Associate Director of
Athletics/ Head Basketball Coach
Read Hall 110
Office: (404) 270-5763
Coach Mercer returns for his ninth season as head coach of the Jaguar basketball team and also continues to serve as Associate Athletics Director and Facilities Manager for the Spelman athletics department after serving most recently as interim athletics director for Spelman from 2002-2004.
Coach Mercer played basketball for the University of Georgia from 1976-1980 and finished as the leader in career field goal percentage, season field goal percentage, and career blocks. After a successful career at Georgia, Mercer was drafted in to the NBA and took his talents to San Antonio as a member of the Spurs.
Mercer then began his international basketball career, first playing in Pesaro, Italy for one year.
Mercer spent the next fourteen years in Israel as a member of the European Professional Basketball Association and also played for the Israeli national team. Along with becoming a star on the basketball court, Mercer also served as a soldier in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces). During his time in Israel, Mercer gained Israeli citizenship before returning to the United States. Today, Mercer is the Southeast Region’s African-American Ambassador for the State of Israel.
In 1995, Coach Mercer graduated from National Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral psychology and two years later joined the athletics staff at Spelman College.
LaVon has three children: Dionn, Alexander, and Gabriel and he currently resides in Powder Springs, Georgia.