Lees-McRae College Athletics Director Reid Estus is proud to announce the appointment of Sebastian Wild as Head Coach of the Lady Bobcats women's basketball team. Wild served as an assistant coach of the Lady Bobcats last season.
Upon the hiring of Wild, Estus commented, "Our search committee went through the various applications and found that we really didn't have to look very far. Sebastian's credentials speak for themselves. His familiarity with the program is also a plus and I am very confident that he will and his staff will make immediate strides forward with our women's basketball program."
A native of Rostock, Germany, the 2006-07 season will be Wild's tenth season coaching, his first at the helm of an NCAA program. Wild coached numerous state championship teams in his home country as well as building a winning program from scratch at the semi-professional level in his home country. A well-respected coach overseas, Wild is considered to be one of the top developmental instructors in Germany.
"I am very excited about getting the opportunity to lead the Lady Bobcats basketball program in the future," said Wild. "I'm impressed with the college's high standards and I am looking forward to the challenge. The feedback from the team and the incoming players has been very positive. I appreciate the confidence shown in me and will thoroughly enjoy representing this great institution in a professional fashion."
The Lady Bobcats will return much of their 2005-06 roster, with the exception of two graduating players. Denise Wilson is currently playing professional basketball overseas and Laura Parker graduated in May. At the end of the 05-06 season, Parker handed the team's captaincy to senior Taukia Hughes.
Assistant Coach Matt Smith will also return the Lady Bobcats bench for a second season and continue to recruit a strong foundation for the Lady Bobcats future while assisting with day-to-day operations of the program. With the majority of the team returning and a strong recruiting class, the Lady Bobcats are anxious to get the 2006-07 started as they look to compete for a championship in the parity filled Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference.