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RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, and men's and women's tennis. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won seven national championships and we have had more than 100 All-Americans.
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features nearly 75,000 volumes and more than 650 periodicals, and access to the interlibrary loan system. It also features spaces for individual and group study, and if you get thirsty, there's a coffee shop in the lobby!
Misty Opat is entering her fourth season as the Golden Eagles' head women's basketball coach. The 2011-2012 season was a historic one for women's basketball as she led her team to the first NJCAA national championship for women's basketball in RVC history. She was named Coach of the Year for the conference (N4C), the region (NJCAA Region IV), District B, and the NJCAA National Tournament.
In just three seasons, Opat has compiled an overall record of 64-32 and a stellar 28-8 mark in conference play with only one conference loss in the past two seasons. She was also officially named the college's Athletic Director in May 2011.
Prior to RVC, Opat accumulated eight years of Division I coaching experience. From 1999-2002 she served as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she also served as the Recruiting Coordinator. In 2000 her UIC recruiting class was ranked 19th in the country for NCAAA Division I. Opat also held assistant coaching positions at Fresno State University (1998-99) and the University of Kansas (1995-1998) where in both cases she was also heavily involved in recruiting and scouting.
Opat earned an Associate of Science degree from Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, where she was a two-year team captain in basketball and was named to the all-conference and all-region teams in both seasons. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, where she earned NAIA (Division II) All-American honors as a player. Opat then went on to obtain a Master of Science in Sports Administration from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.
Misty lives in Gilberts, IL with her three nieces, Makenzie, April and Theresa and her father Vincent.
You can contact Coach Opat at (815) 921-3807 or via e-mail.
Holli is entering her fifth season with RVC's women's basketball program and will serve in her second season as Assistant Coach. She is a 2011 graduate of Rock Valley College and was awarded a scholarship for academics after receiving her diploma from Silverado High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holli was an avid basketball player until an injury permanently sidelined her in high school. While a student at Rock Valley College, Holli discovered she could combine her love of basketball and helping others by getting involved in RVC athletics. She also served as a Student Assistant for the Lady Golden Eagles for over three years.
Holli is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in Leadership and Management at Judson University.
Assistant Coach: Darryl Watkins
Darryl is in his first season as assistant coach for the Golden Eagles. He is a Rock Valley College graduate and played for the men's basketball team in the 2008-2009 season. Darryl recently graduated from Rockford College and has just begun to pursue his master's degree. He is currently playing for the Rockford Riverdawgs of the IBA (Independent Basketball Association). Before attending RVC, Darryl graduated from Auburn High School in Rockford.
Manager: Jon Akins
Manager: Brandi Presley