Lonnie Kruse has completed 30 seasons as Head Coach of the Sterling College women's basketball program. Under Kruse's direction, the Lady Warrior basketball program has had 28 straight winning seasons, and become one of the strongest women's collegiate basketball programs in the state of Kansas and in the NAIA. Kruse has been named KCAC "Coach of the Year" eleven times: 1988-89, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2007-08, 2009-10, and 2010-11.
The Lady Warriors have posted twenty 21+ win seasons, won the KCAC regular season title twelve times and qualified fifteen times for the NAIA national tournament while under Kruse's leadership. The women have also maintained a high national ranking, ending fourteen of the last seventeen seasons in the top twenty-five nationally.
During his coaching tenure, Kruse has produced 65 First Team All-Conference selections, 51 All-Conference Honorable Mention selections, ten KCAC "Freshmen of the Year", ten NAIA Honorable Mention All-America selections, two Third Team NAIA All-America, five Second Team NAIA All-America selections and one First Team NAIA All-America. Since 1989, Coach Kruse has also seen 36 different players become NAIA All-American Scholar Athletes.
Coach Kruse's win/loss record at Sterling is currently 664-197 (77%), which places him in the top ten in career victories and winning percentage among current coaches in the NAIA. Kruse is also the All-Time Winningest Women's College Basketball Coach in Kansas History.
Kruse is a 1971 graduate of Sterling College where he participated in basketball and track. Kruse graduated from Sterling as its all-time career scoring leader in men's basketball with 1,540 points. He is currently third on the SC career scoring list.
Lonnie and his wife Carol have four daughters; Lisa, Darci, Stacie and Erin. All four of Kruse's daughters played basketball for their father while attending Sterling. Lonnie is also the proud grandpa (PaPa) of eight grandchildren.
K.C. Bassett enters her fourth season as head junior varsity coach, assistant varsity coach, and recruiting coordinator for the Sterling College women's basketball program.
Before joining the coaching staff, she was a four-year starter and twice captain on Sterling College teams that finished with a combined record of 99-28 [78%], and won two conference championships and one KCAC tournament championship. Her teams made three trips to the NAIA National Tournament where they finished in the Sweet Sixteen twice and Elite Eight once.
K.C. began her playing career in 2003-2004 as KCAC Freshman of the Year and honorable mention All-Conference, and ended her senior campaign [2006-2007] as the KCAC's Player of the Year and a third-team NAIA All-American. During her Sterling career, she was named to three KCAC All-Conference First Teams and earned NAIA Academic All-American honors, twice. K.C. is Sterling College women basketball's all-time assist leader  and sixth all-time leading scorer [1,374].
In spring 2007, Katherine graduated summa cum laude and Sterling College's Outstanding Student of the Year. She received the Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Award, and was named the Sterling College Woman Athlete of Year.
Before Sterling College, K.C. attended Immaculata High School in Leavenworth, KS, where she played basketball and volleyball for four years. She is the Lady Raiders' all-time leading assist leader and third all-time leading scorer. Prior to high school, K.C. was starting point guard on a Kansas Belles AAU basketball team that finished three seasons in the elite eight at AAU national championship tournaments. During her seven year AAU career, K.C. earned Missouri Valley age-group player of the year honors, twice.
K.C. resides in Sterling and, in addition to coaching, works as an Instructor of Exercise Science for Sterling College.
B.A. in Education from Sterling College, 2007
M.S. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Emporia State University, 2010