As LCCC celebrates its 50th year anniversary, the Laramie County Community College Athletics Department continues to shine in Region IX.
The department first opened its doors in 1972, featuring a basketball program with both men’s and women’s teams and a rodeo team. After a 20-year run that included the addition of several sports, including a golf team that would win the national championship in 1992, the programs were dismantled because of budget cuts. Rodeo survived because it was not a part of the department at the time.
A decade later, the department was reintroduced with the men’s soccer team, women’s soccer team, women’s volleyball team, and the men’s basketball team all competing in Region IX of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
In 2016, the Board of Trustees voted to launch a new women’s basketball program. The team formerly known as the Lady Eagles was relaunched as the Golden Eagles.
Women’s soccer has had the most success of LCCC’s sports teams, said Jose Arenas, who serves as LCCC’s sports information director and an assistant coach for the men’s soccer team. The LCCC women have consistently contended for a national title in recent years and have won several Region IX championships, including last season.
That’s not the only team that has tasted success. The Golden Eagles volleyball team made its first ever national tournament appearance, finishing 10th in the nation last season.
The hard work and dedication of the Golden Eagle’s has not gone unnoticed. LCCC boasts a total of 19 conference titles, including 11 for women’s soccer, six for men’s soccer, and one each for men’s basketball and women’s volleyball.
Several LCCC athletes have gone on to more successful athletic accomplishments. Emi Yamamoto, who played soccer at LCCC from 2007-2008, has played in professional soccer leagues and made an appearance in the 2003 Women’s World Cup for Japan. Angel Alvaraz, a goalie for the men’s soccer team from 2017-2018, recently joined the Las Vegas Lights of the United Soccer League