Posted at 5 p.m., April 14, 2016

Women's basketball has new coach

'We've got a lot of work to do in a short amount of time and we're going to hit the ground running.' -Brian Ortmeier, new women's basketball coach

Savannah L. Haudenshild

New to LCCC:

Brian Ortmeier was announced as LCCC's new women's basketball coach April 12.

After a 24-year hiatus, Laramie County Community College has announced a new women’s basketball coach.

Brian Ortmeier has six seasons of college coaching experience. From 2015 to 2016, he was the head coach of Colorado Northwestern Community College where his team went 16-42 overall and 1-28 in conference play. Ortmeier previously spent one season as the Dakota State University women’s basketball assistant coach. The DSU women were 12-20 overall and 3-5 in conference play. Ortmeier also served as the women’s junior varsity coach. The JV squad was 10-2 overall and 7-0 in NAIA conference play.

Before NDSU, Ortmeier spent three seasons as the assistant varsity and JV coach at McPherson College in Kansas. He amassed a record of 18-8 with the JV squad in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and NAIA. He was also part of the Bulldogs back-to-back 14-win seasons, which rank as the second best two-year stretch in the program’s last 30 years. Six McPherson College athletes were named to the KCAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference team over his last two seasons, which set a record for a two-year stretch since the conference began handing out all-conference awards.

Ortmeier has been a part of rebuilding three basketball programs from the ground up.

“It’s exciting. It’s exciting for us and the surrounding community as well,” Ortmeier said. ”We’ve got a lot of work to do in a short amount of time and we’re going to hit the ground running.”

Ortmeier understands the problems that he will inevitably face in rebuilding the program, but he is excited to face these challenges.

“Being able to recruit in Cheyenne and the Denver areas as well and being able to go back into Nebraska to recruit,” Ortmeier said. “Like I said, it’s a great area in terms of basketball and hopefully we can get a lot of those student-athletes to the school.”

Ortmeier is a native of Dodge, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2009 and earned his master’s degree in Sports Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2010. He said he has a family in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, that he is looking forward to moving to Cheyenne as soon as possible.

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