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.
Alan Crouse, Assistant Softball Coach
Coach Alan Crouse coached high school softball, basketball, baseball and volleyball at Lamar High School before joining the Runnin’ Lopes. Crouse will work with hitting and outfielders.
Crouse was born in Santa Rosa, California. He lived in Indiana until his family moved to Longmont, Colorado his eighth grade year. He graduated from Niwot High School in 1977.
Crouse attended the University of Northern Colorado, graduating in 1983 with a double major in Speech Education and P.E. Coach Crouse has taught high school Special Education for 29 years, all but two years in Lamar, Colorado.
He enjoys fishing in Canada and driving his mustangs in his free time.