MARSHALL, Minn. - Southwest
Minnesota State University director of athletics Dr. Howard
Gauthier announced today that Mike Power,
who has spent the past three seasons as head coach at Bemidji
State University, has been named the new head women’s
basketball coach at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Power becomes the fifth head coach in the program’s 36-year history. A press conference to introduce Power as the new head coach will be held on tomorrow (Tuesday, May 17) at 12 p.m., on the second floor of the new SMSU student center.
“We are excited to announce Mike Power as the new women’s basketball coach at Southwest Minnesota State University,” said Gauthier. “He has had unbelievable success – having been named NSIC Coach of the Year last year at Bemidji State, and previously having led Briar Cliff College to the #1 ranking nationally with a 32-0 regular season record in 1996-97. He is a great fit because he knows this recruiting territory and his players have had success both on the court and in the classroom. Mike will not only have great success here, he will also represent the institution and the community in a positive and professional manner.”
Power recently completed his third season as head coach at Bemidji State University and his 16th season as a collegiate head coach. During his three seasons at BSU he led the Beavers to 28 victories which included a tie for third place in the Northern Sun Conference during the 2003-2004 season and the program’s first-ever trip to the NSIC Tournament semifinals. BSU’s 14 wins in 2003-2004 was the most by a Bemidji State team in eight seasons and for his efforts he was named the NSIC Coach of the Year.
“I’m really looking forward to joining the Mustang athletic family,” said Power on Monday. “SMSU women’s basketball has had a strong tradition over the years. Coach (Kelly) Kruger did a great job building the program and I want to continue that success and build off that. I’m very thankful for the opportunity.”
Power came to Bemidji State following a four-year stay at Metro State College (Colo.), where he led the Roadrunners to a 56-52 record, setting a school record for best winning percentage by a head coach in his first two years (.636). While at Metro State, he led his teams to the top seven in the 14-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference three of his four years at the helm, making the RMAC Tournament three times.
Prior to Metro State, Power built an NAIA power at Briar Cliff College (Iowa). He inherited a program that finished 0-29 the season prior to his arrival and in six seasons posted a 127-73 record including a 93-17 record over his final three seasons. He led the Chargers to three NAIA Division II National Tournaments including Elite Eight appearances in 1996 and 1997. His final two teams posted consecutive 30-win seasons with the 1996-97 team finishing 37-1, which included a school record 32-0 regular season. He was named NAIA Independent Midwest Region Coach of the Year three consecutive seasons while at Briar Cliff. His teams led the nation in scoring and scoring margin in 1996-97 and 1997-98 and during his tenure developed three players who earned All-America honors.
He began his collegiate head coaching career in 1988 spending three seasons at NCAA Division III Nebraska Wesleyan University. He took over a struggling program and led NWU to a winning record of 15-10 during his final season which tied a school record for victories in one season. His 1990-91 team led Division III in scoring and and three-point field goals per game.
Power, who earned both his bachelor’s degree in social science and his master’s degree in physical education from the University of Nebraska, has compiled a record of 241-225 in 16 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
The head coaching position at SMSU became available following the resignation of Kelly Kruger on April 14.
Release Courtesy of SMSU Athletic Communications