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Retired LRSC coach inducted in NJCAA Hall of Fame


The NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced its 2016 Hall of Fame class Monday. This year's inductees include former Jefferson (Mo.) student-athlete Danielle Adams, former Kalamazoo Valley (Mich.) head coach Ronald Welch and former Lake Region State (N.D.) head coach Duane Schwab.

Originally as a student-athlete then followed by various coaching positions for an assortment of teams from, to being the head coach of the men's basketball program for two seasons till his retired in 2014, Duane Schwab's service and tenure with Lake Region State spans over 30 years.

The majority of Schwab's tenure with Lake Region State was spent as the head coach of the women's basketball team, a position he held for 25 seasons. Over that stretch, he guided the program to nine NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship appearances and finished the season with 20 or more wins 16 times.

Schwab has been recognized several times during his coaching career as a result of his success. Such awards include being named the North Dakota Female Coach of the Year in 1991-92 and Coach of the Year in 1991-92 and 2004-05 by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association. Schwab was also named Mon-Dak Conference Coach of the Year in 2013-14.
In addition, Schwab was honored by Lake Region State in 2012, as they inducted him and his 1989-90 team into the institution's hall of fame after it posted a 31-4 record and reached the NJCAA DI Women's Basketball Championship.

Aside from his coaching duties, Schwab also served as the athletic director for the Royals from 1990-2014.