Coaching changes take shape at Cape Fear Community College is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

After helping initiate Cape Fear Community College women’s basketball program in 2012, Lori Drake stepped down as head coach of the Sea Devils this week after four seasons.

Lori Drake. Photo courtesy- CFCC Athletics
Lori Drake. Photos courtesy CFCC Athletics.

Drake is the only coach in program history and finished her final day at CFCC on June 1. She went 26-6 overall this season and 16-3 in conference, advancing to the Region X Tournament finals. Four of her players from this year’s team have committed to various four-year schools after spending time playing ball at the junior college level.

Cape Fear finished 9-14 in its first season, but Drake rallied the program and improved in each of the two following years. Her career overall record as head coach of the Sea Devils was 53-28 and 29-15 in league play.

During her playing days, Drake led the UNCW women’s basketball team in scoring and rebounding her senior season.

Deppa to take over CFCC women’s soccer program

Ryan Deppa, a former JUCO player and Coach, who championed Jamestown Community College women’s soccer team to national prominence has been named the third women’s soccer head coach in Cape Fear Community College’s history. Deppa will replace Melissa Anderson, who left the Sea Devils’ program in March.

Ryan Deppa.
Ryan Deppa.

“Coach Deppa has proven he can coach at a high level, which he displayed at JCC,” said CFCC Athletic Director Robert McGee. “He epitomizes the balance we want between competition, academics, sportsmanship, spiritual and social development, and we are proud to have Deppa and his family join our program.”

Anderson resigned after finishing her second season as head coach for Cape Fear, helping the program continue their success by winning the Region 10 tournament in 2013, and finishing runner-up in 2014. The Sea Devils were 31-6-1 overall under her guidance.