Head Coach Lance Madison

 

Lance Madison became the Seahawks’ basketball coach after accepting the position offered by Lamar State College-Port Arthur Athletic Director Scott Street on Saturday, May 12, 2012.

 

Coach Madison, after five seasons at LSCPA, is now 104-54 overall as a head coach, giving him an impressive .658 win percentage.

 

Madison's teams have regularly rewritten the Seahawks record books with Houston sophomore Charles "Tre" Bennett III becoming the school's first-ever NJCAA All-American after the 2013-14 season and Colton Weisbrod setting new marks for scoring and rebounding en route to a first-team All-American nod after the 2015-2016 season.

 

Weisbrod is easily one of the greatest players to come through LSCPA. In his one season as a Seahawk, he established the all-time scoring record with 685 points in 32 games as well as the all-time rebounding mark with 346 boards. His 21.4 points per game overall is the best in school history as is his 22 double-double games.

 

Madison came to LSC-PA from Oklahoma City University where he served one year as assistant coach for the OCU Stars, members of the Sooners Athletic Conference in the NAIA Division I. During the 2011-2012 season, the Stars finished with a 12-15 record, falling to national runner-up Oklahoma Baptist University in overtime in the Sooners Conference tournament.

 

He made his way to OCU after two seasons as men’s basketball assistant coach at Hutchinson, Kan., for Steve Eck. The tradition-rich Blue Dragons finished 26-7, ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA poll, in second place in regular-season league play and in the NJCAA Region VI semifinals in 2010-11. During Madison’s first season in Hutchinson, the Blue Dragons were 27-6 with another second-place showing and semifinal finish. While there, Lance coached All-American Joe Mitchell.

 

Prior to Hutchinson, Madison spent two seasons at Cowley County, Kan. In two seasons at Cowley, Madison’s record was 60-8, including a school-record 31 victories in 2007-08. Cowley won a pair of Jayhawk Conference East championships and appeared in two Region VI championship games and was ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA. Lance coached another All-American while at Cowley County in Montrel McDonald.

 

Before Cowley, Madison was at the University of Texas-Pan American, an NCAA Division I program. During the 2006-07 season, Madison helped the Broncs improve from six wins in the previous season to 14 wins. The eight-win improvement was the biggest turnaround in the state of Texas for college basketball.

 

During 2005-06, Madison served on the coaching staff at the University of Texas at San Antonio. With with the Roadrunners, he served as the recruiting coordinator of junior-college prospects from the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. In his lone season at UTSA, Madison helped the Roadrunners qualify for the Southland Conference Tournament.

 

Prior to coaching at UTSA, Madison served three seasons as an associate head coach with Eck at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. Madison helped the Cougars post a stellar 94-9 record in his three seasons with the program. Redlands advanced to the 2004 NJCAA Division I national championship game and was ranked No. 1 in the polls.

 

During his time at Redlands, he helped the program capture a trio of Bi-State West Conference Championships along with a pair of NJCAA Tournament appearances and Region II crowns. While there, Lance coached All-Americans Taj Gray, Brandon Polk and Sylvester Mayes.

 

Madison spent five seasons at Olney Central (Ill.), an NJCAA Division I program, from 1996-2002 where he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach. The Knights posted 20 or more wins all five seasons. He also guided the softball program.

 

He began his coaching career at Vincennes (Ind.), an NJCAA Division I program, during the 1992-93 season, where he served as an assistant for Hall of Fame Coach Dan Sparks.

 

During his playing career, Madison was at Vincennes for two seasons, leading the team to an NJCAA Tournament appearance as a sophomore. He later transferred to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he was a two-year letter winner and team captain as a senior.

 


Year

Season

Conf.

League
Cumulative
Season

Cumulative
Conference

2012-13 21-11 10-9 D-I, Region XIV 21-11 10-9
2013-14 25-7 14-5 D-I, Region XIV 46-18 24-14
2014-15 19-12 10-9 D-I, Region XIV  65-30 34-23
2015-16 22-10 13-6 D-I, Region XIV  87-40 47-29
2016-17 17-13 7-12 D-I, Region XIV 104-53 54-41
             
             

 

Assistant Coach Casey Apetrei

 

Casey Apetrei is beginning his first year as assistant coach at LSCPA. He came to Port Arthur after spending three seasons at LSU-Alexandria where he served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.

 

Before LSUA he spent a year as an assistant coach at Frank Phillips Junior College (TX) where the team posted a 15-14 record, which at the time was the best in Head Coach Chris Hackett's tenure. Previously, he spent two years as a Graduate Assistant at Southern University of Baton Rouge. While at Southern, he helped Head Coach Roman Banks take a team that finished last in RPI the season before, to the 2013 SWAC Tournament Championship and the NCAA tournament. In the tournament, the #16 seed Jaguars lost to #1 ranked Gonzaga in the first round by only 6 points.

 

Prior to Southern, he spent four years as a student assistant for Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana under Head Coach Jim Yarbrough and current LSUA Head Coach Larry Cordaro.

 

In addition to his college experience, Coach Casey was also the Head Coach of the Louisiana Team Shockaz (AAU) 17U from 2010 through July 2012. In 2011, his team won the 2011 Louisiana 17U AAU State Championship Tournament. During his time with the program, Coach Casey coached and developed multiple players that went on to play college basketball; many at the NCAA Division I level.

 

Coach Casey holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Southeastern Louisiana University with a minor in Athletic Coaching and a Physical Education teaching certificate from Southern University (LA).