at Rochester. The late legendary head coach, Don Meyer, held annual clinics at Rochester College during Webb’s playing career. He was also a part of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan clinics, working with high profile coaches like John Beilein, Hubie Brown, Jamie Dixon, Tom Izzo. Stan Van Gundy, Jim Christian, and the late Rick Majerus, among others.
Webb graduated from Rochester College in 2009 with a degree in behavioral sciences. He and his wife, Amy, currently reside in Rochester Hills, MI.
COACH PLEASANT’S THOUGHTS ON COACH WEBB
“Coach Webb, in addition to his duties as an Athletic Administrator, is invaluable to the Men's Basketball program. He is the glue to the entire process. His knowledge of our system and his constant reinforcement of our culture is a real asset. He puts in countless hours, and is a true team player. I have enjoyed watching him blossom into a fine basketball coach. From recruiting, to game and practice prep, to caring for our players, to administrative duties; he does it all. Coach Webb bleeds Crimson and White and makes us better. It's been an honor to work with him the past six years.”
If the game situation calls for it, Beaudoin can be seen leaning out, offering his glasses to referees as they run down the floor. If his voice goes out, he starts waving a towel. He is a master motivator. Beaudoin's connection to the basketball program began during the ‘83-‘84 season, and continued as his son, Dan, played on Rochester's 1988 squad on his way to becoming College valedictorian. Beaudoin, who retired as Lieutenant from the Madison Heights Fire Department in 1996, and his wife, Mary Ellen, are the parents of two other children and the grandparents of four.
Coach Pleasant On George:
"Coach George has been a part of our program since 1984, and is one of the finest individuals I have ever been around. He is a servant leader and will do anything for anyone. I think next to my father there is no one who has given as much to RC basketball than Coach George. He is an encourager and a motivator. Our guys love being around him and his presence in practice and at games is invaluable. I was so excited to hear that he was still going to remain a part of the staff after my Dad retired. I can't imagine RC basketball without Coach George."
Scott is no stranger to Rochester as he grew up in Clawson, Mich. Scott’s family have been longtime supporters of the college dating back to the school’s early years. Scott began his service at Rochester College in 2002 as he brought his strong business background to the classroom as a faculty member in the College of Business. Scott’s success in leading an employee fundraising campaign for the Athletic Center and his desire to work with prospective students led him out of the classroom and into administration where he served as the director of admissions and assistant athletic director.
Scott brings a wealth of experience to Rochester College as he spent 14 years in banking and investment. In addition to his responsibilities in banking, Scott also spent time as a personal financial adviser for professional athletes. Scott helped coach the RC men’s basketball team in 2004 and 2005 when the team won back-to-back national championships. He graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 1986 and went on to complete a Masters of Finance from Walsh College in 1996.
In addition to his work in our basketball program, Scott Samuels serves as the Head of School at Oakland Christian School in Auburn Hills, Mich. Scott is married to Christie (Powers) and they have one son, Jacob Scott Samuels.
COACH PLEASANT’S THOUGHTS ON COACH SAMUELS:
“Coach Samuels plays a vital role within our basketball program. I lean on him as a trusted friend and coach. He mentors players, assists with study hall, and works hard in practices and in games. His input is spot on, and his presence makes our program better. I can't think of anyone that is more selfless and cares more about RC basketball than Coach Samuels. He puts in untold hours to make our program better and is a huge part of our success. In addition, he is truly a special friend.”
Evan Green is a second year assistant with the men’s basketball program but is very familiar with Rochester College basketball. During Evan’s time at Rochester College as a student, he worked within the athletic department assisting former men’s basketball coach & athletic director emeritus Garth Pleasant. Later on, Evan would also join the Lake Norcentra Basketball Camp staff helping facilitate basketball activities.
Evan is also one of the admissions recruiters and is the director of intramural sports on campus. Recently, Evan has partnered with Coach Klint Pleasant to lead a 412 Mentoring Groups an, initiative sponsored by the Rochester College Campus Ministry. Prior to joining Rochester College as a staff member, Evan worked at Reach Academy in Roseville, Michigan as a paraprofessional and middle school boys & girls basketball coach.
In addition to Evan’s employment at Rochester College, he serves as associate pastor at his local congregation. Evan has over 10 years of administrative & pastoral ministry experience. Evan and his wife Sheena live in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Coach Pleasant's Thoughts on Coach Green:
"I am thrilled to welcome Coach Green into our program. He embodies every facet of our school's misson and has energy thats contagious. I have enjoyed getting to know him over the past three years and have been extremly impressed with his work ethic and attitude. Coach Green is an alumnus of RC and has a great deal of pride in both this instituion and our basketball program. He is very talented and possesses a skill set that will help our program, and specifically the young men in our program. I am looking forward to work with Coach Green again this year, and i Consider him a trusted friend."
Jeroen started his career at RC under Coach Pleasant in 2012-2013 and played for four years. During his career, De Baat became a staple in the middle of the Warriors top ranked defense, accumulating 135 blocks. Over 90 of those blocks came in his last two years suited up as a Warrior. Jeroen averaged nearly 5 points per game during his career, won a national championship, and played in a second national championship game. Jeroen will spend this year as a student assistant coach while he completes his bachelors degree.
Coach Pleasant's Thoughts on Coach "Rone"
"I'm thrilled that Rone is helping us. He's already improved our program with his insight, presence, and work ethic. I'm looking forward to him being with us this year and hoping we can find a way to keep him around long term."