By Will Ranos/Sports Editor
and Cindy Macias/Staff Writer
In his sixth season at LBCC, men’s basketball coach Barry Barnes earned the South Coast Conference South Division Coach of the Year award for the Vikings’ success in the 2014-15 season.
The Vikings went 23-7 overall and 7-1 in the conference, which gained them first place and marked the second consecutive year LBCC has been league champions.
Barnes said, “Winning coach of the year is something I never thought would happen. Dream, it’s a dream to even be coaching and to be coach of the year.”
The coach of the year also mentioned that assistant coaches Larry Sanders and Gary Anderson have been a big plus and that they’ve contributed to the success as much as him.
The Vikings have improved while Barnes has been head coach. Since his first year as coach in 2009-10, the Vikes have gone 9-15, 15-12, 10-16, 11-16, 19-10 and 23-7.
Barnes also played two seasons at LBCC from 1982-84 and earned an All-Metro Team honorable mention.
Viking sophomores Brandon Staton and Chris Spencer earned All-State recognition with Staton also being named conference South Division Player of the Year. Spencer along with sophomore Elijah Gaines and freshman Michael Shivers received first-team All-Conference South Division honors.