MOUNT CARMEL -- Succeeding a highly successful coach at a perennial power is quite a daunting task.
That's what Wabash Valley College head women's basketball coach Jack Trosper faced this season as he replaced former coach, Luke Scheidecker, who left for an assistant opportunity at Indiana State University this summer.
To his credit, coach Trosper stepped to the plate for such a task this year for his first year coaching the Lady Warriors.
Under his tutelage the program has aspired to new heights, an undefeated regular season campaign, the first No. 1 ranking in school history and a season of thorough dominance with another GRAC Championship under their belts.
The Great Rivers Athletic Conference donned the first-year coach with Coach of the Year honors on Tuesday to recognize his team's highly successful season.
Wabash Valley (28-0) ended the year as the No. 1 team in the nation in consecutive weeks while remaining unblemished. The Lady Warriors defeated their foes this season by the tune of an average of victory of 41 points.
His team boasts a high up-tempo pace with a suffocating press and active hands defensively. It's seemed all year as if his team is having fun playing for each other and with their style of play.
Coach Trosper accredited his girls for their success this season, citing their willingness to buy into the process and their unselfishness throughout the season.
"I just want to give all the credit to how hard our ladies have worked this season," coach Trosper spoke of his girls. "This is really their award from their ability to buy in to our system and make the best of every opportunity that was presented to us. This is a special group to coach and these kind of teams don't come around all that often. It's been a pleasure to coach them this year."
His Lady Warriors will host Rend Lake College tonight to kick off the District P Tournament. With a win, Wabash Valley would advance to play on Thursday night at Rend Lake College at 5 p.m., with the possibility of playing in the championship game on Friday at 5 p.m. with a victory on Thursday night.