Rochester College is a very familiar place for new Head Men's Basketball Coach Klint Pleasant. Pleasant takes the reigns from his father and long time RC basketball coach, Garth Pleasant, after assisting him for four seasons.
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 legendary head coach Don Meyer, who is 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 Dr. Bob Strader in 1994. He graduated college from Lipscomb University in 1998.
As a prep, Pleasant attended Waterford Kettering High School in Waterford, MI 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, 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. Enrollment (incoming classes) has increased more than 40% since Pleasant took over the reigns, and the largest incoming class in the school's 52 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 part-time at the Lake Orion Church of Christ.
Pleasant resides in Oxford, MI with his wife Rachel (Stevens) and two daughters Abigail (8) and Julia (3).
Tom Webb enters his second 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, regularly attending legendary mentor Don Meyer's Coaching Clinic. He was also a part of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan clinics, working with high profile coaches like John Belien, Hubie Brown, Jamie Dixon, Tom Izzo and Rick Majerus.
Webb graduated from Rochester College in 2009 with a degree in behavioral sciences. He currently resides in Davidson, MI.
Coach Pleasant on Webb:
"I am thrilled that Tom will be joining our athletic staff. I considered and spoke with several people for the position, but Tom surfaced to the top every time. Most important, Tom is a former student athlete (2009) at RC and he understands our mission. He graduated in four years and was a team captain. In addition, he was a vital part of four very successful seasons on the men's basketball team. He is arguably the hardest playing basketball player that my Dad ever coached and his work ethic as an employee is the same. I have watched him closely since he left RC and he has impressed me in many ways. He is organized and possesses a passion to do things with excellence. Tom is from Davidson, MI and spent the last two seasons as the head assistant basketball coach at Purdue University-Calumet (an NAIA school in Hammond, IN)."
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 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."
In addition to his work in our basketball program, Scott Samuels serves as Director of Admissions and Assistant Athletic Director at RC. His main responsibility is working directly with the Admissions Recruiters and serves as their day to day manager. Scott also serves as the international recruiting coordinator, is the liaison for Admissions with Student Financial Services, and works directly with the VP of Admissions and Director of Athletics in creating the overall strategy for Admissions and Athletics.
Scott is no stranger to Rochester as he grew up in Clawson, MI. Scott's family have been long time 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 the administration.
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 advisor 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. Scott is married to Christie (Powers) and they have one son, Jacob Scott Samuels.Coach Pleasant on Samuels:
"Coach Samuels has become a very good friend of mine throughout the last six years while at RC. He worked with the team back in 2004 and 2005 as part of my Dad's staff and I asked him to help again. He is invaluable when it comes to organizational duties. He helps with class checks, study sessions, travel plans, stats and budgetary issues. The guys enjoy being around him and his positive attitude is infectious. I'm grateful he's willing to help, and the work he does makes our program better."