Lionel Bacon is originally from Louisville, KY, where he attended and played basketball at the famed Ballard High School. Lionel was a standout performer for the Ballard Bruins and received a full athletic scholarship to attend and play basketball at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1986-1990. Lionel graduated from VCU in four years, as a 3 year starter, while serving as team captain for the Rams in both his junior and senior seasons. Over Lionel’s 4 years as a VCU guard he totaled 941 points, 268 rebounds, 215 assist, 212 steals and 86 3-pointers made.
With a degree in Juvenile Justice Lionel then went on to graduate school and earned a Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration. From 1994-2014 Lionel worked for the YMCA in 4 cities including Richmond VA, Cleveland OH, Houston TX, and Chesapeake VA, leaving in 2014 as the Vice President of Community Development. Lionel has a passion and has dedicated his life to making sure young men are encouraged and have guidance in reaching their fullest potential in all that they do.
In 2014 Lionel returned to VCU as the Associate Athletic Director for Development, raising money to continue the work of the VCU Athletic Department. Lionel is Married to Christina Bacon and they have three sons ages 2, 4, and 7. As of October of 2017, Lionel is currently serving as the Vice President of Philanthropy for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls.
At halftime of the Freedom Classic Festival game on January 19, 2019 between Virginia Union and Virginia State, the 3rd and 4th grade teams performed at halftime. The team is coached by Lionel Bacon and assisted by Luqman Jabber.