PORT ARTHUR – Lance Madison, who led the Lamar State College-Port Arthur men’s basketball program this past season, has accepted a two-year contract extension to continue leading the Seahawks.
Madison coached his first season at LSC-PA for the 2012-13 campaign, leading the Seahawks to a 20-10 regular-season record and a berth to the NJCAA Region XIV tournament.
“Coach Madison has done an excellent job here at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, not only fielding a competitive team but also by working with the student-athletes to allow them to reach their academic goals,” said Athletic Director Scott Street. “Last semester six student-athletes achieved a 3.0 grade point average or better. He and his team have also been active in community service. He has laid a great foundation for continued success and I am pleased with his leadership of the basketball program.”
Said Coach Madison: “The first season was a success in my eyes because of the level of individual and team growth that occurred. That growth helped our program develop, the young men on the team mature, and our team improve throughout the season. I'm proud of the accomplishments we made as a team this season, and I look forward to a long and successful tenure here at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.”
During his first year at Lamar State-Port Arthur, Madison’s Seahawks set several new school records and for the first time at the college, finished with a player at the top of a national statistical category.
This past season, the Seahawks set team single-season records for total points scored, highest victory margin in a game, longest win streak, longest home win streak, best season start, best season offensive average and best free throw percentage.
Sophomore Ty Allen set a new scoring record with 541 points in 27 games, also earning the top spot in Region XIV with 345 points for the year. Allen set new school marks for double-digit games with 24, high-point games with 18, and per-game scoring average at 20.0 ppg.
Anthony Allen, the school’s first-ever 7-footer, finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation in blocked shots, knocking down 155 over the season for a 5.2 block-per-game average. The freshman’s best performance of 13 blocks also set a school mark, and he is the first Seahawk to record multiple triple-double performances in a season.
“The entire college campus community, student body, and local community of the Golden Triangle helped us develop a program with a family feel and focus,” Madison said. “It is important to develop a basketball family to entice high-caliber, high-quality recruits to our program.”
Madison came to Lamar State-Port Arthur for his first-ever head coaching job and immediately went on the recruiting road to pick up as much talent as possible with very little time to prepare. At the end of the process, he produced three sophomores who expected to sign Division I scholarships. The Hawks are returning nine freshmen from this year’s squad. Also expected to return intact is Madison’s coaching staff of Chad Kish and Anthony Anderson Jr.
“I would like to thank the administration, the college faculty and staff, the coaching and support staff, the fine Seahawks student-athletes, the Seahawks fans, and the community for supporting our program this season,” Madison said. “I would especially like to thank President Dr. Sam Monroe and Athletic Director Scott Street for the opportunity to lead the Lamar State College-Port Arthur basketball program this past year and for making a commitment to have me and my coaching staff lead the program into the future.”
Aside from the athletic prowess the Seahawks displayed this past season, the team emerged itself in academic success and civic participation. “The staff's focus on academics and a student-athlete's hard work has helped to produce a solid team grade point average,” Madison said. “I always believe that when students build positive relationships and see their effort in the classroom translate into good grades, their self-esteem rises and their production on the court also rises.”
During the season, the team took part in several community activities, including a free basketball camp for children at the Port Arthur YMCA. “We feel our community activism and commitment to academic excellence helped us to be successful on the court this season,” Madison said. “Once a junior college athlete realizes the importance of community, they learn relationship-building skills and develop a sense of pride in the program and community.”