1999-2000 Season Outlook
George Pfeifer begins his 10th season as head coach at his alma mater.
The past nine years, Pfeifer-coached teams have played in five post-season regional championship games, earning trips to the NAIA National Championship twice.
The challenge for this seasons "new look" Warriors will be in getting 10 first-year Warrior players to quickly jell with the two lone returnees, 6-foot-10 and 6-foot-9 twin brothers, Josh and Zach Wilson. Zach started every game as a freshman and sophomore for the Warriors, except when he was injured.
The challenges of meshing so many new faces into a team might not be as large an obstacle as one might imagine when one looks at the talent recruited by Warrior coaches.
First off, seven of the 10 are junior-college and/or NCAA Division I transfers.
The lone senior on the roster, Jason Franklin, posted huge numbers at NCAA Division I University of Portland. Without question he will give the Warriors one of the top performers on the floor night in and night out.
Jared Price, also an NCAA Division I transfer (Portland State University), was an All-NWAACC and a third-team All-West Coast selection out of high school, will give the Warriors more than solid point-guard play.
Five other junior-college products will easily beef up this years Warrior lineup.
Ryan Bender, a transfer from Edmonds, Wash., CC, scored 16.7 points, grabbed 9.8 rebounds (second in the conference) and made 52 percent of his field-goal attempts.
Issac Castro, a transfer from Eastern Arizona CC, turned down two lower-level NCAA Division I offers and signed with the Warriors. He should give LCSC a power forward who can score next to the basket and behind the 3-point line.
Jeremy Jeppeson, a transfer from Salt Lake City CC, gives the Warriors, a tenacious defender.
Topping the list of freshmen the Warriors signed is Brian Meneely, a point guard from Kennewick, Wash., High School. The son of a coach, all Brian did the last two years is lead the always tough Washington state Class 4A Big Nine Conference in scoring, averaging 22.1 points per game his senior season.
Coach Pfeifer on this years team: "Right now, it is early, obviously,
however this group has the ability to be very special. The common fiber in each of our
players has been work ethic. Without question, we have individuals who have proven ability
to make baskets and make plays. Once we get everyone to figure out their role in our
system and learn how to play collectively, we should be an enjoyable team for our fans to
watch, and I know they will be equally enjoyable to coach."
Coach Pfeifer on moving into the Frontier Conference: "We have witnessed a lot of changes over the past years in regard to our conference affiliation. Without question, joining the Frontier Conference is a positive. First, it gives us stability in knowing where we are going to be in the future. Second, the Frontier Conference is progressive. With the addition of the College of Great Falls next year, we will have an eight-team conference, and there is optimism other colleges may join in the not too distant future. The fact the conference was able to obtain live television coverage is an excellent illustration of its progressive nature."
Coach Pfeifer on the Frontier Conference race: "Since we are one of the two new kids on the block (Westminster is the other), it is a little more difficult to project how the conference race will shake out. Veteran Frontier Conference coaches speak highly of Rocky Mountain as the Bears have everyone back from a team that was runner-up in the conference last year. Montana Tech, the team we played for a national berth last season, has to be a factor as they qualified for the NAIA National Tournament the last two years, but did graduate their first-team NAIA All-American center and All-Frontier Conference point guard. Carroll had a very good recruiting year, and I know numerous players Westminster signed, and they should be a factor. Montana State-Northern and Western Montana have traditionally been in the hunt, but are an unknown to me. We have a chance to be good and due to the number of new faces, we should play better as time goes on. Our challenge will be how we mesh together. Without question, we have the nucleus of talent in key positions to be a factor in this years race."
Return to Men's
Basketball home page / Return to LCSC Athletics home page
Page Manager: Mike Tatko
Revised: April 27, 2009