2013-2014 was not only the inaugural season for women’s basketball at BPCC, but also Coach John Rennie’s first season as a head women’s basketball coach at the intercollegiate level. Coach Rennie and the BPCC women’s basketball players have high hopes for a successful second year during the 2014-2015 season.
Coach Rennie lead the Lady Cavaliers to a 9-18 record in his first season as a college coach after coaching most of the previous 20 years as an AAU coach in the Shreveport-Bossier area. His former players include many who advanced to play collegiately as well as two at the WNBA level. As a player, Coach Rennie helped lead his high school team to three state championships while earning All-State, All-District and All-City honors.
Coach Rennie is also the founder of HoopKids Basketball – an enrichment program that teaches basic basketball skills to preschoolers while further developing their gross motor skills. Operating this program has allowed him the privilege to watch hundreds of preschool children grow and develop basic coordination skills while learning about the great game of basketball.
Thoughts for the 2014-2015 season: “Our first season was a great learning experience for us while also providing a little taste of success. Qualifying for the post season as a first year program was a great accomplishment. For our second season, we are setting our sites higher. We've got a great group of ladies coming back from last year combined with some wonderful freshmen and transfers.”
Coach Rennie resides in Benton, LA with his beautiful wife, Melissa and his step-children, Caden (10) and Claire (8) Cox.
Coach Yolanda Cooper will start her second year as assistant coach with the first year women’s basketball team.
Coach Cooper has been coaching high school basketball for the past eight years in addition to coaching AAU teams during the summer.
Coach Cooper played high school basketball at Eisenhower High School in Lawton, Oklahoma where her 5A team won back to back state championships. She was an All State player in high school and continued to play at the collegiate level at Southern Nazarene University.
Coach Cooper is also an Assistant Professor in the Liberal Arts Division at BPCC.
Anna Cate Wright