Team Highlights Under Scherr-Wells:
2012-13 CCAC Regular Season Championship
2012-13 CCAC Tournament Championship
2012-13 NAIA Championship Sweet 16
No. 8 National Ranking in 2012-13
In addition to being named CCAC Coach of the Year by her conference peers, Scherr-Wells was named the 2013 WBCA NAIA Region 4 Coach of the Year and a finalist for the WBCA's National Coach of the Year award, garnering national recognition for guiding her team to the national stage for the first time.
Signs of a successful 2012-13 season were apparent in Scherr-Wells' second season with the team, as the Lakers posted a 15-16 record, including a pair of victories over NAIA Division II Top 10 programs. The Lakers bested then-#10 St. Ambrose, 79-75, on Nov. 27 and then two weeks later topped then-#10 Grace, 81-71. For the second straight year, Roosevelt boasted there All-CCAC honorees with Davis earning All-CCAC First Team accolades, while teammates Maria Tamburrino and Towles were selected to the All-CCAC Second Team.
Scherr-Wells was already a part of the Roosevelt family when she was hired as head coach. The former assistant women's basketball coach at Portland State and administrative assistant at Michigan, Scherr-Wells was plucked from the Admissions Office where she was serving as an admissions counselor.
A native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., and a 2001 graduate from the University of Michigan, Scherr-Wells has always had a passion for the game of basketball. She played on the No. 2 team in the nation in 1995 as a member of the AAU Illinois Hustle and went on to Michigan where she joined the women's basketball team. With the Wolverines, Scherr-Wells started as a manager/practice player as a freshman and eventually earned an athletic scholarship her sophomore season for her role in that capacity for the squad.
Marty Scherr is in his third season with the Roosevelt women's basketball team, aiding the squad as a volunteer assistant coach.
Scherr brings a wealth of experience to the sidelines for the Lakers having coached women's basketball for over 20 years at all levels, including most recently as the sophomore girls basketball coach at York High School in 2009-10. He also is familiar with coaching in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference having spent two seasons (2003-05) on the sidelines as an assistant coach at St. Francis University in Joliet, Ill.
Scherr also spent almost 10 years coaching at the AAU level. He started the first girls travel team in Glen Ellyn, Ill., in 1991, serving as the director and head coach of the Purple Devils Basketball Club. He then moved on in 1994 to take on an assistant coaching role with the Illinois Hustle, where in two years he helped the squad to back-to-back top 10 finishes at the AAU National Tournament. During the 1998-99 season he took over head coaching duties for the Silver Stars AAU program, leading the team to the ‘Sweet 16' at the AAU National Tournament.
Scherr received both his Bachelor of Arts (1970) and Master of Arts (1975) degrees from the Western Michigan University where he was a member of the baseball team.
La Toshia Burrell is in her first season as an assistant coach for the Roosevelt women's basketball team in 2012-13, bringing with her an extensive resume of coaching experience and familiarity with the CCAC.
Burrell served as the head coach at Trinity Christian College for the past two seasons, with the Trolls featuring an NCCAA North Central All-Region Honorable Mention player under her tutelage. In addition to guiding Trinity Christian's women's basketball team as her first collegiate head coaching endeavor, Burrell also served as an assistant professor of physical education and handled academic advising at the college.
Burrell cut her collegiate coaching teeth at her alma mater, Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, as an assistant women's basketball coach and head junior varsity coach for two seasons. She also handled the same duties for the school's conference champion softball team for a season.
The 2007 Wartburg graduate has also coached on the high school and AAU levels and features teaching experience at a variety of institutions, including the University of Northern Iowa. Her basketball acumen is complemented with an expertise in exercise science, physical education, and areas pertaining to health and wellness.
Burrell played collegiately at Wartburg, where she averaged 9.8 ppg, 2.2 apg and 1.6 spg as a senior. She received a bachelor of arts in fitness management from Wartburg in 2007 and a master's in exercise science from Northern Iowa in 2009.
A native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Burrell currently lives in Chicago.