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About Coach Marty Levinson







About Coach Marty Levinson

Third year Head Coach Marty Levinson is looking to lead the Central Raiders into a successful 2013-14 season. Coach Levinson brings a variety of playing and coaching experience to the Raiders bench. This season Levinson will try to build on the success his team had last season finishing in the Elite Eight of the National Tournament.  He began his high school career at Grand Island Senior High and finished his high school playing career at Bellevue West High School. While at Bellevue West, Levinson was part of a lot of success compiling a 44-5 record and earning a 1999 Class A state tournament runner up and finishing on top with a 2000 Class A state championship.

After high school Coach Levinson chose to play one season with his older brother Cody at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD before transferring to Southeast Community College in Beatrice, NE for his sophomore season. While at SCC Coach Levinson earned first team all Nebraska Community College team honors and earned a full athletic scholarship to play at the University of Nebraska Kearney.

Coach Levinson played on some very successful teams at the University of Nebraska Kearney winning two conference championships and two NCAA tournament bids. Levinson played a key role as a member of the 2003 NCAA regional championship and elite eight qualifying team that lost to eventual national champions Northeastern Oklahoma in the Elite Eight of the NCAA D2 national tournament. Levinson's senior year he earned east division Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors while serving as a team captain.
Coach Levinson then graduated from UNK with a degree in secondary education in 2005 and played one season of semi-professional basketball for the Nebraska Cranes of the United States Basketball League before beginning his coaching career. His first coaching job included several duties as the head 7th, 8th, and sophomore coach at Grand Island Central Catholic high school while also serving as a varsity assistant for coaching mentor Bill Gavers.

After one season of high school basketball Coach Levinson headed west to gain some division I experience at The University of the Pacific where he served as the video coordinator for the Tigers during the 2006-07 season. Levinson then moved to San Jose, California where he served as an assistant coach for two storied junior college programs in California. Levinson coached the 2007-08 season at West Valley College and the 2008-09 season at San Jose City College where he helped assist with a Coast South Conference championship season.

Levinson returned home to Nebraska as the graduate assistant for his alma mater the University of Nebraska Kearney for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. At UNK Coach Levinson developed his coaching philosophy under legendary Coach Tom Kropp and earned a master's degree as a Master Teacher of Physical Education.

Coach Levinson is single, lives in Columbus and enjoys spending his free time with his nieces and nephew, Hailey, Connor, and Jordyn Levinson when he is not playing, recruiting, or coaching basketball. Coach Levinson's duties also include course instruction and management of the CCC intramural programs.

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Written by David Vanderheiden   
Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 14:23