By Kendall Rainer
Lindsay Deline is ready for his new adventure as an assistant women’s basketball coach at South Plains College.
Coach Deline, a recent graduate from the University of Tulsa, is joining Cayla Petree and Julio Pacheco on the bench this season.
Coach Deline spent a semester as an intern for the women’s basketball team at the University of Tulsa. He also played as a guard for one season on the men’s basketball team at Tulsa.
Coach Deline grew up in Midwest City, Oklahoma, where he attended Carl Albert High School for his freshman year. He then graduated from Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City.
Coach Deline went on to attend Fort Scott Community College in southeast Kansas, before transferring to Rose State College. He graduated from Tulsa in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Developmental Enterprise.
Coach Deline is joining a program that went deep into the NJCAA National Championship tournament in the 2018-2019 season. He said he is hoping to get the team back to that point and hopefully beyond to win a national championship.
“We just want to take one day at a time,” Coach Deline added. “Work each day as hard as we can and win each game as they come.”
Coach Deline is looking forward to helping where he can in his new role as an assistant coach.
“Being humble and doing what I can to help the team,” Coach Deline continued. “If that’s rebounding for the day, then rebounding. If I need to sweep the floors, then I’ll sweep the floors the best I can.”
Coach Deline said his favorite thing about coaching is being able to see the players develop and see the smile on their faces after they know they’ve gotten better.
“It means they trust me, I trust that they trust me,” said Coach Deline. “It feels good to be able to help somebody get to the next level of their skill development.”
Coach Deline was referred to Coach Petree by one of his former coaches at Tulsa. He said he was drawn to SPC because he had heard a lot of great things about Coach Petree.
Coach Deline said that he is very excited to be at SPC and is hoping for a great season.
“Everybody that I’ve run into has been great,” Coach Deline added. “I appreciate the hospitality and hope to see everybody at the games.”