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Kevin Woodin
Head Women's Basketball Coach

Kevin Woodin will begin his tenth season as the head women’s basketball coach at Montana State Billings. He has posted a 150-103 overall record (.593 winning percentage), capturing two Heartland Conference regular season titles and one conference tournament championship. Coach Woodin has guided the Yellowjackets to post season play six times in nine seasons. During the 2004-05 season, he was named the NCAA Division II Independent Coach of the Year. He was also the 2006-07 Heartland Coach of the Year. Woodin is currently the second winningest coach in MSUB history.

Woodin’s teams have excelled academically during his tenure. 100% of his seniors have graduated and recently the WBCA honored MSUB’s 2012-13 squad as an academic top 25 team in the nation as they earned a 3.50 cumulative team GPA. This marked the sixth consecutive year that MSUB has been ranked in the academic top 25 by the WBCA. Furthermore, MSUB has registered the top women’s basketball team GPA for the last four years in the GNAC.

In 2012-13, the Yellowjackets finished 17-10 overall and placed third in the GNAC regular season, qualifying for the GNAC playoffs where they lost to Seattle Pacific in the quarterfinal round. In 2011-12, they were 18-12 overall but lost to Northwest Nazarene in the quarterfinal round. In 2010-11, the Jackets finished 16-12 and advanced to the semifinals of the GNAC tournament before losing to Western Washington. This year’s 2013-14 basketball team returns nine letter winners while only losing two seniors.

Woodin became the Yellowjacket women’s eleventh head basketball coach when he took over on July 23, 2004.

Before the Montana High School Association moved the girls’ basketball season to the winter, Woodin was a part time assistant coach at MSU Billings from 2000-2003. Responsible for practice and game planning, recruiting, scouting, individual skill development, travel and coordinating the Billings Bees camps, Woodin helped the Lady Yellowjackets to two NCAA Tournament appearances in three seasons. Woodin also teaches many HHP courses at MSUB.

Woodin was the head girls’ basketball coach at Billings West High School from 1994-2004. In that time, he led the Lady Bears to a 138-81 record (.630), including back-to-back Class AA state titles in 2003 and 2004. Woodin’s Bears were a perfect 23-0 in 2004’s title run and won the final 36 games Woodin coached at the school. He earned Montana AA Coach of the Year honors in 2003 and 2004, and was a finalist for the award in 1999 and 2002.

Along with leading the Lady Bears to State AA tournament hardware in four of his last six seasons, Woodin was also an assistant coach on the Montana All-Star Team and an Executive Committee member and coach for the Treasure State Classic. At West High, Woodin coached 19 players who went on to play collegiate basketball.

A native of Libby, MT, Woodin graduated with a degree in mathematics from Carroll College in 1987. While teaching and coaching at O’Dea High School in Seattle, he earned his master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Seattle Pacific University in 1992. Woodin taught mathematics at O’Dea High School from 1987 to 1994 while also coaching boys’ basketball, golf and tennis. He was named O’Dea’s Outstanding Teacher of the year in 1990-1991 and the Metro League Golf Coach of the Year three times.

Woodin has three children; Kayleen (20), Toria (17) and Garrett (15). Kayleen is a student at the University of Montana while Toria and Garrett attend Billings West High School. His mom Loretta Erickson, formerly of Libby, Mont., resides in Edmonds, Washington. Woodin is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, National Basketball Coaches Association, Montana Coaches Association, and Midland Roundtable.

Getting to Know Coach Woodin:
Favorite movie: Brian's Song
Favorite food: Anything barbecued on the grill
Favorite outfit: Golf attire
Favorite place to visit: Any Family Vacation

What are you most proud of: My three children
Best advice you could give someone: Be honest and be yourself
Prized possession: Wilson R90 sand wedge
Favorite song/musician: "Soul Sister"/Train
Favorite quote: "Character is the backbone of success." -Author Unknown

Jamie Stevens
Head Men's Basketball Coach

Jamie Stevens will begin his third season as the head men's basketball coach in the 2013-14 season after becoming the 14th man to be named MSUB men's basketball coach on April 7, 2011. He is the first MSUB alumnus to be named head coach in the 83-year history of the prestigious program.

In just his first season at the helm of the program, the Yellowjackets went 18-12 and claimed the program's first GNAC tournament title which earned the Yellowjackets a berth into the NCAA tournament. The team set the ground work for a program that will continue to rise.

Stevens returned to MSUB after four years at Central Wyoming College where he was brought in to resurrect a program that had been out of existence for nearly two decades. In the three competition years under his guidance, CWC compiled a 53-39 record with three consecutive winning seasons.

In his first season the team finished 19-11 and tied for first in sub-region play, earning Stevens the Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. In 2010-11 the Rustlers finished 17-15 overall and advanced to the second round of the Region IX Tournament in Norfolk, Neb.

Under Stevens, players earned numerous post-season recognitions as six players earned all-conference honors and two earned all-region honors. His inaugural team (2008-09) also carried a 3.17 team GPA that earned them a National Academic Team of the Year distinction by the NNJCAA.

Prior to CWC, Stevens spent six years as the assistant men’s basketball coach at the Colorado School of Mines. During his tenure at Mines, Stevens’ off-the-court duties included coordinating recruiting, scheduling and film exchange. On the court, Stevens worked with guards and was instrumental in helping Mines produce three recipients of the RMAC Freshman of the Year award.

During the 2005-2006 season, Stevens was a part of an Oredigger squad that had a 15-14 overall record and advanced to the RMAC/Wells Fargo Shootout after an opening round victory in the conference quarterfinals.  It was the first win in the RMAC tournament for Mines since 1996.  Four of the six years during Stevens’ tenure at Mines resulted in winning seasons for the Orediggers including his last three (2004-2007).

Prior to his coaching career, Stevens left his mark on the MSUB record books as the most prolific passer in program history, playing as a Yellowjacket from 1994-1999. In four seasons, Stevens set records for most assists in a game (16) and in a career (805) and also left the school with the most career steals (167).

Also during his time at MSUB, Stevens helped the Yellowjackets to a Pacific West Conference championship during the 1995-96 season and then helped the Jackets earn a trip to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 in the 1996-97 season. His play and dedication to the program earned him induction into the Eastern Montana College/Montana State University Billings Athletic Hall of Fame in February of 2008.

Stevens resides in Billings with his wife Sarah, and their three daughters, Clara (7), Marcella (4) and Catie (2).