David Strong

Assistant Coach
9th Season at JCCC

Dave Strong returns for his ninth season on the Johnson County coaching staff after serving three seasons as an assistant coach at Penn Valley Community College.

“Dave was highly recommended from some very good basketball people in our community,” said head coach Ben Conrad when he hired Strong. “He is eager to learn our system and has a tremendous passion for the game. We are excited to have him on board.”

In his eight years on staff, the Lady Cavaliers program has won 91 percent of its games (257-26), won five conference titles, qualified for four NJCAA National Tournaments with three top five finishes, including a national championship in 2015 and runner-up finish in 2017. The program has also produced 11 NJCAA All-Americans, nine WBCA All-Americans, 30 All-Region VI performers, 28 All-East Jayhawk Conference selections, three conference MVPs, one conference defensive player of the year, six national All-Tournament picks, and one national tournament MVP.

Last year, Johnson County finished 25-8 and ranked 11th in the final NJCAA D-II Poll, however the team’s string of 30-win seasons was snapped at eight. The team also tied for second in the conference and reached the Region VI championship game, falling to No. 3 ranked Highland. Four different players earned postseason recognition. Tristen McFeders, Cerena Reeves and Kylee Williams were selected all conference, and McFeders was voted the defensive player of the year. McFeders and Reeves also were All-Region VI picks, along with Paige Elston.

The 2016-17 team finished 33-3, ranked third in the final national poll, won conference and region titles, and finished runner-up at the 2017 NJCAA D-II Tournament. The season also saw four players earn all-conference and All-Region VI, and Austin Richardson was selected the league’s MVP and earned first-team NJCAA All-America honors. The program also extended its string of 30-win seasons to a NJCAA record eight straight years.

In 2015-16, Conrad’s Lady Cavaliers held the No. 1 ranking in all 12 of the NJCAA regular season polls, and completed an unblemished 30-0 record during the regular season. They went on to finish 31-1 and ranked third in the final national poll.

In 2014-15, Johnson County reached 30 wins for a record sixth straight season, setting a new record with 34 victories. The team’s 34th win was a 66-64 win over Parkland to win the 2015 NJCAA Division II National Championship. The team was ranked in the top 10 in all 13 polls, including spending seven weeks at No. 1. The season also saw Nieka Wheeler earn NJCAA and WBCA All-America honors, and win the national tournament MVP award, a first in team history.

In 2013-14, JCCC reached 30 wins (30-2) for a fifth straight season, a first in Kansas Jayhawk Conference history. the team also won its third straight conference title, and finshed the year ranked second in the final NJCAA Coaches Poll. He also coached five all-conference performers, including the EJC Freshman of the Year and MVP. JCCC also produced five All-Region VI selections, two NJCAA All-American and two WBCA All-Americans.

In 2012-13, JCCC posted its fourth straight 30-win season (30-2) while capturing a second straight East Jayhawk Conference title, a first in team history. The team was also ranked in the top three nationally in 13 regular season polls, including seven weeks at No. 1. He also coached two NJCAA and NFCA All-Americans, four all-region and three all-conference performers, including the first player to be named conference MVP in DaShawn Hardin. In 2012-13, JCCC had the third highest scoring offense in the KJCCC (74.4) and not only led the conference, but NJCAA D-II, with a 41.5 per game defensive average. That also shattered the school record mark of 44.3 set a year earlier.

In 2011-12, JCCC posted its third straight 30-win campaign (32-3) and the team’s .914 winning percentage set a new school record. Also that year, the Lady Cavaliers opened the season ranked fourth and on Dec. 7 took over the No. 1 spot nationally, and remained number one the rest of the season, a span of 13 straight weeks. The Lady Cavaliers won a record 29 regular season wins on their way to a perfect 18-0 mark in the East Jayhawk Conference and team’s first championship since 1990. JCCC also led the nation holding opponents to school record 44.3 points per game.

In 2010-11, Strong helped JCCC to a school record 32 wins, Region VI and District titles, a berth to the NJCAA Division II Tournament and a fifth-place national finish. The season also saw the team earn its first regular season No. 1 ranking, which they held for 10 weeks. The team also ranked No. 1 nationally in defense, holding opponents to a school record 45.0 points per game.

Individually, he has helped coach eight NJCAA All-Americans, seven WBCA State Farm All-American, one NJCAA All-Tournament selection, 17 All-Region VI picks and 14 All-East Jayhawk Conference performers.

While with the Lady Scouts program, Strong helped head coach Jeff Atkins and Penn Valley to a 52-41 (.586) mark in three campaigns, including two 20 win seasons and two NJCAA Tournament appearances. He also coached one NJCAA All-American and one NJCAA All-Tournament selection.

In 2007-08, his first season with the Penn Valley, Strong was part of a staff that inherited a program that went 10-20 the previous season. That first year, Penn Valley posted a 23-10 record and finished eighth in the NJCAA Division II Tournament.

His second season, the Lady Scouts struggled early, but rebounded to win region and district titles and advance to the NJCAA D-II Tournament. Penn Valley finished the year tied for 12th with a 15-18 record. His third season, Penn Valley posted a 20-10 mark, but fell short in their region playoffs.

Strong began his coaching career in 1992, volunteering with Central, Southwest and Lincoln Prep’s varsity girls programs. He also helped the preseason workouts with Penn Valley’s women’s program, coached by current Scouts men’s coach Marcus Harvey.

In 1995, Strong began to work with Lincoln Prep. Each year the program got stronger as the girls developed their skills under the tutelage of head coach Manfred Sasser and Strong. Their hard work culminated in Lincoln Prep’s first state quarter final appearance in 1999.

In 2000, Strong took over as the assistant at Lincoln Prep, and the program became a perennial powerhouse in the Interscholastic League. In 2002 and 2003, they lost the District semifinals to two-time state champion Notre Dame Sion.

Also in 2000, Strong began to work with Atkins with the KC Lady Dream Team, an AAU regional powerhouse and national tournament elite program until it disbanded in 2005. In 2006, Strong joined the MV Eclipse program headed by Joe Erksine, as a fundamentals coach.

In the 2003-04 season, Strong and Atkins were united in the high school ranks as Atkins took over the head coaching duties at Lincoln Prep. In four years together, the program had two district finals, a second-place finish and a quarterfinal appearance.