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OKLAHOMA CITY - Latricia Trammell has been chosen to lead Oklahoma City University's women's basketball program as head coach.
Trammell returns to the Stars after serving as Western State (Colo.) head coach the past five seasons. Trammell was assistant coach at OCU from 2005-07.
As a head coach, Trammell has led her teams to a 170-121 record. She will attend OCU's Blue-White Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City.
"We are really excited to get a coach the caliber of Latricia Trammell," OCU athletic director Jim Abbott said. "Latricia's passion for coaching, commitment to academic success, and familiarity with OCU all make her the perfect choice to direct our women's basketball program. I know that Latricia will fit in with our existing staff well, she is a very positive person that I think our players and fans will really enjoy."
Trammell became the third winningest head coach in program history at Western State.
"I want to thank Jim Abbott for giving me the opportunity to come back home and be a part of the OCU family," Trammell said. "I am very honored to be the next head coach of such a powerhouse program. God has blessed me in numerous ways, and this is one of those blessings."
Trammell led Western State to five consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout appearances, including the championship game this past season. Trammell revived Western State, directing the Mountaineers to their first home playoff game since 1987, the first postseason victory since 1988 and the longest streak of postseason appearances since the mid-1980s.
OCU comes off winning the 2012 NAIA Division I national championship during a 35-1 season. OCU had gone 212-31 with five Sooner Athletic Conference regular-season championships and five SAC Tournament titles the past seven years under Rob Edmisson. Edmisson left to take over the Missouri Western State program.
OCU maintained its perch among the nation's top women's basketball programs with Trammell's aid. As associate head coach and recruiting coordinator from 2005-07, Trammell was instrumental in developing a contender on the conference and national levels during her tenure before accepting her first collegiate head coaching position at Western State. The OCU women's basketball program went 27-8 during her last season as assistant coach, making it to the SAC Tournament title game and second round of the NAIA Division I Tournament. During 2005-06, the Stars went 32-3, won the SAC regular-season and SAC Tournament crowns, went 18-0 in league play and made the national tournament quarterfinals.
Trammell mentored OCU's first WNBA draftee, Mariam Sy of the Washington Mystics, 10 all-conference choices, the SAC player of the year, SAC newcomer of the year and four all-Americans at Oklahoma City. During her tenure, the Stars were in the midst of an 80-game home winning streak and seven consecutive conference championships.
At Western State, Trammell had 13 all-RMAC selections, including the RMAC West Division freshman of the year and RMAC player of the year. Her teams collected 12 player of the week awards and 11 academic all-conference honors.
In Trammell's five seasons, Western State posted 65 wins. Among the Mountaineers' signature wins were over second-ranked Fort Lewis (Colo.) on Feb. 21, 2009, the program's first win against Nebraska-Kearney on Jan. 10, 2009 and a 70-66 upset of top-seeded Metro State (Colo.) in the RMAC Shootout semifinals on March 2, 2012 to get to the league tournament final.
Trammell spent three seasons on the voting committee for the USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, sponsored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She served a one-year term last season on the WBCA National Convention Advisory Group.
Trammell is a frequent clinician across the region and country, and was a part of a session at the 2011 WBCA National Convention held in Indianapolis as part of the Division I Women's Basketball Final Four. Her summer team camps at Western State have continued to grow every year, and she often volunteered with youth clinics in Gunnison, Colo., during the summer.
Prior to OCU, Trammell served as an assistant at Texas Woman's University and University of North Texas. At North Texas, she was part of a staff that coached the Eagles to the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Trammell compiled a 105-45 career coaching record at the high school level at Midwest City High School and Billy Ryan High School in Texas. At Midwest City, Okla., she led the team to two Mid-State Conference championships, a regional championship, an area championship and two appearances in the state tournament. She was The Oklahoman honorable-mention all-state coach of the year and conference coach of the year. She coached in the Jim Thorpe all-star game and the big all-city game. She finished with a 42-11 record at Midwest City.
At Billy Ryan High School, Trammell put together a 63-33 record and led the team to a regional finals appearance, an area championship, a district championship and the program's first appearance in the UIL state playoffs. She is the winningest coach in Billy Ryan High School history and earned two coach of the year honors. Her team won back-to-back academic awards and she was among the honorees in "Who's Who Among American Teachers."
During her prep career in Oklahoma, Trammell was one of the most successful high school players in state history. As a player at Seminole High School, Trammell set the state record for points in a game (46). Trammell recorded 15 games of 40 or more points and garnered all-conference, all-region and all-state recognition.
Trammell earned a bachelor of science degree in biology in 1992 from East Central University. Born in Claremore, Okla., to Edna and Bobby Trammell, she is the only daughter along with three brothers.