WVC’s Shalenko Steps Down as Lady Warriors Coach

Jul 13, 2020

Wabash Valley College Athletic Director Mike Carpenter announced the resignation of WVC women’s basketball Head Coach Lacey Shalenko on Wednesday morning. Shalenko is pursuing a position in Florida.  

Shalenko was the head coach of the Lady Warriors for just one season and guided WVC to a 30-2 record and a perfect 18-0 GRAC record. The 2020 Lady Warriors won the Region 24 women’s basketball championship and advanced to the NJCAA Division I women’s basketball tournament, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Shalenko’s Lady Warrior team graduated all eight of their sophomore players, and seven of those players signed on with NCAA Division I Schools.

When reached for comment, Shalenko said, “I would like to thank President Matt Fowler and Athletic Director Mike Carpenter for giving me the opportunity to lead the Lady Warrior basketball program this past season. It was a phenomenal experience and one that will always remain close to my heart.”

WVC Athletic Director Mike Carpenter commented that WVC is “very thankful for Coach Shalenko’s hard work and dedication. She accepted the job at WVC shortly after the school year began last year and did an outstanding job getting to know her players and implementing her system in a short time. We wish Lacey all the best in her future endeavors.”

A national search is underway to replace Shalenko. This will be the fourth coach in the last five seasons to lead the Lady Warriors. During that 4-year span, the Lady Warriors have a remarkable record of 123-8 and have advanced to the NJCAA national tournament each season. Their four straight Region 24 titles include a 70 game GRAC win streak.