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Leonard Epps   |   Athletic Director

Alma Mater: Eastern Kentucky

E-mail: lepps@yellowstonechristian.edu

Office Phone: 406-656-9950

Athletic Department: Leonard Epps

Coach Epps will be entering his third year as Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball coach at Yellowstone Christian College.

2014-2015

In his first year of duties, Coach Epps was responsible for recruiting, scheduling, fundraising, and all aspects of structuring the athletics program at YCC.

In Coach Epps's first year, he was able to guide the program into the highly-respected National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). It is with this accomplishment that YCC gained national recognition. YCC was granted provisional status for year one to compete in the NCCAA Division I level of the West Coast Region. Coach Epps was able to use his tight recruiting ties to assemble the first recruiting class in school history that was made up of 23 players from an amazing 5 countries and 8 states that included Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Alaska, Texas, Washington, Brazil, Africa, Chile, Germany, and Serbia.

2015-2016

Coach Epps led his young first year bunch into the programs inaugural season with all freshman and one junior. The season started slow playing against NAIA powerhouse programs. The schedule consisted of 13 NAIA opponents, some of which were nationally ranked. After starting the year going 2-13 the young group found their legs after the Christmas break winning all but one game in the second half of the year. Finishing the regular season 13-14 was a huge mark. The Team was invited to compete In the Christian College National Invitational (CCNIT) held in Indiana. Finishing sixth out of eight teams invited was a huge accomplishment picking up the school's first post-season win in history while beating their first NAIA opponent. The Centurions finished the year with a record of 14-16.


Awards for the season are as follows:

-West Coast Region Coach of the Year Finalist
-2 players named to All West Coast Region First Team
-Player selected as West Coast Region New Comer of the year
-Player selected as West Coast Region Player of the year
-Finished 1
st in West Coast Region

Graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in the fall of 2011. Prior to finishing his degree, Coach Epps spent three
seasons playing at York College (Nebraska) where he was a two-year starter and captain. In his final season, he
was a part of a NCCAA semi-finalist team. During that season he posted averages of 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists with season
highs of 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. After a successful collegiate playing career, he was then chosen to be a part of
Christian-based basketball traveling team “News Release Basketball”. While taking part in two different years of
touring Europe in the country of Germany, he had the opportunity to spread the Gospel and bring kids closer to the
Lord. While being abroad, an opportunity to play in one of the host cities Loerrach was offered to him as he played
for the local team CVJM Loerrach where he lead the team and league in scoring with 24 points per game. Coach Epps got his coaching start at York College as an assistant on a team that was ranked nationally Top 25 of the NAIA and finished in the conference finals. He then went on to be the Head Coach of two youth programs in Germany.

”Once I received the news that I would be the Head Coach of YCC I literally jumped for joy. This has been a lifetime dream of
mine to become the head coach of a collegiate program and being able to build from the ground up with YCC is a blessing.
Someone told me that I was very lucky to have this opportunity and I responded with 'Christians don't believe in luck we
believe in being blessed' and I truly feel that this is all a part of God's plan and I will continue to walk by faith. There is a lot
of potential of the things we can do here at YCC and I'm just excited to be apart of it all.”

Coach Epps resides in Billings with wife Rabea, and daughter Malia (3) and son Jayden (1).