Corey Laster became the eighth head coach of the women's basketball program at UCCS when athletic director Stephen Kirkham selected him for the job on Aug 31, 2010.
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.
Laster followed Celia Slater (1989-95), Sandra Marbut (1995-97), Dave Murphy (1998-02), Ann DeBoe (1997-98), Marty Fletcher (2002-05), Jessika Stratton-Caldwell (2005-09), and Kirkham (2009-10) in the position.
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 2007-08. 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 ranking in the National Small College Athletic Association in 2002-03.
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.