Atlanta – LC State Women’s Basketball Associate Head Coach Caelyn Orlandi has already had a great 2023, and it got even better on Tuesday. The former Warrior standout will be inducted in the LC State Athletics Hall of Fame in April and she helped guide this year’s team to the NAIA Round of 16, and she can now add WBCA NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year to her long list of accolades.
“This is such a great honor and so very much deserved,” Head Coach Brian Orr said. “Coach Orlandi is extremely dedicated to the coaching profession and both myself and our players are the beneficiaries of her commitment to excellence. Over the last decade as a player and now as a coach, I can’t think of anyone who has made a bigger impact on our women’s basketball program than Coach Orlandi. We are blessed to have her part of our Warrior family.”
Orlandi plays a critical role in every aspect of Warrior Women’s Basketball. The LC State leader in career assists (634) ranks in the top 10 in multiple categories from her time as a player. In her sixth season on the bench, the Coeur d’Alene native is heavily involved in the team’s recruiting operation, scouting and day-to-day operations.
“I always hear about how a great coach can change your life, but what I think fails to be said is how much your players can change your life,” Orlandi said. “I have had the opportunity to coach some wonderful and truly special players in my six years here, and the relationships we have built and what I have learned from them is what makes this job so wonderful.
“Being part of the LC State Women’s Basketball coaching staff with Brian Orr has been such a privilege and the knowledge I have gained from him is invaluable,” Orlandi added. “I am looking forward to winning more games and making more memories with the team.”
LC State finished the season with a record of 30-4 for the fourth-most wins in program history. The Warriors earned a share of the regular-season Cascade Conference Championship and won the NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship First and Second Round in Lewiston.
“I want to thank the WBCA for this award. The WBCA has done and continues to do wonderful things for the women’s basketball world, and to be honored by the association is incredibly special,” Orlandi said.