Cheyenne Superintendent, Robert Trammell, is pleased to announce Leisha Carlson as the new Lady Bears Head Girls Basketball Coach. The position became available after the retirement and resignation of Coach Brad Thrash.
Coach Carlson is a 2000 graduate of Cheyenne High School where she received All-State honors in basketball and softball. She was fortunate to play college basketball at Western Oklahoma State College and Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. Leisha received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Elementary Education with special endorsements in Intermediate Mathematics and Early Childhood. Mrs. Carlson also received her master’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University as a Reading Specialist.
Coach Carlson began teaching in 2004 as a 6th grade science teacher in Stillwater, OK where she was also an assistant basketball coach at Stillwater High School. She then taught in Sand Springs where she was the elementary physical education teacher as well as the 5th-8th grade girls’ basketball coach. After returning to this area, Leisha was employed by Reydon Schools as a 4th-6th grade teacher and 5th-6th boys' basketball coach and later hired by Cheyenne Schools where she coached elementary, junior high and high school girls’ basketball. Mrs. Carlson took a short break from teaching and coaching in 2009 to stay home with her children. She was excited to return in 2015 to Cheyenne Schools where she is currently teaching 5th-6th grade math and vocabulary and has coached 3rd- 6th grade girls basketball.
Mrs. Carlson has been married 14 years to Matt Carlson. They have three wonderful children. Kynli is 12, Reid is 10, and Hayzlea is 7. Leisha was born and raised in Cheyenne and feels very grateful that her children are able to be a part of such a loving and supportive community.
Coach Carlson said, "I am honored to receive the Junior High and High School Girls’ Basketball Coaching position. My favorite part of coaching is embracing those teachable moments about life. I hope to create a special culture and team environment. I strive each day to teach my students and players to believe in themselves and that hard work does pay off. "