Head Coach Dennis Eastman (231 wins,153 losses) has been the Raider women’s basketball coach for 19 seasons, returning early in the 2007-08 campaign after a two-year absence.
He has led CLC to eight state tournaments. The 2007-08 Raiders had a losing record but earned a trip to the NJCAA national tournament. During a stretch of four years ending in 2003, the Raiders had a record of 80 - 47 in basketball under Coach Eastman. His 1996 team won the first and (so-far) only national championship in basketball for Central Lakes College. He has led the Raiders to eight state tournaments. His philosophy can be boiled down to one fundamental belief: No matter what, never give up.
Coach Eastman also has been head football coach for CLC (1994-98 and 2003 and ’04). He led the Raiders to state play-offs and coached dozens of All-Division and All-Region athletes as well as an All-American. He himself was an outstanding high school athlete – North Dakota Athlete of the Year and Converse All-American in basketball. In college he was Conference Player of the Year and a two-year starting quarterback at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Dennis has also served as head softball coach at CLC, leading his teams to the national tournament in 200 and 2001.
About Raider Women's Basketball
CLC women’s basketball has a long history of excellent competition, highlighted by the 1996 national championship under Head Coach Dennis Eastman. One of the veteran mentors of the Minnesota College Athletic Association, Dennis also took the Raiders to the Elite Eight in 2008. The NJCAA Division III tournament is held in New York, and each year’s goal is to earn a piece of March Madness. Coach Eastman works with the region’s top high school graduates to form a unit that optimizes individual strengths. He molds his teams using a simple philosophy: No matter what, never give up.