LCC Women’s Softball Coaches
Craig Brooks, Head Softball Coach
Head coach Craig Brooks is in his twelfth season at LCC. Before beginning his coaching career, he served in the military for four years, during the Vietnam conflict. He came to Lamar Community College with twenty years of experience coaching women’s fast pitch softball. For the past twenty-six years he has coached the Pony Express summer program in the Denver metro area, leading his team to qualify for eleven national tournaments. He played a large part in the Colorado Fireworks softball Tournament which hosts 200 teams from 46 different states. Brooks was head softball coach at Horizon High School (Thornton Colo.) for seven years.
Craig Brooks took over the Lady Lopes softball program with only nine athletes. This number has exponentially grown into twenty-five competitive athletes. He begins this season with a record of 389 wins and 289 losses. The team maintains a busy schedule, playing approximately 30 games in the fall/exhibition season and 60 competitive games in the spring season.
Multiple nationally ranked athletes have earned All-American titles under Craig Brooks. Craig Brooks works very hard to place his athletes who want to play at the next level. He has actively placed forty -three players to colleges and universities including Division I, II, III and NAIA institutes.
Craig and his wife, Susan have two grown daughters, Sarah and Sam.
Brittani Richins, Assistant Softball Coach
From Tremonton, Utah, Brittani was a state champion at Bear River High School and received first team all-tournament for 2 years as a third baseman along with several honorable mention awards. During High School Brittani also played club ball at Weber State for 3 years.
Brittani attended Lamar Community College from 2009-2011 where she received multiple awards including freshman of the year in 2010. She was 2nd in the nation for batting average in 2011 with .588. In 2011 she also received first team honors and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Brittani played middle infield at Adams State University from 2011-2013. In 2013 the team took 2nd in the RMAC.
Dara Knutson graduated from Poudre High school in Wellington, Colorado, in the spring of 2012. She then went on to pursue her academics and athletics at Lamar Community College. While at Lamar, she played Women’s Fast-Pitch softball at the collegiate level for the Runnin’ Lopes from fall 2012 to spring 2014. After graduating from LCC with her Associates of Art in the spring of 2014, she then attended Black Hills State in Spearfish, South Dakota, for a semester to continue her academics and athletics. Currently, she is finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Adams State and back at LCC enjoying her first year as Assistant Softball Coach.