- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 5, 2007

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Tiny L. Laster Jr., the longtime Hampton University coach who led the women’s softball team to a regular-season championship on Tuesday, died May 3 from kidney failure, the school said. He was 61.

Mr. Laster was undergoing dialysis treatment twice a week in the mornings so he could continue coaching softball, sports information director Jamar Ross said.

Mr. Laster, who took over as the Lady Pirates softball coach in 1989, compiled a career record of 535-300-1 in the sport, the school said. He also had a 215-250 record in 13 years as volleyball coach, and a 139-67 record as Hampton’s women’s basketball coach.

He also coached women’s basketball at Talladega College and then at Tuskegee University, both in Alabama, and compiled a record of 245-128 at Tuskegee.

Mr. Laster guided the Lady Pirates to Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles in softball in 1994 and 1995, and in basketball in 1994. After the Pirates made the move up to Division I, he guided the softball team to the MEAC tourney title in 1996.

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