Corey Laster begins his fourth season as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He led the Mountain Lions to back-to-back RMAC Shootout appearances for the first time in more than a decade.
Laster has the best win percentage in program history with 55.4 percent, and has the third-most victories with 46 wins. He’s coached nine All-RMAC student-athletes in his first two seasons, one Second Team All-Academic student-athlete and has had nine student-athletes earn a spot on the RMAC Academic Honor Roll.
Laster led UCCS to a record-tying 19 victories last season. The Mountain Lions hosted the first home playoff game since 2002 and for the second time in program history.
Laster led UCCS to its first postseason appearance in six seasons and the fourth time in program history in the 2011-12 campaign. It was the first semifinal appearance since the 2001-02 season. Senior Jessica Brown became the first Mountain Lion in program history to earn a spot on the RMAC All-Tournament Team.
In his first season in charge of the Mountain Lions, Laster led the team to a 10-16 record, a 4.5-game improvement from the previous season.
Previously, Laster was an assistant for three seasons at NCAA Division I Bucknell. Prior to that, he orchestrated an eight-win turnaround as the head coach for Division III Defiance (Ohio) College, leading the Yellowjackets to a 14-11 record in 2006-07. He spent two years with the Yellowjackets.
Laster started his coaching career at his alma mater, Taylor University in Fort Wayne, Ind., as an assistant men’s basketball coach in 1999. He became the head coach of the women’s program a year later and remained in that position for three seasons. He concurrently held the posts of director of residence life, director multicultural affairs and associate dean of students.
While with the Falcons, Laster took a program that went 4-20 the season prior to his arrival and turned it into a squad that went 25-3 and a fifth-place finish in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II national tournament. He was inducted into the Taylor Athletics Hall of Fame as a student-athlete and a coach in 2011.
He left Taylor to go to NCAA Division II Saint Michael’s University in Colchester, Vt., where he served as top assistant for two seasons. There, he had a hand in every aspect of the program, including recruiting, fundraising, team conditioning and camps.
Laster earned his bachelor’s degree in counseling and psychology from Taylor in 1993. He followed that with a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Ball State University. He later earned a Certificate in Diversity Training from the National Multicultural Institute in Washington, D.C.
A native of Anderson, Ind., Laster played college basketball at Taylor, where he ended his four-year career as one of the school’s all-time leading scorers and rebounders.