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Finalists announced in search for head women's basketball coach

Jul 17th, 2013 @ 12:35 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
Valley City State University has selected two candidates to interview on-campus for the position of head women's basketball coach.

Kevin Becker and Catherine Hanek will visit campus next week for interviews and meetings with various VCSU personnel and student-athletes. Becker will interview on Tuesday, followed by Hanek on Wednesday.

The Vikings are searching for a new head coach after Jill DeVries stepped down earlier this summer. DeVries posted a 219-230 career record during her 14 years at VCSU. She led the Vikings to a school record 24 wins last year and national tournament appearances each of the past three seasons.

Becker is a North Dakota native, graduating from Bismarck St. Mary's High School and Bismarck Junior College. Since 1993, Becker has been the head women's coach at Cal State San Bernardino, an NCAA Division II school in California.

While at San Bernardino, Becker has amassed a 251-215 record and led his team to four NCAA National Tournament appearances, the latest in 2010-11.

He is a graduate of Bismarck Junior College, Chaminade University of Honolulu, and California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Hanek is currently the head women's coach and assistant men's coach at Miles Community College in Miles City, Mont. Her women's team posted a 17-17 record in 2012-13, her first year at the school. Prior to that, Hanek served as an assistant women's coach at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisc., and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Hanek is a graduate of Youngstown State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She played college basketball at Youngstown State, and was team captain in both 2004 and 2005.