Chris Lovell is in his first year as the Cavalier men’s basketball head coach.
Lovell comes to Bossier Parish Community College from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, TX. At Prestonwood, Lovell led a nationally recognized and ranked men's basketball program, which just won its fifth straight Texas TAPPS 5A State Championship in 2016. The Prestonwood Christian Men’s Basketball Program was recently named in the top 36 High School Basketball Programs in the country since 2010-2011 by Max Preps. While at Prestonwood, Lovell has had the fortune of coaching some of the best players in the nation, including Julius Randle of the Los Angeles Lakers. Lovell has seen his players go on to play at NCAA Division I programs like Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona, Ohio State, Florida Atlantic, Texas A&M, and at other levels of college basketball. He previously held coaching positions at Grapevine Faith High School, Trinity Christian Academy, and Briarcrest Christian School.
Previous to coaching, Lovell served as the head student pastor for Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX, and Germantown Baptist Church in Memphis, TN. Lovell also has deep local roots playing high school basketball at the former Trinity Heights Christian Academy and then college basketball at LSU-Shreveport.
Lovell graduated from LSU-S with a bachelor's degree before attaining a master's degree in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
"I'm honored and thankful to have the opportunity to be the next Head Men's Basketball Coach at Bossier Parish Community College,” says Lovell. “BPCC has always been a staple in the Bossier area and the potential for its men's basketball program is very exciting to me. I'm looking forward to creating and leading a culture of winning while recruiting the best players possible. I want to assemble a team that can win at a high level in the classroom and on the basketball court while impacting the community in a positive way! I would like to thank Dr. Bateman, John Rennie, and the Search Committee for this incredible opportunity. I am excited to get started and to bring an exciting style of basketball to Bossier Parish Community College."
Athletic Director John Rennie is ready to have Lovell on board to steer the men’s basketball program at BPCC. “We are thrilled to have Chris coming in as the next head coach of our men’s basketball program,” says Rennie. “Chris is recognized across the nation by many major college coaches as a great young coach with much passion for his players. We are confident the passion, knowledge, and relationships Chris brings will develop a successful men’s basketball program here at BPCC in which our school and community will be proud.”
The BPCC Cavaliers compete in NJCAA Division I.
Brandon Espinosa is in his first year at Bossier Parish Community College. Coach Espinosa comes to BPCC after a historic year at Ranger College in Ranger, Texas. While at Ranger Espinosa helped head coach Billy Gillispie orchestrate the biggest turnaround in college basketball history. Ranger went from 2-23 the previous year to 35-3, making the NJCAA national tournament and a Final Four appearance for the first time in the schools 90 year history. Prior to Ranger Espinosa was an assistant and player development coach with the Dallas Mavericks NBA D-League affiliate Texas Legends from 2013-2015.
Espinosa is a native of Houston, Texas. He played basketball at Dallas Christian College and graduated with a degree in business.
Taylor Wade is in his first year at Bossier Parish Community College. Coach Wade comes to BPCC from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas where he was assistant coach from 2014-2016. While at Prestonwood, Wade helped BPCC head coach Chris Lovell win the schools fourth and fifth consecutive State Championships. Wade was an important part of developing multiple players who are now playing college basketball at schools like Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and more.
Wade is from Arlington, Texas. He graduated from Baylor University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications.
Brance Davenport starts his fourth year as assistant basketball coach with Bossier Parish Community College. Brance attended Bossier Parish Community College for his freshman (2007-2008) and sophomore (2008-2009) year. During his sophomore year at BPCC Brance averaged 15.6 points a game, 6.8 rebounds and was ranked 10th in scoring in Region XIV.
After attending BPCC Brance then went on the attend LSU Shreveport where he recorded a career-high 50 points on 18-of-27 shooting, including 5-of-10 from 3-point land against Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) on February 7, 2011. His performance in the 112-88 win surpassed LSU Shreveport's school record for most points in a single game. In addition, 50 points is the most any player has scored in the NAIA that season. In his final two season with LSUS Brance averaged 13 points his junior year and 15 points his senior year, totaling 959 points in his two seasons.