Timothy LaKose, MEd

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Head Coach, Women's Basketball

Athletics Department

A three-time Coach of the Year, LaKose’s résumé sports over 20 years of collegiate head coaching experience and came to Dominican with a 369–194 career mark across all three levels of the NCAA. Nine times, LaKose’s teams won 20 or more games and have participated in 12 post-season tournaments.

After transforming a team that went 9-18 before his arrival, LaKose led the Penguins to a 13–13 mark in his first season with the Penguins. In 2015–16, the Penguins earned the fifth seed in the six-team PacWest Championships with the program's best record in the DII era. Dominican beat HPU 66–62 in the first round of the tournament, which also gave LaKose his 400th career coaching victory.

Prior to joining Dominican, LaKose spent two seasons at San Jose State University, where he was named 2011–12 WAC Coach of the Year. He led the Spartans, which had won just 13 games in the previous four seasons, to 11 wins and a bid in the WAC Basketball Tournament that season.

Before guiding the Spartans, LaKose spent 10 seasons at the helm of Cal State Bakersfield, where he compiled a 211–89 mark. His teams competed in five NCAA Division II Championship tournaments, one NCAA Division I Independent tournament and two NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Invitationals (WBI). In 2009 and in 2010, he was voted the National Division I Independent Coach of the Year.

LaKose’s first NCAA head coaching position came in 1993 at California Lutheran University. Over eight seasons, Cal Lutheran posted a 136-67 win-loss record, won five conference titles and advanced to four NCAA Division III Championship tournaments. LaKose departed as the Cal Lutheran’s winningest women's basketball coach.

LaKose graduated from Cal State Northridge in 1991 and earned his master's degree from California Lutheran University in 1995. He and his wife, Ann, reside in Marin County with their two daughters.

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