By LaVonte Young, The Daily Home
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The Talladega (Ala.) Lady Tornadoes' win on Wednesday night (Nov. 30) was an easy one, but it had been one coach Romeo Lagmay had been working on for some time.
More than just a notch in the win column, the 73-49 victory over Martin Methodist (Tenn.) meant the 100th of Lagmay's coaching career.
"I am excited ...," Lagmay said. "That is a milestone for any head coach at any level. Fortunately, I want to be in college coaching, so I did it the collegiate level at a four-year level."
Lagmay's coaching career began at NCAA Division II Salem International University in Salem, W.V., where he spent two years before earning his current role. While at Salem University, he led his team to the best turnaround record in one season and during his time at Talladega College, he led his team to a national title.
He also led his team to the single-season record in wins 22 (2009-10). He is also the all-time winningest coach at Talladega College with 79.
"I have to thank Talladega College for laying the foundation for me and giving me the opportunity to accomplish my personal goals," Lagmay said. "I am thankful for the administration here at Talladega College and the support of the athletic program. The campus and the community have been wonderful supporting the game.
"To tell you the truth it's players. The players go out there, and I coach them and instruct them. They are executing, obviously, they are not at 100 percent, but they are making me work hard for that 100th one. I was hoping to get that one earlier, but it came and it is out the way. It is not about me, it is about the players... I want to thank my assistant coaches and my staff. Them and the players make me look good. It is not only me, I have a good support system and it is awesome."
The win also ended a long road trip for the Lady Tornadoes, where they went 2-1.
The Lady Tornadoes competed in the two exhibitions games in the McNeese State Thanksgiving Tournament.
Lagmay said that TC had a chance to gain control in both of their contests, but second-half mental lapses ended up being the differences in the games.
"We contended with the top team there, McNeese State," Lagmay said. "We were in the whole game except for the last 6:16. We had a mental breakdown, and they capitalized on our breakdown. They ended up winning the game by 20. We out rebounded them and McNeese State is a very respectable top 18 team in the country on the mid major Division I.
"That was a big sign of my team's identity and what they are capable of doing. We played Savannah State the next day in the tournament in the consolation bracket. We were up with 6:16 by seven points, and we lose the game by two."
"It was another mental break down. We have the skills, the physical capability, but we are working on our mental game right now."