December 18, 2012, CRESTON, IA—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has announced as of today, Steve Tussey of Orient will be the interim head coach for the Spartans’ women’s basketball team.  Tussey succeeds Brett Gilcrist, who has been head coach for the Spartans since 2010.  Earlier this week, Gilcrist cited personal reasons for leaving in his letter of resignation.  

Tussey comes to the Spartans from Orient-Macksburg (O-M) High School where he has been the middle school and high school guidance counselor, physical education instructor, and head boys’ basketball coach.  He has been employed by the Orient-Macksburg School District since 2003.  Prior to this, Tussey taught for Perry Community Schools in Perry.

During his time coaching, Tussey has accumulated a record of 317-202.  His record coaching for O-M High School is 163-69.  As head varsity boys’ basketball coach at Woodbine High School, Tussey led his team to the state tournament two years in a row—1995 and 1996.  In 2011, Tussey was honored as a member of the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association 300 Win Club.  

“We are really pleased and fortunate to have Coach Tussey come on board with such short notice,” Bill Krejci, SWCC athletic director stated.  “To have a quality coach like Steve is such a bonus for us.  He met with the girls and I know it’s going to be a smooth transition.”  

Tussey has his master of science in education—guidance and counseling from Northwest Missouri State University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and an associate’s degree from Southwestern Community College.