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STLCC Celebration of Basketball Honorees

Diane Waser Leigh  
Diane Waser leigh, right, is greeted by Karen Brandt, Bob Botter and Randy Albrecht during the celebration of STLCC basketball history at the Navy and Silver Spirit doubleheader Feb. 20 at Forest Park. Waser Leigh was Meramec's first-ever female NJCAA All-American in basketball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randy Albrecht has coached at St. Louis Community College for 35 years, where he has totaled 709 victories at the junior college level. That total ranks ninth among active NJCAA coaches. Albrecht also has achieved 28 consecutive winning seasons, and was a 2006 inductee into the basketball wing of the NJCAA Hall of Fame.

Brooke Bailey attended Florissant Valley, and during the 1995-96 season, became the first Florissant Valley basketball player to be named an Academic All-American.

Bob Bottger served 21 years as the manager of athletics and physical education at STLCC-Meramec. During his tenure, Bottger was named Central District Athletic Director of the year three times by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He was inducted into the Meramec Magic Hall of Fame in 2011.

Bill Brandenburg, who attended Meramec before transferring to Regis University, is the only Meramec basketball player to be named an All-American both for his efforts on the court and in the classroom.

Karen Brandt served as secretary of Meramec’s Athletics department for 32 years, and was just the second non-athlete or coach to be inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame, in 2009.

Mike Branson was one of seven basketball All-Americans to play at Meramec, before leading Southeast Missouri State University to its only NCAA tournament appearance in 2000.

Raven Cockrell played for Meramec, and in 2011, helped lead the Magic to the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament while earning Academic All-American honors.

Christina Conley established herself as one of the premier junior college players in the nation while at Forest Park. She scored 1,200 points in her career, and led the nation in scoring as a sophomore by averaging 25.7 points per game.

Marlowe Curry played forward on the Florissant Valley men’s basketball team, and was named an NJCAA All-American during the 1999-2000 season.

Ruby Curry is the former head coach of the women’s basketball team at Florissant Valley, and was named to the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2006.

Angela Daniels served as the women’s head coach at Forest Park during the 2010-2011 season, following a four-year head coaching tenure at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Russ Dippold was a long-time figure in Forest Park athletics, first coming to the campus in 1969. Dippold served as athletic director, and is also one of the founders of the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators.

Cecil Edward served three years as head women’s basketball coach at Forest Park.

Shelly Ethridge is the current women’s head coach at STLCC. Prior to this season, Ethridge was the head coach at Meramec, where she led the Magic to the 2011 NJCAA Women’s Championship Tournament.

Kasei Evans was one of the most dominant players in Region XVI during her time at Meramec. As a sophomore during the 2010-11 season, Evans averaged 16.7 points and nine rebounds per game and was named an NJCAA All-American.

Rodney Ford was a standout performer at Meramec, and in 2009, was named an NJCAA All-American.

Carol Foreman was a valued member of the Forest Park Athletics staff, serving as department secretary.

Larry Graham served as the head men’s basketball coach at Florissant Valley for nine years, with his teams averaging 20 wins per season during his tenure.

Darren Gregory played at Meramec and graduated in 1997 as the team’s only Distinguished Academic All-American.

Herb Gross served as Forest Park’s vice president of student affairs and campus life.

Jessica Hackerson completed her basketball career at Meramec in 2005 by becoming the campus’ first-ever women’s basketball Academic All-American.

Deb Iborg currently is the athletic trainer for the Archers. She joined the Florissant Valley staff as athletic trainer in 1985.

Alex Jackson was the fifth Meramec basketball player to be named an NJCAA All-American when he was honored following the 2005-06 season.

Steven Jarvis served as Meramec women’s basketball coach from 2002-09, winning Region XVI Coach of the Year honors in 2006.

Vicki Schneider Kunza starred in women’s basketball and softball. She was inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame in 2000.

Ken Libby has served as assistant coach at STLCC since joining Meramec in 2003. Libby assisted head coach Randy Albrecht in last year’s seventh-place finish at the NJCAA Championship Tournament.

Eric Lytle concluded his career in 1992 and was the second Meramec player named an NJCAA All-American.

Melanie Marcy joined STLCC as an assistant coach at Meramec for the 2009-10 season. The squads are 49-30 in her three seasons as assistant.

Glenn Marshall served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Forest Park.

Susan Martin served as the athletic trainer at Forest park for 19 years. 

Heather McAllister became the first STLCC women’s basketball player in 27 years to be named an NJCAA All-American when she was honored following the 2005-06 season.

Joe McKenna coached women’s basketball at Florissant Valley for eight years, five as the team’s head coach.

Joseph Meives was a stalwart for the Meramec basketball team under Coach Jack Mimlitz, serving as the team leader and leading scorer. He was inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame in 2001.

Linda Meng McQueen was a three-sport athlete at Meramec, starring in field hockey, softball and basketball. McQueen was inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame in 2007.

Jack Mimlitz was Meramec’s first men’s basketball coach, establishing a program that has since become a national “player” in NJCAA Division II basketball.

Michael Moore’s career in athletics spans multiple decades and organizations. Prior to serving as the athletic director at Forest Park, Moore managed the State Games of America in St. Louis from 1999-2001.

Marvin Moorehead led the Meramec men’s basketball team to a regional championship and second-place finish in the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament in 1990, and also earned NJCAA All-American honors. He was inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Michael Moultrie starred on Meramec’s 2005-06 squad, and was named to the NJCAA All-America team.

Mesho Morrow served as assistant women’s basketball coach at Florissant Valley for two years. She has since become the girls basketball coach at McCluer South-Berkeley High School, and is also the head coach and owner of the semi-pro Arch Angels.

Jon Moss is a former women’s basketball assistant coach at Florissant Valley under head coach Joe McKenna. He currently is assistant coach at Lewis and Clark Community College.

Robert Murray was the first-ever athletic director at Meramec.

Bob Nelson coached for 25 years at Forest Park -- 19 years with the men and six years with the women’s team. Nelson’s teams went a combined 509-240, making him the winningest Forest Park basketball coach. He is a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Willy Neverls served as assistant men’s basketball coach at Forest Park, beginning in 2009, after completing his own two-year playing career at Forest Park.

Rick Newkirk is a former head women’s basketball coach at Florissant Valley.

Jared Newson played for one year at Forest Park before moving on to the University of Tennessee-Martin and the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.

Matt Pahde was Meramec’s first men’s basketball Academic All-American when he achieved the honor during the 1994-95 season.

Lea Plarski is the former athletic director at Florissant Valley and is a member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame.

Randy Reed was named NJCAA All-American in 1979 while at Forest Park. He now is the boys basketball coach at McCluer North High School and won the 2011 Class 5 State Championship.

Jamel Richardson is a former head coach of the Florissant Valley women’s basketball team.

Becky Raley Schneider played center on the Florissant Valley women’s team, and was named an NJCAA All-American for the 1994-95 season.

Katie Schupp was the first Meramec women’s basketball player to be named a Distinguished Academic All-American following the 2003-04 season.

Milton Stith is a former men’s head basketball coach at Forest Park. He also led Lewis and Clark to two Final Four appearances during his coaching tenure with the Trailblazers.

Mark Stovall earned NJCAA All-America recognition at Forest Park before playing professionally in the South America League.

Patty Sutton was an All-American in 1979 for the Meramec women’s squad.

Chris Thiele was an Academic All-American in 2004 for the Meramec men’s squad.

Preston Thomas served as the head men’s basketball coach at Forest Park from 2002-09.

Tim Tolson served as the supervisor of physical education and athletic facility support at Forest Park.

Lamont Turner played at Forest Park and was an NJCAA All-American.

Robert Wade, another standout at Forest Park, also was an NJCAA All-American.

Diane Waser Leigh was the first-ever women’s basketball player at Meramec to be named NJCAA All-American.

Jake Wilson was named Academic All-American following his 2000-01 season with Meramec.

Rosemary Woolley served as the dean of student development at Forest Park.

Al Yanko has served as assistant men’s basketball coach under Randy Albrecht for 10 seasons. Yanko has made three trips to the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament during his tenure.

Kathleen Yanko served as the assistant to the manager of athletics and physical education at Meramec from 1993 to 2003.

Jaron Young is a former women’s basketball assistant at Florissant Valley under head coach Joe McKenna. He currently is an assistant coach at Lewis and Clark Community College.

Molly Zehner earned Academic All-America honors following the 2008-09 season at Meramec. She played for two more years at Webster University.