A hardwood veteran with 19 years of collegiate coaching experience and four seasons of collegiate playing experience, Van Macon is in his fifth season with the Scarlet Knights as an assistant coach. He arrived “On the Banks” after spending nine seasons as an assistant coach at Hofstra University, including the final three as associate head coach.
In March of 2012, Macon was named one of the “Top 100 Assistant Coaches in the College Game Today” by Hoop Scoop.
A New York product, Macon’s strong ties to in and around the “Big Apple” have many highly-touted prospects considering Rutgers during their recruitment process. Among the players currently on the roster from the five boroughs are Kadeem Jack, Kerwin Okoro and Mike Williams, as well as ASA College (N.Y.) product Bishop Daniels. His recruiting prowess was key in Rutgers signing its highest-rated recruiting class in school history, ranked by multiple outlets in the top 10 nationally, in 2011.
Macon served a brief stint as associate head coach at Fordham University before signing-on with the Scarlet Knights. Macon worked under head coach Tom Pecora at both Fordham and Hofstra. He joined the Pride staff in 2001-02 after spending the 2000-2001 season as an assistant at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y.
At Hofstra, Macon served as the recruiting, scheduling and scouting coordinator. He was also responsible for offensive execution and the development of the Pride’s frontcourt players.
Macon began his college coaching career in 1995 as an assistant at SUNY-Farmingdale and then moved to Adelphi for a one-year stint as an assistant, helping the Panthers to an NCAA Division II tournament berth. In June 1997, Macon moved up to the Division I ranks as an assistant at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. He helped coach the Leopards to a 19-9 overall record, which included a regular-season Patriot League championship and a spot in the Patriot League championship game.
Macon departed Lafayette to become an assistant coach at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. In his two seasons at Marist, the Red Foxes tallied a 30-26 record and advanced to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference semifinals in 1999 and received their highest tournament seed (#4) in 2000. Returning to Adelphi in July 2000, Macon was a part of a staff that led the Division II Panthers to a 31-1 record, the best in the country in any division.
Macon began his collegiate playing career at Nassau Community College. He was voted the Region XV and Region XV Tournament Most Valuable Player as he led Nassau to the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament in 1990. A team captain in 1991, he earned All-Region XV accolades on his way to graduating as Nassau’s second all-time leading scorer.
Macon was inducted into the Nassau Community College Athletics Hall of Fame in April 2012.
After graduating from Nassau, Macon went on to Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was a medical redshirt for one season (1991-92) before transferring to Southampton College. He played at Southampton for two seasons and was team captain and Most Valuable Player as a senior. Macon graduated from Southampton in 1994 with a degree in English literature.
A native of Corona, N.Y., Macon and his wife Pam have two sons, Eric and Mel.