Posts from July, 2015

EWC announces basketball assistant coaches

Eastern Wyoming College Athletic Director Tom Andersen has announced the selection of assistant coaches for the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball seasons.  Women’s assistant coach will be Lizette Heredia.  Men’s assistant coach will be Jason Bivens.

Heredia played for Coach Andersen for two seasons.  She is recovering from a knee injury and was unable to continue playing at the next level at this time.  “I am pleased to have Lizette join the coaching staff.  She has a great feel for the game and was like a coach for us on the floor.  She will be a great asset on the bench.  This will also give her the opportunity to get healthy so she can then move on with her career,” shared Andersen.

“I was honored to be asked by Coach Andersen to join his team.  As a former player, I understand how he likes to run his program so I hope to be helpful,” shared Heredia.  “I am also looking forward to the experience of coaching players who are close to my own age.”

Heredia will also have additional duties in the residence halls at the college.

EWC men’s coach Neal Sherbeyn is also looking forward to a great season.  “I appreciate Jason being able to come on board with me.  He brings a lot of knowledge to the table and a tremendous work ethic to the program.  Jason also has excitement for the players and wants to see them succeed.  I know he will be a great asset and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Assistant coach Bivens was a former collegiate athlete and has a tremendous amount of coaching experience.

“I love coaching,” shared Bivens.  “This is a great opportunity and I look forward to helping the young men become successful student-athletes.  I actually began coaching basketball when I was 18 in my Dad’s youth program.”

Andersen added, “As athletic director I’m very excited in the naming of these assistant coaches.  They both bring a lot of energy and excitement to the respective programs.  I know our fans will enjoy the energy, desire, and work ethic of these coaches as it transcends to our student-athletes.  Our fall kickoff and promotional nights are in the planning and we look forward to providing our fan base with a great product.”

EWC Workforce Development to offer CPR and First Aid classes

The Workforce Development office at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington is offering a CPR/Basic Life Support class on Tuesday August 11 from 5:30-9:30 pm. This class will be held in the Community Training Center on the main campus in Torrington and will cost $45.

This course is designed for medical personnel for initial or renewal of certification.

The CPR/First Aid class will be held on Wednesday August 12 from 5:00 -9:00 pm. This class will also be held in the Community Training Center and will cost $45. Participants will be certified in both CPR and First Aid by the American Heart Association. Teachers, coaches, early childhood providers and all are welcome.

To register for these classes, contact Donna White at EWC Workforce Development/Community Education office at 307.532.8323.

Eastern Wyoming College student athletes receive awards

NJCAA headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO has released the names of the 2014-2015 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards and All Academic Teams.  Over 1,900 student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors.

The requirements for these NJCAA achievement awards are as follows:

Exemplary Academic Achievement for a grade point average of 3.60 to 3.79 on a 4.00 scale.

Eastern Wyoming College student-athletes Kara Babola, women’s basketball, Austin, Texas, Shelby Burroughs, Yoder, WY volleyball and Nelson Kahler, Noosa Heads, New Zealand, men’s basketball received the Exemplary Academic Achievement award.

Student Athletes that were recognized for Academic All-Region were: Volleyball, Jesselyn Burroughs, Yoder, WY; Shelby Burroughs; Adele Cass, Hereford, CO; Brittaney O’Kief, Woodlake, NE; McKayla Peterson, Gillette, WY; Nicole Smith, Morrill, NE; Women’s basketball; Kara Babola; Lizette Heredia, El Paso, TX; Joanna Perez, El Paso, TX; Men’s Basketball, Nelson Kahler; Golf, Aaron Nirider, Riverton, WY and Blake Wisroth, Torrington, WY.

Students must have at least two consecutive full-time semesters with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher to earn Academic All-Region honors.

“We are extremely proud of the academic success of our student-athletes at EWC.  This not only shows the dedication of the students but the great efforts of our faculty and staff.  These are all athletes with which we can be very proud” said Tom Andersen, Interim Athletic Director.

Public Service Announcement

Eastern Wyoming College announces the Fitness Center will be closed from July 20 through July 24 for cleaning.

EWC names Sherbeyn Men’s Basketball Coach

Neal SherbeynEastern Wyoming College has announced the appointment of Neal Sherbeyn as the interim head men’s basketball coach and Director of the Fitness Center.  He has most recently served as the assistant coach of the EWC women’s basketball team under Coach Tom Andersen.

“I am very excited.  It has always been a goal of mine to be a head coach at the college level,” shared Coach Sherbeyn.  “This is also a bittersweet situation as I have really enjoyed getting to know the ladies from the Southeast Cyclones.  They have been great to work with and I appreciate the trust they put in me.  This is an opportunity I just can’t let pass by and is a great move for me and my family.”

Sherbeyn went on to add, “This community has been so welcoming to me and my family and I have appreciated the opportunity to be involved in youth activities.

This appointment follows the resignation of Casey Jones who coached the Lancers since 2007.

“I have a lot of respect for Casey and am honored to take over a program that he has built.  I wish him the best of luck.  Good things will happen for him because he is a good person,” added Sherbeyn.

“I also want to give a special thanks to Coach Andersen, Rex Cogdill and Dr. Patterson.  They have given me a great opportunity here and I am looking forward to continuing to work with Coach Andersen as the newly appointed interim athletic director.  You can search all your life to meet a guy like him and I am very fortunate to work with him,” said Sherbeyn.

EWC Interim AD Tom Andersen added the following, “I appreciate all that Coach Jones has accomplished as the men’s basketball coach during his tenure at EWC.  We are excited to appoint Neal as the interim men’s basketball coach.  He brings a great deal of experience in the fitness area as well as his experience as a college and professional athlete.  His enthusiasm, personality and work ethic make him a tremendous asset to the Lancer Athletic department.  I look forward to working with him as a head coach.”

Sherbeyn earned his B.S. in Kinesiology from Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison in 1994.  He has served as an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at LaSalle-Peru High School in Peru, IL, and as an Assistant Football Coach at the same school.  He was an Exercise Specialist at Ottawa Regional Hospital and Healthcare Center for six years.  He has certifications from the American Heart Association and the American Council on Exercise Certification.

EWC Announces Interim Athletic Director

Tom AndersonEastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that Tom Andersen has been appointed as the interim athletic director for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Andersen has worked at EWC since 2007 as the head coach of the women’s basketball team.  He will remain the head coach and take on the role of athletic director.

“I am excited to accept the appointment of athletic director at EWC,” shared Coach Andersen.  “I am looking forward to continuing to move our teams to a higher level and to expand and build on past success and to be competitive not only within Region IX and the Central Rocky Mountain Region but nationally as well.  We want teams that are exciting for our fans to watch and teams that they are proud to support.  I want to uphold the integrity of Lancer athletics.”

Longtime men’s basketball coach Casey Jones has announced his resignation.  Jones has led the men’s program since 2007.  College officials are currently working on naming a replacement.

“This has been such a tough decision for me over the last couple months and even over the last year, but a decision had to be made!  My love and pride for EWC was put up against my love and pride for my family and my new role at home and in life,” shared Coach Jones.  “I feel like my family, the most important people in my life, now need my evenings and weekends and a majority of my time.

I am so appreciative that EWC has allowed me to coach basketball and golf and teach classes over the past eight years.  My interaction with everyone at EWC, in the community of Torrington and especially the 100s of student-athletes will never be forgotten, and something of which I am very proud.”

Jones added, “My final decision became much easier over the last month as the college has made some very brave decisions in the athletic department. Now I feel like the programs will be very safe and able to move on in a very competitive direction keeping in mind that it’s all about the student-athlete and their success as a college student.  It is a great time to have a new coach take over.  The program has eight returners and we have recruited very good freshman to help them out! I know the future will be bright at EWC and I will miss it very much!”

“Losing Casey Jones as our head men’s basketball coach was disheartening. Unfortunately he felt that he had to choose between the demands of his job and his obligations as a father.  His family won out.  How could they not,” added Dr. Rick Patterson, EWC President.  “However, I’m excited with the direction that EWC’s athletic department is headed.  Building on the momentum and some positive changes started last year, I know Coach Andersen will continue the progress and I look forward to his leadership.”

EWC to hold Registration Events

Eastern Wyoming College has announced that two registration events will be held at the Douglas campus in Douglas, WY on July 14, and July 30.  Students will meet with an advisor and register for the Fall 2015 semester.

Students will have the opportunity to begin with COMPASS placement exams, if needed.  This placement exam is used to ensure placement into the appropriate English, reading and math courses.  There is a fee of $15 for these computer-based exams.  Students should bring a calculator for the mathematics portion of the test.

Information about financial aid and scholarships will be available.

Students are encouraged to call ahead and schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment call 307.358.5622.