Laredo College starts the year with new identity and new bus |

Of course, we hear all about the incredible facilities and first class travel of the country’s biggest collegiate programs. However, something like this is truly a big deal for the vast majority of schools. Laredo College, starting a new year with a new identity, is also starting the year with a new bus. Congrats!

Kicking off its upcoming season of athletics with a different name, Laredo College athletics rolled out its brand-new identity on Thursday morning.

Fresh off a school name change this offseason, the Palominos athletic program unveiled both its new spin on its former Palomino logo and its new system of travel. With the logo emblazoned on its side, the school’s new bus debuted at the Fort McIntosh campus ready to transport the LC athletic teams to their upcoming events for next year and beyond.

“It’s amazing. It’s really nice in there,” said Troy Van Brunt, who has been the LC athletic director since 1987. “When I first came here, we were called Laredo Junior College. Then we moved to Laredo Community College and now we are Laredo College.

“It helps us with everything. It’s great for our identity with the college. These are exciting times for us right now. It’s a great time to be a Palomino.”

Dubbed the Palomino Bus, the Thomas-built Bellagio vehicle seats 36. It has leather seats and includes plenty of leg room, which of course is a plus when dealing with athletes. Van Brunt also said the vehicle would be a big plus for the student-athletes to be able to get homework done on those long trips traveling down Texas highways.

“It’s something our student-athletes needed,” Van Brunt said. “Each student will be able to not only plug in an iPhone but also their laptop or iPad. It will be connected to Wi-Fi so they can actually study on the way up and back to do classwork while they’re traveling.

“They saw it on campus and they cannot wait to travel on their first trip in the bus. There’s a lot of leg room in it for them, whereas the charter buses are a little bit cramped. There’s just a lot of leg room and a lot of space available so they will be arriving in more comfort.”

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