LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - When you are used to losing, its never easy to change that culture, but when Dammian Stepp arrived at Berea in 2016, everything changed for the girls basketball team.
"The culture changed accountability wise," said Adrienne Beggs. "You need to be here putting in the work."
"I was taking over a program that won three games and people said why are you going there," said head coach Dammian Stepp. "I thought the potential was there to turn things around."
He was right on the money. After winning nine games in his debut season, the lady pirates followed with ten wins a year later and this season, they're 15-3 their best start in nineteen years.
"What I found was a group of young ladies that just wanted the opportunity to be winners," said coach Stepp.
With that winning culture now in place, Berea is changing the perception of their program.
"They think it is just Berea and they say we beat them last year it will be easy and we want to prove them wrong," said Beggs.
"I think that people actually take us seriously now," said Mati Stepp. "They don't look at us as little old Berea. They look at us like oh, they can play."
The culture of losing is finished at Berea and that's bad news for the rest of region eleven.