VSN (admin) Posted Friday September 17th, 2021 – 3:30 PM
ROCKLIN, Calif .– The search for new head coach for women’s basketball Jessup is over. After a nationwide search filled with very talented candidates, the Warriors have officially chosen Corey Laster like the man for the job, picking up a team fresh off a trip to the national tournament.
“I would like to thank the administration, Lance Von Vogt and Brandon Bowling, for the opportunity to come to Jessup and show their faith and trust in me,” Laster said upon joining the Warriors. “I am delighted not only to work with them, but also to be a part of the community as a whole.”
“Corey embodies what we are at Jessup, transformational education for the glory of God,” said the sports director Lance Von Vogt. “He’s a fantastic coach on the pitch, but his impact will be even greater off the pitch.”
Prior to taking the job here at Jessup, Laster spent the past five seasons leading the women’s basketball program at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado. The NCAA Division II program participates in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
While with the Cougars, Laster won 46 games, including a 13-game winning season in the 2018-19 campaign. The Cougars eliminated two nationally ranked opponents that season at 22nd Black Hills State University and 19th Colorado Mesa University.
Laster began coaching at his alma mater, Taylor University (NAIA). In three years at the helm of the program, Taylor went 51-31 under Laster. Laster also held assistant coaching positions at Saint Michaels (NCAA DII) and Bucknell (NCAA DI).
From 2005 to 2007, Laster was the head coach of the NCAA Division III Defiance College School in Ohio. He was also a head coach from 2010 to 2014 at the University of Colorado Springs (NCAA DII). Laster won 60 games during his four-year stint at Colorado Springs.
Von Vogt added on Laster’s experience, stating, “Coach Laster brings a wealth of successful college head coaching experience to the table as well as excellent NCAA Division I assistant coaching experience. This experience and her understanding of working at a private Christ-centered university will undoubtedly pay dividends in continuing to grow our women’s basketball program.”
As an athlete, Laster played four seasons of basketball at Taylor University, where he ended his career as one of the school’s top scorers and rebounds. Laster was added to the Taylor Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010, and he received the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.
Laster added to his excitement to come to Jessup, saying: “I am super excited. I wanted to be part of a denominational university; it fits my philosophy. Combining athletics with the possibility of having a denominational university, I think it goes hand in hand, and it not only allows me to compete on the field, but also to help mentor and develop young people.”
Last season, the Warriors won the Eastern Division of the Golden State Athletic Conference, winning an automatic bid for the NAIA National Tournament. Jessup drew Lewis-Clark State College to the Lewiston Bracket for the program’s second national championship appearance.
Continuing the success of previous years, Laster added, “It’s great to have these things to market to future Warriors, but at the same time, I think the fact that the team has had some tournament experience is going to be bold from a standpoint to have something on. what to lean on. So in many ways it’s better than trying to build this tradition from scratch.”
The GSAC schedule for the 2021-22 season will revert to its original format, eliminating the two-division format from last year. Returning opponents include Hope International, Menlo, Vanguard and reigning NAIA National Champions Westmont.
“(Laster) picks up a program where the two previous coaches did a fantastic job of making Jessup women’s basketball nationally known,” concludes Von Vogt. “We’re looking to capitalize on that and needed a coach who could ultimately do the job. Coach Laster is that guy, and we look forward to the stability he will bring to the program going forward.”
William Jessup University Golden State Athletic Women’s Basketball Conference Staff