The 2008 Seward County Community College athletic awards banquet will be held Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in the SCCC Green House. All of the SCCC athletes, cheerleaders, dancers, managers and trainers will be recognized and honored for their contributions to the athletic programs at Seward County. The cost of attending the banquet is $12, and all reservations must be made by Friday, April 18. Great Western Dinning is providing the meal for the banquet. Former SCCC women’s basketball player Jessica Trahan (1997-1999), who is currently the assistant women’s basketball coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College, has been named the featured speaker for the banquet.

Trahan played two seasons for the Lady Saints, helping the 1999 squad to the first-ever Region VI Tournament championship in SCCC women’s basketball history. She was a two-time NJCAA Academic All-American selection and was instrumental in the Lady Saints fifth-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament during her sophomore season.

Trahan remains in three all-time Seward County statistical record books, including fourth in career 3-point shooting percentage (.394, 63-for-160), ninth in single-season 3-point shooting percentage (.406 28-for-69) and tied for fifth in single-game 3-point field goals (6).

The former Lady Saint is excited for her opportunity to return to SCCC.

“I am extremely excited to be returning to Seward County for this year’s athletic banquet,” Trahan said. “To be a former Lady Saint and to be considered distinguished enough for this occasion, I think it speaks volumes about the character building that took place for all of us that spent time in Liberal.”

Trahan, a native of Lake Arthur, La., finished her collegiate career at Friends University (Wichita, Kan.), where she was named NAIA All-America and Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2001. She finished her collegiate career as a four-time Academic All-American.

She began her coaching career spending five seasons at the NAIA level as an assistant coach, with one season at Friends Univ. (2002) and four seasons at Southwestern College (Winfield, Kan.). She helped guide the Southwestern program to a 77-42 record during that time span, which included winning a school-record 26 wins in 2004.

The past two seasons, Trahan has served as an assistant coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky. This past season the Lady Panthers finished 14-13 overall and in sixth-place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

To make reservations for the 2008 SCCC Athletic Awards Banquet contact Ashley Lacefield (620-417-1551) in the SCCC athletic office by Friday, April 18.