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College athletics: BPCC releases statement on restructuring of athletic department

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Bossier Parish Community College has restructured its athletic department, eliminating women’s basketball, track and field, and men’s cross country.

The two-year college has released the following statement regarding the restructuring.

“Recently, Bossier Parish Community College made the decision to no longer offer Women’s Basketball in addition to Track and Field beginning the Fall 2022 semester. A difficult decision such as this was made after careful consideration of the future of BPCC Athletics as a whole. BPCC wishes to thank Interim Head Women’s Basketball Coach Stephanie Williams for her service to our athletes and to BPCC, and we wish her the best in her future coaching endeavors.”

BPCC started its women’s basketball program in 2013 with John Rennie as head coach. Rennie later became the school’s athletic director before stepping down last year.

Brenda Nichols was the head coach for three seasons from 2018-19 to 2020-21. The 2019-20 season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

Stephanie Williams served as head coach this past season, guiding the team to a 15-14 record. BPCC finished seventh in the NJCAA’s Division I Region XIV with an 8-10 mark.

Track and field was added in 2019 with Parkway cross country and girls track and field head coach Kent Falting leading the program. Falting also started the cross country program.

Former Benton boys head coach Scott Carroway was named the BPCC head track and field coach in February of 2020 with former Benton girls coach Barry Plunkett as his assistant.

BPCC competed in the Texas-Tyler Icebreaker meet Saturday. The team also competed in the Mississippi College Season Opener March 5.

According to the BPCC sports website, the school still offers men’s college basketball, baseball, softball and and women’s cross country.

The softball and baseball complex has recently undergone extensive renovations, including the addition of field lighting.

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