starksBaton Rouge Community College Men’s Basketball Coach Byron Starks has been named the Louisiana Community College Athletic Conference (LCCAC) Coach of the Year for the 2023-2024 season. 

In his first year at BRCC, Starks and the Bears finished the season winning their last seven out of 10 games and advancing to the Region XXIII Quarterfinals. In his first season with the Bears, Starks finished with an overall record of 14-13 and 4-2 in conference play, earning them the LCCAC conference championship and an automatic bid to the playoff. The Bears won their first round game before losing a close one in the Region XXIII Quarterfinals.

Looking back at the season, Starks expressed his excitement about what the team was able to accomplish. He emphasized the importance of talking to his players about continuing to sharpen their basketball fundamentals and individually putting in extra work in the weight room and on the court workout sessions.

“It’s a lot of work that has been put in on the court and off," said Starks. “We’re glad we can enjoy the fruits of our labor.”

 “Coach Starks has done a wonderful job quickly changing the culture at BRCC in his first year here as head coach,” said BRCC Athletics Director Brock Kantrow. “He has a track record of building quality programs and bringing in some of the best talent from around the nation.”

Along with Coach Starks, six of his players were selected to the LCCAC All-Conference team with Courtney McCarthy earning first-team honors, Jarrell Love and Jaylen Streeter selected to the second-team, Dashaunte Cormier-Bellard named to the All-Defensive team, and Sheviuhn Turner and Jaiden Lee making honorable mention.

The BRCC women’s team also added a player to the LCCAC All-Conference team with J’Nyria Kelly earning first-team honors and being selected to the All-Defensive team. Kelly is coached by Paula Lee who completed her 14th season as BRCC’s Women’s Head Coach.

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