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MEADORS TO LEAD LOWER COLUMBIA COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM
Lower Columbia College has hired a new women’s head basketball coach. Chad Meadors will take over the Lady Devil program for the 2007-2008 season, replacing Jason Hoseney who retired from coaching.
Meadors, 35, led the Stayton High School girls basketball team to the Oregon 4A championship last March. He was the Eagles head coach for five seasons. Meadors also served one season as the boys assistant coach at Stayton and also gained experience as an assistant at North Marion High, Woodburn High and Kennedy HS in Mount Angel. Meadors also served as the head baseball coach for two seasons at Woodburn.
“This is a dynamic young coach who is ready to bring his talent and desire to the college ranks”, said LCC athletic director Kirc Roland. Meadors will also serve Lower Columbia College students as an education planner with an emphasis on student persistence. “Chad impressed the selection committee with an honest desire to help students and student/athletes. He is a proven winner and his enthusiasm and preparedness won over the committee.”
“I’m excited about this great new challenge”, said Meadors. It’s a step up with plenty of added responsibility, but I feel I’m ready. I look forward to arriving on campus and meeting the players. My goal is to take this already solid program and take it to the next level.”
Meadors graduated from North Marion High School where he was a baseball player for the Huskies. He continued his baseball playing career at Chemeketa College and then Clackamas College. He then owned his own cattle ranch in Aurora, Oregon before being drawn back into education and coaching. Meadors earned his BS degree in Political Science at Western Oregon University in 2000 right before being hired to teach at Stayton High. He then took over as the Stayton Head Coach were he steadily led the Eagles to prominence, capped off by the State 4A title last winter.
Meadors teams were known to play top notch defense. Last season his Eagles led the state in fewest points allowed. Four of his players from that team are continuing on to the college level. “Chad is excited to enter the world of college recruiting himself”, according to Roland.
Meadors is the 10th head coach in the history of women’s basketball at Lower Columbia College. Hoseney completed a successful seven year stint at LCC with a record of 128-73 including a 4th place finish at the NWAACC tourney in March. “Jason did a great job coaching the Lady Devils and he will be missed”, according to Roland. “Jason has left the program in great shape and Coach Meadors should benefit from Jason’s hard work.”
LADY RED DEVIL SEASON OUTLOOK
The Lower Columbia College women's basketball team enters the 2006-07 season as an unknown entity.
The 2006-07 roster boasts 10 freshmen among the 13 players on the team and the Lady Devils will have to replace four starters from last year's squad who finished 20-10 and 8th place in the NWAACC tournament
Head coach Jason Hoseney, who enters his seventh season at the helm of the Lady Devils, is excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for this year. "This has been a fun group to work with thus far. We have lots of depth and a few new dimensions we didn't have the past few years. We have added speed and scoring ability and that will allow us to play a more up-tempo style this season."
The depth, Hoseney speaks of, is most evident at the guard spot, where six or seven players will be able to shuttle through the one, two and three positions. Returning to the fold for her sophomore season is LCC’s lone returning starter Tricia Hamilton. She played a key role last year in returning the Lady Devils to their fourth straight NWAACC appearance and has looked good in preseason scrimmages. Tricia will serve as a co-captain this season and is projected to regain her starting spot at the two guard.
“Tricia has adjusted well to the more up-tempo style we are returning to this season. The last couple of years we became more half-court oriented than I usually prefer. This year, behind Tricia’s leadership, we are again a full court basketball team both offensively and defensively,” Hoseney explains.
Returning sophomores Samantha James and Vanessa McCormick will serve along side Tricia as the other two co-captains this season.
"Sam’s improvement from her freshman year to now is phenomenal," states Hoseney. "She made a commitment to herself and her teammates to become the best basketball player she can be. She is a model player for our program, an excellent student, a committed and dedicated teammate and an even better person. I believe she is going to have an amazing season with the teammates she has surrounding her," continued Hoseney. McCormick served as a sixth starter last season and often found herself on the floor during the most crucial minutes last season. She showed flashes of her talent last season, she scored in double digits consistently, led the team in steals, and played her best basketball of the season during the NWAACC tournament. Hoseney expects Vanessa to have a breakout season. "Vanessa is going to be a premier player. She has the whole package and a tremendous basketball IQ. When she is healthy and playing hard she is as good as any player we’ve had," said Hoseney.
The Lady Devils out-of-state recruiting tradition continues this season with the addition of four players from Idaho. Katie Mckie is a 5-9 guard from New Plymouth who will play both point and off guard. Jordan Budd is 5-8 and hails from 3A state runners-up Kellogg high school. New addition Holley Weston from 4A state champion Vallivue high school, will unfortunately miss this season due to an ACL tear in the Lady Devil’s scrimmage versus Lewis & Clark. Post player Katie Garcin from Gooding HS is expected to play significant minutes at both the 4 and 5 positions.
“Katie Mckie was an excellent high school player and has looked very good in both practices and scrimmages. Katie Garcin is as tough as they get at this level and reminds of Jessica Grubb who was a two year all league player and MVP runner up. Jordan works extremely hard and comes from a tradition of winning. She will push for playing time and provides a lot of depth on the wing. Holley was just starting to really assert herself and will be a force to be reckoned with in the future of Lady Devil basketball,” Hoseney explains.
Other newcomers Kourtney and Kristina Craft from Cle Elum HS, Megan Holmes, Thorp HS, Kelsey Forrest, Mossyrock HS, Jessi Hanna, Toutle Lake HS, and Nadra Evans, from Astoria, OR and Kappa HS round out this year’s recruiting class. “We have a tremendous group of freshmen who have showed great competitiveness in the preseason. Nadra is an outstanding athlete who will fulfill a variety of roles. She is a ready-made player who is fundamentally sound and capable of having an all star freshman season. The athleticism of Jessi Hanna and the Craft twins have allowed us to push an agenda of putting pressure on our opponents on both ends of the floor. Kourtney will start at the point and has proven herself ready and able to lead this team. Kris can extend the defense with her range and is an able back up to her sister,” says Hoseney. Hoseney went on to say, "Jessi will play the role of Vanessa last season. She will be a difference maker in a lot of games. Kelsey brings state playoff experience and a winner’s attitude and work ethic. Megan has made great strides and will be a real asset with her ability to score. The development of this group will determine our success this year. I am confident they will more than rise to the challenge.”
The Lady Devil preseason schedule is a tough one including Wenatchee, Clackamas, Umpqua, Columbia Basin and Bellevue who all have placed in the NWAACC tournament in the past couple of years. “We may be young, but we are not afraid of challenges. Our preseason schedule may provide a few bumps and bruises but it will only make us stronger for league play. I am excited to get going,” Hoseney concluded.