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Veteran Coach Albrecht Leads Archers into Transition Period

October 31, 2011

Randy Albrecht has seen his fair share of changes in his 34 years with St. Louis Community College.

With his men’s basketball program now consolidated with STLCC’s two other campuses and based at Forest Park, Albrecht has seen plenty of change already. Add in a mostly overturned roster from a year ago, and he’ll have plenty more adjustments to make in 2011-12.

Last year may have been his best yet, as the Meramec squad finished with a program-record 29 victories. However, only four players from that group return this year. With so much transition taking place this year, Albrecht looks forward to the challenge of following last year’s showing. His teams have certainly shown the ability to respond well to previous success.

“I think that’s probably the thing we’ve been the most proud of, the consistency,” Albrecht said. “We’ve had 26 straight winning seasons. Kids like a winning tradition, they like going to winning programs.”

If Albrecht’s team is to make that 27 straight years, the Archers will need significant contributions from sophomore forward Ryun Davis (McCluer North) and sophomore guard Toraino Hellems (Oakville). Davis and Hellems led STLCC in scoring among freshmen last year, with 10 and nine points per game, respectively.

Davis also led STLCC with 5.8 rebounds per game last year, and could be counted on for similar contributions this year. Davis will be joined in the post by 6-7 freshman Charley Mueller, who averaged 13 points and four rebounds per game as a senior at Lindbergh High School.

Albrecht looks forward to his veteran players making significant strides entering their second year in his system.

“The year you improve in junior college should be between your freshman and sophomore year,” Albrecht said. “You know what college basketball is about, you know what little things in high school don’t work in college. You know what to work on. I’m hoping all those guys are improved. We should be all right experience-wise.”

Experience certainly won’t be an issue on the sidelines for the Archers. With 723 wins to his name, including 691 at the junior college level, Albrecht has built a solid program and remains as committed as ever to it.

For a team in transition, Albrecht remains the prevailing constant.

“It’s probably a good fit for me,” Albrecht said. “Since we moved to Division II, we haven’t had a losing season. As long as you’re healthy and you like what you’re doing, why do something else?”

Basketball Notes

  • The Archers open their season Tuesday (Nov. 1) at Forest Park against John Wood College. Tipoff is 7 p.m.
  • Nine of the Archers’ first 14 games will be played on the road.
  • Albrecht’s 691 junior college victories rank ninth among active coaches. Odessa College coach Dennis Helms is eighth, with 700 wins.