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Many of our student-athletes from LCCC go on to continue their success competing at a four-year school. Below you will find a list of colleges they chose.

 

BASEBALL

  • Garrett Mullins, 2013-15, Dakota State
  • Zach Minney, 2015-16, Youngstown State
  • Ryan Danszczak, 2016-18, OSU Mansfield
  • Tyler LaGuardia, 2016-18, Walsh University
  • Gavin Taulbee, 2016-18, Hiram College
  • Jesse Barrios, 2017-19, Lake Erie College
  • Nate Bonacuse, 2017-18, OSU Mansfield

 

MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • Marvin "Chico" Coleman, 2013-15, Notre Dame College
  • Brandon Lawler, 2013-15, Holy Cross College
  • Mike Rell, 2016-18, Mansfield University (PA)
  • Dan Lott, 2017-18, Notre Dame College
  • Miles Meredith, 2017-18, Miles College (AL)
  • Jovan Jones, 2017-19, Central State
  • Thomas Hronis, 2017-19, Concordia University (MI)

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • Onyx Lopez, 2014-16, Wright State - Lake Campus
  • Hannah Oehlstrom, 2017-19, Ursuline College

 

CROSS COUNTRY

  • Hannah Cook, 2011-13, Coker University
  • Alycia Mathis, 2014-16, Lindenwood University
  • Gabrielle Post, 2017-19, Ursuline College
  • Martin Russ, 2010-12, Bluffton University
  • Marshall Farnsworth, 2013-15, Shawnee State
  • Micah Swartz,  2017-19, University of Toledo

 

VOLLEYBALL

  • Gabby Woods, 2013-15, Lake Erie College
  • Angela Dunn, 2017-19, Baldwin Wallace

News & Announcements


Where Are They Now – Gabby Woods-Reed

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April 14, 2021 – This week we catch up with Gabby Woods-Reed, a former LCCC Basketball and volleyball student-athlete! Gabby continued her volleyball career at Lake Erie College, where they had the best win record in the college’s history! 
 

 


 

Gabby Woods-Reed, Volleyball & Basketball

Years Attended:
2013-2015
Major:
Human Resources
High School:
Brookside High
Hometown:
Sheffield Lake
 

What are you up to these days? (Career/Family/Kids)

I got married in March 2020 in Cleveland, then we moved to Indiana in August. I am a portfolio manager for a credit union servicing organization based out of Cincy, OH. I get to work remotely, so that has been cool. I’m hoping to get back into coaching club volleyball.
 

Did you continue your education or playing career at a four-year college? (Where/Sport/Achievements)

I continued playing volleyball at Lake Erie College. We had the best win record in the college’s history, with over 20 wins each season. I received the 391 Award from my team, which was basically for showing up early, staying late and getting extra reps, and leading the team in work ethic.
 

What are some honors you or your team earned at LCCC (Athletically/Academically)? Records held or broken?

I received All American from the NJCAA for volleyball. Our team won regionals and came in 2nd place at Nationals, which was the first time the team qualified to go.
 

Were there any obstacles you had to overcome as an athlete or in life? (Injuries/Other)

As an athlete, you’re always dealing with injuries, it’s part of the game. As a coach, you’d think you’d be pretty safe… I tore my ACL in my first year of coaching college volleyball while completing my MBA degree. The recovery was daunting and felt like it was going so slow. After PT and extra training, I was able to get back on the court within 9 months. Today, my vertical is better than ever!
 

What are some of your favorite memories at LCCC?

Every day of volleyball practice and games. We had such a great group of talented girls and coaches. I wish I could be playing with that group still. Our trip to Minnesota for Nationals…what a crazy experience. I loved our basketball program, Coach Naples and Paul were great to play under. I also enjoyed working in the Bass Library and interacting with the community.
 

Are there teammates/coaches/professors you still keep in touch with today?

I still keep in touch with the Whitsel family, and a few other teammates. Sometimes we run into each other at indoor volleyball leagues or beach leagues. The people at LCCC were my favorite part of the experience.

 

Do you still compete in athletics or coach? Other interests/hobbies?

I compete in volleyball tournaments or leagues whenever possible. I was the Grad Assistant Coach at Lake Erie after undergrad, then coached some high school and club volleyball. Currently, I love working out with my husband and going on walks together.

What sports/activities did you compete in during your high school days?

Volleyball, basketball, and track (discus, 4×8, and open 800)
 

What advice would you give an incoming student-athlete?

Your work ethic and mentality are everything. Train your mind like you would train your body. Be the first person in the gym and the last to leave. Push yourself and your teammates to always improve. Respect your coaches and teammates. Get a planner or calendar to help manage your classes and assignments along with your athletic schedule.
 

Are you still in the area or have family here?

I am in Muncie, IN now, but all of my family is still in Lorain County. I swing by into the college every now and then when I’m home to say “Hi” to the coaches.

What is something cool or unique about you that you’d like to share?

I never thought that I would play college volleyball, let alone at a 4 year college. I came from a small town high school and didn’t have any recruiting video to send out. LCCC gave me the opportunity to play both of the sports that I loved, which in turn got me several 4 year college scouts. Beginning my education and athletic career at LCCC was one of the best choices I’ve made.
 

 

Where Are They Now? – Jasmine White

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March 24, 2021 This week we catch up with Jasmine White, a former LCCC Basketball student-athlete! Jasmine has some great advice for current student-athletes at the end of the interview! It was great catching up with her. 

 


 

Jasmine White, Basketball

Major: Business

High School: Wellington High School

Hometown: Wellington, OH 

 

What are you up to these days? (Career/Family/Kids)

I am a licensed insurance agent. 
 
 

Were there any obstacles you had to overcome as an athlete or in life? 

During my second year, I had a concussion and it was really hard for me to sit on the sidelines while my team played.
 

What are some of your favorite memories at LCCC?

The overnight trips were always fun.  Sarah Kyser, Sami Shaw, (from the LCCC Women’s Basketball team), and I played on the softball team at lc when they had one. That’s another great memory. 
 

Are there teammates/coaches/professors you still keep in touch with today?

I follow all of the girls on social media and we all comment on each other’s posts and wish each other a happy birthday. 
 

What sports/activities did you compete in during your high school days?

Softball and Basketball. 
 

Are you still in the area or have family here?

Yes. I moved cities but I still stay around Lorain/Medina County.
 

What advice would you give an incoming student-athlete?

Do all of the things you can. Go to all of the open gyms, practices, team dinners, everything. One day you’ll regret not giving it your all.
 

Where Are They Now? – Alycia Mathis

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Alycia Mathis
 
March 3, 2021 This week we catch up with Alycia Mathis, a former LCCC Women’s basketball and cross-country student-athlete. Alycia graduated from Lindenwood University and now lives in San Antonio, Texas where she coaches cross-country.

 


 

Alycia Mathis, Women’s Basketball + Cross Country 

Major: Business Administration and Entrepreneurship

High School: Elyria High School

4-Year School: Lindenwood University

Hometown: Elyria, OH 

 


 

What are you up to these days? (Career/Family/Kids)

I currently reside in San Antonio, Texas where I am a site coordinator for SA Youth at the middle school and high school levels (I teach and mentor) and coach cross country.
 

Did you continue your education or playing career at a four-year college? (Where/Sport/Achievements)

I went to Lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO on a cross country scholarship to get my bachelor’s degree. I no longer run, but I am about to embark on the journey to achieve my master’s degree in teaching and creative writing.
 

What are some honors you or your team earned at LCCC (Athletically/Academically)? Records held or broken?

Honor roll, Dean’s List, All American Athlete Award, 4th Place at the Bruce Bridgman FLCC Invitational, Age Div. 3rd place at the LCCC Penton Memorial Turkey Trot, Age Division Winner at the LCCC Santarelli Memorial Run. I also continuously beat my own personal records; started fresh in my first season (half way in the season) at a 30min 5k , ending my second season at 21:49. Fastest practice mile: 4:49, fastest race mile: 6:17 achieving my fastest race time and fastest mile in the same race after being on crutches for a week.
 

Were there any obstacles you had to overcome as an athlete or in life? (Injuries/Other)

I was a full-time student, double athlete, and working two jobs. There were many obstacles I had to overcome and the wear and tear on my body made me more susceptible to injury one of which I had to endure in my second nationals race. My obstacles taught me perseverance and endurance just as much as running 3.1 miles a race.
 

What are some of your favorite memories at LCCC?

Turkey Trot races, helping coach prepare the field for runs, student picnic days, and helping coach run summer camps.
 

Are there teammates/coaches/professors you still keep in touch with today?

I keep in touch with Coach Powers and all of my first season teammates, we don’t talk all the time, but we make it a point to check in with each other. I do however talk to Elizabeth Turza more often.

 

Do you still compete in athletics or coach? Other interests/hobbies?

I coach cross country. I love to read, write, and workout.
 

What sports/activities did you compete in during your high school days?

I ran track in high school.
 

What advice would you give an incoming student-athlete?

Rest is just as important as training and learning. Learn to balance them and listen to your body.
 

Are you still in the area or have family here?

My family still resides in Lorain County.
 

What is something cool or unique about you that you’d like to share?

I am a faith blogger and my website is Tatted Testimony.
 
 

Where Are They Now? – Sarah Kyser

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February 17, 2021 – This week we catch up with Sarah Kyser, a former LCCC Women’s Basketball student-athlete. Sarah continued her path with LCCC and now works in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation department. 

 

 


 

Sarah Kyser, Women’s Basketball

Major: Exercise Science

High School: Traverse City in MI

4-Year School: University of Akron

Hometown: Strongsville, OH (Grew up in Traverse City, MI.)

 

 


 

What are you up to these days? (Career/Family/Kids)

I work at LCCC in the HPER department, managing student workers, building supervisors, rentals and many other things. I like to workout, shoot hoops and rock climb. I love going on hikes in the Metro Parks and traveling.

 

Did you continue your education or playing career at a four-year college? 

I got my bachelors in exercise science through the partnership program at LCCC.

 

What are some honors you or your team earned at LCCC (Athletically/Academically)? Records held or broken?

I had All Team Academic Awards each year – that means I had over a 3.5 GPA.

 

Were there any obstacles you had to overcome as an athlete or in life? (Injuries/Other)

Sprained ankle at the beginning of my second season, but our trainer Bree is amazing and got me back on my feet in no time.

 

What are some of your favorite memories at LCCC?

Traveling to different states and our over night trips were always fun.

 

Are there teammates/coaches/professors you still keep in touch with today?

Sometimes I’ll send out a group message to get some girls to play, but with COVID we’re not allowed to play games. 

 

Do you still compete in athletics or coach? Other interests/hobbies?

I do not coach or compete still. Other hobbies: lifting weights, shooting hoops, rock climbing inside and outdoors, hiking and reading.

 

What sports/activities did you compete in during your high school days?

Basketball.

 

What advice would you give an incoming student-athlete?

Take advantage of the ability to play at the next level. You’ll face some hard teams, but I think it’s important to get a long with each other, practice how you want to play, train hard and work in the off season. You can’t get better unless you hold yourself accountable and set standards to grow.
 

What is something cool or unique about you that you’d like to share?

I got into rock climbing when I started working at On The Rocks Climbing Gym in Amherst. I started there when we opened in 2018. I was still in school and looking for another job and thought “hey this should be fun!” And it is! I never would’ve thought I’d be rock climbing regularly, or taking trips to different states to climb outside. It’s a new challenge, and it’s really fun.
 

Where Are They Now? – Marshall Farnsworth

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Marshall Farnsworth

February 3rd, 2021 – This week we catch up with Marshall Farnsworth, a former LCCC Cross Country student-athlete. Marshall is now the Head Track & Field Coach at Brooklyn Middle School. It was great talking with him; we are so glad he was able to continue with Track & Field and Cross Country. Thank you, Marshall, for chatting with us! 

 

Marshall Farnsworth, Cross Country

 

Major: Mathematical Sciences

4-Year School: Shawnee State University

High School: Wellington High School

Hometown: Wellington, OH

What are you up to these days? (career/family/kids) 

I just got a job as an Associate Analyst at AML RightSource.

Did you continue your education or playing career at a four-year college? 

I ran cross country for one season at Shawnee State University, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences.

What are some honors you or your team earned at LCCC?

I earned merit roll during my 2013 cross country season and I also ran under 30 minutes in the 8k.

Were there any obstacles you had to overcome as an athlete or in life? 

I suffered a foot stress fracture my sophomore year at LCCC, which took up most of my season. I was able to recover and broke personal records in the 5k and 1600 the next year.

What are some of your favorite memories at LCCC?

Breaking 30 minutes in the 8k at Regionals in 2013 (Lansing, MI).

Do you still compete in athletics or coach? Other interests/hobbies?

I am the Head Track & Field Coach at Brooklyn Middle School and I worked as the Assistant Cross Country Coach at Midview High School last season.

What sports/activities did you compete in during your high school days?

I ran cross country and track & field.

What advice would you give an incoming student-athlete?

Take advantage of it because it doesn’t last forever. You must manage how much you push yourself in order to stay healthy throughout the season.


Where Are They Now? – Dr. Mary Jo DiGiandomenico

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Dr. Mary Jo DiGiandomenico

May 29, 2020 – Dr. Mary Jo DiGiandomenico started her academic path at Lorain County Community College and has continued her path as a professor at LCCC since 1991.  While a student at LCCC, she also competed in field hockey and basketball.  We are catching up with Mary Jo today.  Thank you, Dr. MJ, for being part of our LCCC Where Are They Now? Series!

DR. MARY JO DIGIANDOMENICO, PhD, Professor, CHES, ACE Certified Health Coach

Sports at LCCC: Women’s Basketball & Field Hockey

Major: General Studies (1977-79)
Hometown:
Lorain, OH
High School:
Lorain Catholic
Four-Year School:
Slippery Rock State College (now Slippery Rock University)

What are you up to these days?

I have been a Health & Wellness and Fitness professor at Lorain CCC since September 1991.  I have three daughters, age 22 and twins age 13.

Did you continue your education or playing career at a four-year college?

I continued my education at Slippery Rock State College, now Slippery Rock University, for my B.S, Cleveland State University for my M.ED, and Kent State University for my M.ED and PhD.

What are some honors you earned at LCCC?

I honestly don’t remember any awards the team or myself earned athletically when I was there.

Dr. MJ was honored with the LCCC Foundation Faculty Excellence Award in 2015.

Why did you choose LCCC?

My parents told me I was going to LCCC, I was fine with that decision.  With 6 kids in the family, LCCC was the only choice.

What challenges (if any) did you face as a student-athlete? What lessons did you learn?

It prepared me for life through attending class, doing my homework, and working part-time.  I was accountable to myself to succeed.

What are some of your favorite memories at LCCC?

Playing athletics.

Are there teammates/coaches/professors you still keep in touch with today?

Yes, I keep in touch with a few teammates – Linda Zemenak, Paula Miller, and Leslie Portosky (maiden names).

Do you still compete in athletics or coach?

Not really, I work out 6 to 7 days a week.

What advice would you give an incoming student-athlete?

Attend class, do not look for excuses, do your homework, no one is entitled because you are an athlete – you are a student first.  Complete your assignments on time!

Are you still in the area or have family here?

Yes and my parents are still alive!

What is something cool or unique about you that you’d like to share?

I have completed 3 Tough Mudders and 3 Warrior Dashes in my 50’s and 60’s.


Where Are They Now? – Christa Wodarczyk

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Christa Wodarczyk

April 28, 2020 – We recently caught up with Christa Wodarczyk when she was named to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference All-Decade Team in Women’s Basketball and thought it might be fun to get to know the former NJCAA All-American a bit better. Thank you, Christa, for being part of our new LCCC Where Are They Now? Series!

 

CHRISTA WODARCZYK

Women’s Basketball & Softball

Major:Public Health (2008-2012)
Hometown:
Columbia Station, OH
High School:
Columbia Station
Four-Year School:
Slippery Rock University

What are you up to these days?

I am now 29 years old, working for Dealer Tire as a Carline Specialist. I’ve been with Dealer Tire for 4 years. I am engaged to my Fiancé, David whom also attended LCCC.

Did you continue your education or playing career at a four-year college?

Yes, I played Basketball at Slippery Rock University.

Award: Athlete of the week 2/11/13 Averaged 16.0 points in two games and shot 78.6 percent from the field (11-of-14) and 87.5 percent from beyond the 3-point line (7-of-8).

What are some honors you or your team earned at LCCC?

2009-2010

  • Second team All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference
  • Third team NJCAA All-America honors
  • Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Player of the Week
  • George M. Day Award Recipient

2010-2011

  • NJCAA Women’s Basketball Division III Player of the Week (1/5/11)
  • Third team NJCAA All-America honors
  • Regional appearance

Why did you choose LCCC?

I was unsure what I wanted to major in and had a scholarship to LCCC. Also, I had wanted to continue to play sports in college.

How do you think LCCC prepared you for life or for what you are currently doing?

LCCC allowed me to continue my career academically and athletically. Almost all my credits were transferrable, making it an easy transition. I think most importantly, LCCC allowed me to be debt free. After graduating from Slippery Rock, I paid off all my college loans in one year.

What challenges (if any) did you face as a student-athlete? What lessons did you learn?

My first year at Slippery Rock was rough. I was a walk-on junior college transfer and had such talented teammates and competitors. It was hard to come from being a starter to riding the bench. I had to overcome several injuries. Ice baths were my best friend and almost a daily ritual. Every day was a grind: 5am practices, 8am classes, late night study tables, and babysitting during my free time was so exhausting. I fell asleep in almost all my classes and could barely focus. I had to switch majors from exercise science to public health just to stay afloat.  I learned how to manage my time and forfeited what one would consider, “a college experience”, in order to continue playing a sport that I loved. Though challenging, I pushed myself beyond what I thought I was capable of.

What are some of your favorite memories at LCCC?

That’s a hard one. Any practice, game, or family (team) dinner was memorable. We just had a blast! My coach, Katie Street did a great job of documenting the season, so now I have a nice slideshow and binder of both seasons on and off the court.

Are there teammates/coaches/professors you still keep in touch with today?

Yes, I keep in touch with a lot of my team as well as Coach Street. We all get together from time to time.

Do you still compete in athletics or coach?

I coached JV at North Ridgeville for two years, but when I moved to Florida for a year with Dealer Tire, I had to give that up. I would like to get back into it again.

To stay active with sports, I play sand volleyball at Razzles every spring/summer and my coworkers at Dealer Tire play pickup basketball on a monthly basis.

What sports/activities did you compete in during your high school days?

Volleyball, basketball, and softball. One sport per season.

What advice would you give an incoming student-athlete?

Enjoy it! You only get so many years to play sports.

Are you still in the area or have family here?

Yes, I am actually moving to North Ridgeville in the fall.  


Where are they Now…Jackie Below

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Jackie Below

We recently caught up with former LCCC Student-Athlete and NJCAA National Champion in the 100m and 200m, Jackie Below. Jackie will be the first of our former athletes featured in our new “Where are they Now” series. Thank you, Jackie for all your contributions to LCCC and all you continue to do in Lorain County!

JACKIE BELOW
Track & Field, Women’s Basketball

Major: Business (1977-1979)
Hometown/High School: Elyria, OH/Elyria
Four-Year School: Prairie View A&M University


What are you up to these days?

I have been employed by Elyria City Schools as an Educational Transition Paraprofessional for the past 33 years. I am also the current head girls’ varsity track coach at Elyria High. A position I have held for 29 years. I have two daughters and six grandchildren. I was also a foster parent to many over the span of 10 years.

Did you continue your education or playing career at a four-year college?
I received a scholarship to continue running at Prairie View A&M University.

What are some honors you/your team earned at LCCC (athletically/academically)?
Basketball: co-captain of the basketball team
Track: NJCAA National Champion in the 100m and 200m. Earned All-American status
LCCC Deans list

Why did you choose LCCC?
I chose LCCC because I wanted to continue my education. This time period was really the infancy of women’s sports so there was not a lot of options to compete after high school so when I found out LCCC had a basketball team I knew I wanted to tryout. Track was not even on my radar until I was approached by Coach Jack Wilhelm. I thought he was joking because LCCC didn’t even have a track to practice on.

How do you think LCCC prepared you for life or for what you are currently doing?
LCCC helped me mature. At the time I did not appreciate what a great institution we had right in our own backyard. I had many great professors that not only taught academic lessons but life lessons as well.

What challenges (if any) did you face as a student-athlete? What lessons did you learn?
Being a sprinter and training without a track was definitely challenging but Coach Wilhelm would not let us use that as an excuse. He was creative with our workouts and taught us to adjust to whatever life threw at us. He was such a great motivator.

Were there any obstacles you had to overcome as an athlete or in life?
One of the biggest obstacles I had to overcome was fear. On the eve that I was to leave for Nationals Coach Wilhelm informed me that he would not be making the trip with me because his wife was gravely ill at the time and he need to be with her. Though I totally understood, I was terrified. He explained to me that his job was done. He said the training was complete and now it was up to me to dig down within myself and find the strength to finish what we worked so hard to accomplish.