Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Coach Sutherland begins his 2nd season as Runnin’ Lopes head coach. In his first year as head coach, Sutherland brought the Olivet Nazarene University style of extreme uptempo basketball to LCC, with great success.
The Runnin’ Lopes style of play includes all-out pressing defense, shooting the 3-point shot at every opportunity, and attacking the rim whenever possible. The team regularly plays 15-16 players every game, with rapid 5-man substitutions throughout.
As a result, in 2013-14, the Runnin’ Lopes led the nation in made 3-point shots and steals, and finished 2nd in scoring (almost 90 points per game). Regardless of the outcome of any game, the Runnin’ Lopes play an exciting and entertaining brand of basketball.
The greatest success from 2013-14 would be that the following players are continuing their basketball careers at NCAA four-year schools: Ellie Stevens (San Jose State University); Alicia Gallagher (South Dakota School of Mines); Keva Raiford and Allison Gordon (Angelo State University); and Janay Truiett (Nyack College).
For 2014-15, the Runnin’ Lopes look to continue to play their relentless style of fast-paced basketball. With an extremely demanding schedule, including 18 road games, the Runnin’ lopes look forward to the challenge ahead. With hard work and tremendous effort, the Runnin’ Lopes hope to have another successful season.
Coach Kelsey Tague began her basketball career at McClave High School where she helped her team win three State Championships. Her team also set the record for most consecutive games won: 78.
After high school, Kelsey went to Otero Junior College and played for Taylor Wagner for one year. During that time she learned much more about the sport and her love of basketball grew.
Two years ago, she chose to go back to school and attended NPTI in Denver, CO, to become a personal trainer. Her passion in life is to help individuals with their physical health.
This year, Kelsey was asked to join the LCC coaching staff. She thoroughly enjoys being back on the court and getting the opportunity to take part in a great program.
Sarina (Scandaliato) will be the student assistant coach for the Runnin’ Lopes this season. She will obtain her associate’s degree in May 2015, and then will attend UCCS to major in athletic(s) training. As well, Sarina is also the primary assistant to LCC’s athletic(s) trainer, Lisa Mandrey.
A 2012 graduate of Tucson (AZ) Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, Sarina played four years of high school basketball for the 2A state champions. In addition, Sarina has played many years of summer travel ball with the club team Tucson Rattlers, and now coaches in their program.
Sarina’s future goal is to be a high school/college basketball coach, and she is well on her way to reaching that goal. She will be an extremely important and valuable member of the women’s basketball coaching staff this season.