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The IECC Board of Trustees approved Luke Scheidecker’s return as the head coach of the Lady Warriors at Tuesday’s meeting. Scheidecker recorded a 61-5 record in 2016-18 prior to his departure to Indiana State University.

MOUNT CARMEL — It’s official, Luke Scheidecker will be returning as head coach of the Lady Warriors.

His return was finalized on Tuesday night at the Illinois Eastern Community College’s Board of Trustees meeting.

“We were blown away by the number of applicants for this position, but more importantly, the quality of coaches who showed interest in the job,” Wabash Valley College Athletic Director Mike Carpentered spoke of Scheidecker’s hiring. “Coach Scheidecker has a proven track record, on and off the court, and we couldn’t be happier with his decision to return to WVC.”

Scheidecker departed from Wabash Valley College in 2018 for an assistant coaching position at Indiana State University, but enjoyed unparalleled success at the helm of the program.

In his two years as coach Scheidecker guided the team to a 61-5 record and 35-1 Great Rivers Athletic Conference mark, including consecutive NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Tournament appearances. He was also named the GRAC and Region Coach of the Year in his final year at Wabash Valley.

Since his departure, Scheidecker served as an assistant coach with the Lady Sycamores, who went 16-44 in his two-year stint as an assistant.

“I cannot express the excitement we have to return to Wabash Valley,” Scheidecker said in a release on Wednesday. “WVC and Mount Carmel is a special place, filled with great people, outstanding support and a tremendous culture. I appreciate the opportunity from Dr. Fowler, Coach Carpenter and the IECC Board of Trustees.”

He’ll replace Lacey Shalenko, who departed Wabash Valley last month after spending one year as head coach. Shalenko continued the level of success Scheidecker instilled into the program, leading the Lady Warriors to a 30-2 record, a Midwest District Championship, and another NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Tournament appearance — albeit its cancellation due to COVID-19.

Since Scheidecker first came to Wabash Valley in 2016 the program has advanced to the national tourney each year and has recorded a 123-8 total record. Additionally, the program has a 70-game GRAC win streak, which began under Scheidecker.

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