Micheal Poncelet joins Bemidji State for his first season as an assistant coach during the 2019-20 season. Poncelet joins BSU after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Macalester College during the 2018-19 season.
Prior to joining Macalester, Poncelet was head boys basketball coach at Staples-Motley High School from 2013-2018 where he earned Mid-State Coach of the Year in 2016. After founding and serving as director of the North Metro Aftershock Basketball Club, he was head coach from 2007-14 where he helped the squad to a Division 2 AAU Minnesota State Championship.
Poncelet also spent time as an assistant coach at Centennial High School during the 2012-13 season, Irondale High School from 2010-12 and Mounds View High School from 2006-10. IHS earned a share of the Northwest Suburban Conference Championship following the 2011-12 season.
Poncelet graduated from Hamline University in 2004 with a juris doctorate degree after earning a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in coaching at University of Minnesota Duluth.
Poncelet and his wife, Shawna, have two sons: Marquise and Vincent. He is also an author as his first novel, Wrongful Convictions, was published and released on July 22, 2019.