LBCC Re-establishes Women’s Basketball Program

Linn-Benton Community College announced plans to re-establish its women’s basketball program starting this fall, with an emphasis on the “student” in student athlete.

The search for a coach will begin in the next few weeks. Player recruitment will begin shortly after the hire, with team play starting in the 2015-16 intercollegiate basketball season.

The recommendation to reinstate the program was presented to LBCC President Greg Hamann by the college Athletics Advisory Board, led by LBCC Athletic Director Randy Falk and Associate Dean of Student Engagement Leslie Hammond, with representation from community members, high school sports and LBCC alumni.

The decision to re-establish the program came after months of work with community members to create a program structure that fosters high completion rates among student athletes and generates significant involvement of the community in supporting the program.

“Re-establishing our women’s basketball program is a win-win for our students, our athletic program and our community, creating opportunities for student athletes and the community to engage in a program that promotes student completion as well as a positive athletic experience,” said Falk.

LBCC’s athletic programs are committed to student-athlete scholarship and completion of academic goals, with an expectation that players will accomplish a 50 percent completion rate and a high rate of transfer to four-year institutions. 

In addition, the programs are committed to providing local students an opportunity to compete and pursue their academic goals, with a requirement that 40 percent of players come from LBCC’s service district or the district of a bordering community college, and at least 80 percent from the state of Oregon.

At the end of the 2013 school year, the decision was made to end LBCC’s baseball and women’s basketball programs in response to a $2.9 million budget deficit. The baseball program was re-established in the spring of 2014, with new measurements established to guide both athletic and academic progress.

LBCC athletics continues to rely on community involvement and support of its athletics teams. Community members who have an interest in getting involved as a supporter should contact LBCC Athletic Director Randy Falk at 541-917-4245.

   

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