MOUNT CARMEL — For the third consecutive year, Wabash Valley College Athletic Director Mike Carpenter will be tasked with a head coaching search.
The school released word on Tuesday afternoon of its head women’s basketball coach vacancy. Word was released Wednesday morning of Wabash Valley College Head Women’s Basketball Coach Lacey Shalenko’s official departure, but did not include where she’s definitively headed. We’re told Shalenko is weighing a couple options in Florida, but the level was not stated.
“I would like to thank President Matt Fowler and Athletic Director Mike Carpenter for giving me the opportunity to lead the Lady Warrior basketball program this past season,” Shalenko said in Wednesday’s press release. “It was a phenomenal experience and one that will always remain close to my heart.”
Shalenko was hired last summer after her predecessor, Jack Trosper departed for Southern Mississippi University. Shalenko was selected as part of a national coaching search and came from Moberly Area Community College.
In her lone season coaching the Lady Warriors Shalenko enjoyed incredible success. She continued the strong tradition of the program, guiding the Lady Warriors to a 30-2 record, another NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Tournament appearance, a Great Rivers Athletic Conference Title, and the Midwest District Championship. She was also named the GRAC Coach of the Year.
There’s likely to be just one returner from last year’s group, sophomore Jazmyn Turner. The program has however inked a handful of signees to fill the void left by All-American guard Keya Patton and others.
Similarly to last year, the search figures to be conducted on a national scale, and should draw considerable interest, given the program’s tradition and track record of elevating coaches onto the Division I stage. Expect for a month to month and a half coaching search.
Through the course of the last four years, the program has posted a 123-8 mark and has advanced to the National Tournament each season. Whoever is selected as the right candidate will have high expectations.
“[We’re] very thankful for Coach Shalenko’s hard work and dedication. She accepted the job at WVC shortly after the school year began last year and did an outstanding job getting to know her players and implementing her system in a short time. We wish Lacey all the best in her future endeavors.”