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Friday, January 13, 2012
Nicola Lawler
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Talladega, Alabama—Last night, the Lady Tornadoes’ team secured a landmark feat in the school’s history for their head basketball coach. Coach Romeo Lagmay is now Talladega College’s coach with the most wins for women’s basketball. The Lady Tornadoes defeated Morris College of South Carolina in Tornado Alley at home with a 76 to 51 ending score.

Senior players, Shakila Cole and Ebony Richardson, scored the most with 16 points and 12 points respectively. Junior, Bianca Thomas scored 11 points and 11 rebounds for the team. This game now ranks Coach Lagmay with 64 wins and 48 losses. Thursday’s win broke the current school record where Larry McNeil, the current Jackson State University Head Women’s Basketball Coach had 63 wins over six seasons. Coach Lagmay achieved his 64 wins within 3½ seasons with the Lady Tornadoes.

Coach Lagmay remarks of this win, “I am very thankful to my dear Lord Jesus Christ for blessing me with such accolades and allowing me to fulfill my athletic goals in my coaching career. I am also thankful for the TC administration, specifically President Billy C. Hawkins, Vice President Jacqueline Paddio, and former Athletic Director Matthew Cross, having the confidence to hire me and lead the way in returning prominence to the women’s basketball program after nearly a decade of non-existence. I’m fortunate to have a support system from the TC family, the City of Talladega, and personal family, friends and mentors. Now being the All-Time Winningest Women’s Basketball Coach in Talladega College history, I can’t be more than thankful for my current and former coaching staff members and all of the players that contributed to the hard working process of becoming the best we all can be. All of these individuals make coaching easier, enjoyable, and overall fulfilling.”

This is not the first record Coach Lagmay has broken at the College. He broke the former head coach Timothy Eatmon’s record of 21 wins in a season. Lagmay garnered 22 wins in a single season which resulted in the USCAA 2010 National Championship for the Lady Tornadoes. Lagmay’s career started in 1996 when he began as a head girls basketball coach in California at Denair Middle School. He rose in the ranks and became an NCAA Division II Men’s Coach in 2000 in Pennsylvania. He’s also had stints at West Virginia Tech, Salem International University in West Virginia and he coached the free agent division NBA Summer League from 2004-2008. At Salem, he was runner up Coach of the Year. He also won the NCAA Division II’s title as the Most Improved Team.

The Lady Tornadoes will battle Tougaloo College at home on Saturday, January 14th at 5:00 p.m. In the evening, the men’s game will begin at 7 p.m. against Tougaloo in Tornado Alley.

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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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