Three former Montana standouts will be assistant coaches for the Montana State Billings women’s basketball this season.
Jenny Heringer is being elevated to a full-time assistant coach after serving as a volunteer last season with the Yellowjackets.
Mandy Morales joins MSUB after spending five years as an assistant coach at Missoula Sentinel, while Chelsea Banis joins the program as a graduate assistant coach.
Both Heringer and Morales are former Gatorade Player of the Year selections.
Heringer graduated from Billings Central and played three seasons for Montana State in Bozeman before transferring to MSUB for her senior year. Heringer was the Yellowjackets' Offensive MVP in 2010-2011 and had earned all-Big Sky Conference honors while playing for the Bobcats.
This past season, she was part of the coaching staff for an MSUB team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II national tournament.
“I am very pleased to have Jenny Heringer join us as a full-time assistant this coming season,” said MSUB head coach Kevin Woodin. “Jenny did a great job last year as a volunteer and I have coached her and known her for years. I really believe in her abilities and I know she will do an outstanding job for us.”
Morales played for Woodin at Billings West and was a four-time honorable mention All-American at the University of Montana. She is the second-leading scorer in Lady Griz history and was recently selected No. 10 among the top 25 Female Athletes in Big Sky Conference history. She is the only player in the conference to score more than 1,550 points (1,959) and have more than 500 assists (587). She is also second all-time in the Big Sky for career free throws (533) and holds the single-game record (18 for 18, 2006).
“Mandy will be a great addition to our staff this coming season,” said Woodin. “I had the distinct pleasure of coaching Mandy when she was at Billings West and I am excited to be around her again in a basketball setting. She has a great deal of expertise to offer as a coach and our players will benefit greatly from her guidance.”
During her time at Sentinel, the Spartans were 71-21 with three Class AA state titles.
Banis, of Fairfield, finished her senior season at MSUB this past spring after starting her college career at Montana State.
While pursuing her masters degree, Banis started all 33 games for the Yellowjackets, averaging 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds a game. She was a starter for an MSUB team that won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title and advanced to the West Regional title game. Banis was part of a Yellowjacket group that set single-season team records for points (2,426), 3-pointers made (258) and rebounds (1,283).
“She did a tremendous job on the court for us last year as a player and she will have a positive impact on our team as a coach this year,” Woodin said.
Heringer will begin her duties on Aug. 11. Morales and Banis will join the staff in the fall when school begins.