Bruce Chavka - Head Coach
Coach Bruce Chavka is entering his tenth year at the helm of the Titan basketball program. Coach Chavka came from league rival Southwestern Oregon Community College where he served as the assistant men's basketball coach.
Coach Chavka has over 20 years of teaching and coaching experience. Prior to coming to Oregon in 2005, he was the head basketball coach at Napa Valley Community College in California.
Coach C, as he is known among his players, also served as a head high school coach at Middle Park High School in Granby, Colorado, and at La Veta High School in Southern Colorado.
The Colorado native is a graduate of Western State College where he served as an assistant coach to Fred Litzenberger and Bob Hofman. Coach C has also served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, as well as the assistant basketball coach and head men's golf coach at Lamar Community College in Colorado. Coach C also served as a graduate assistant at University of Northern Colorado.
Currently, Coach Chavka serves on the Athletic Leadership Committee at Lane Community College and is a mentor to local kids through Lane County’s Committed Partners for Youth.
Coach C has a long standing tradition of volunteering his team for the annual Whiteaker free community Thanksgiving dinner that serves Lane County’s less fortunate.
Coach C is a proud product of the community college system. He attended Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado, where he was a shooting guard.
Coach C holds a Bachelors of Science degree in physical education and a Bachelors of Arts degree in history. Coach Chavka has a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration and Coaching from Concordia University at Irvine. He is the proud father of a 10 year old daughter, named Hadley, whose favorite teams are the Denver Broncos and the Lane Titans.
Coach Chavka is very excited, enthusiastic and optimistic about the journey that lies ahead.
Joe White - Assistant Coach
Coach White was born in San Diego, California and raised in Pleasant Hill, Oregon which is just outside of Eugene, Oregon. White attended the Pleasant Hill schools through his junior year of high school. Before senior year he transferred to Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon where he and his family moved. After graduating, White moved to Ashland, Oregon where he attended Southern Oregon University and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree while playing for Coach Brian McDermott. After graduating, White stayed in the southern Oregon area and pursued law enforcement while training to return overseas to play professionally.
In 2014 Coach White moved Tacoma, Washington where he was the Head Assistant for three years. He was pivotal in the success and rebuilding of the TCC program and took them to the NWAC championship game in 2017. After his third season at Tacoma, White decided to make the move back home to Eugene, Oregon and join our staff here at Lane Community College.
White played college basketball at Southern Oregon University from 2008-2012. After the 2010 season at Southern Oregon, White went on to play professionally for Club La Salle of Guayaquil, Ecuador. After a season as a professional in South America, White returned to SOU for two more years as a student-athlete. White graduated from Southern Oregon in 2013 with his Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
As the Head Assistant for Coach Chavka, Coach White will focus primarily on recruiting, player development, student-athlete academic success, and will also assists in all other program operations and development.
“Having the opportunity to return home to Eugene, Oregon and join Coach Chavka and his staff at Lane Community College is a blessing. The thought of helping coach the Titans and assist in taking them back to the top of the NWAC has been a thought of mine ever since I got into coaching at the collegiate level. This is a very unique opportunity for me to be able to return to my hometown and coach in front of my family and friends. I’m looking forward to learning from Coach Chavka, working with the Titan staff and community, and helping take Lane Community College back to the top of the NWAC. We have hardware that needs to be brought back to Lane.” said White.
Anthony Slater - Assistant Coach
Coach Slater is from Ft. Pierce, Florida. Coach Slater lived in Germany for 13 years, where he lived most of his life. In high school Coach Slater became a McDonald’s All American nominee, 1st Team All State (Tennessee and Florida) 1st Team All State, (Tennessee and Florida) Player of the year, Blue Chip All American. All-time assist leader in Westwood High School history. He led Clarksville Northwest to a 33-3 record and first ever state appearance & final four. He also led Westwood high school to their best record ever in school history 29-4, District Champions, Regional Championship. Coach Slater played at New Mexico Junior College, where he was named 1st Team All-conference and All Region. He led the nation in assist and 4th in steals. He holds the all-time assist record in one game with 26. He is 4th all time in school history in single season assist 270 and two season with 470. In 2001 Coach Slater sign to play at Florida Atlantic University, where he led them to their first ever Atlantic Sun championship and NCAA tourney bid. He holds the A-Sun tourney record with single game steals record with 8steals vs Georgia State. In 2002 Coach Slater enter the NBa draft. Coach Slater became a free agent and played 8 years professional Overseas, CBA, IBL, ABA, PBL, and USBL. 2006 He became top 50 minor league players in the country. His professional career he Avg. 10.1ppg, 10.4apg. 2010 Coach Slater Retired form playing basketball. He started his coaching career coaching Travel basketball where he became a one of top Club coaches in the country. He led Washington Elite 17u to 5 NCAA certified championships and #22 in the nation and #4 in the West Coast. He placed over 24 player players in college in the last two years.
2016 He landed a head coaching job at Archbishop Murphy where he led the wildcats to a 16-7 record and 10-2 conference.
I'm thankful for this opportunity to help another program and help develop players get to the next level.