Hall of Fame

John “Jack” Cavan, Class of 1958

Induction Class of 2003

John “Jack” Cavan attended Sunflower Junior College during the 1957-58 school year where he was an outstanding player on the basketball team and a contributor to the track team. Cavan averaged 24 points per game and led the Trojans basketball team in scoring, rebounding, and assists even though he was almost always double-teamed. As of 2003, because of his track days at SJC, Cavan has ran over 109 marathons, including the Boston Marathons and 22 New York Marathons, and over 300 other distance events.

Following his year at SJC, “Jack” received scholarships offers from numerous schools, but he kept a promise to Nicholls State University and finished his college career there, graduating with a B.S. in Education. During his junior year, a Texas newspaper described Cavan as one of the most accurate shooters in the nation.

Jack Cavan pursued a coaching career from 1963-72. From 1968-72, he served as the head tennis coach at Atlantic Central Community College and earned a Master’s Degree in Administration Supervision from Kean University and a Mater’s Degree and an Ed.S. in Education Psychology and Counseling from Yeshiva University. In 1975 he earned his Doctorate in Organizational Development from Yeshiva. Cavan’s administrative career also began at Atlantic Community College where he rose to become Associate Dean of the College.

Cavan became President of Southside Virginia Community College in 1983. In 2000 he received the American Assn. of Community College Trustees Southern Regional Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award; and in 1997, February 13th was declared John. J. Cavan Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia by Governor George Allen.

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