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.
Following the 2019-20 campaign, Bemidji State earned its most conference victories since the 2012-13 season following a 6-16 mark in NSIC play. The Beavers’ nine wins also marked the most for the program since the 2013-14 season. One of BSU’s marquee victories of the season came Dec. 14, 2019 as the Beavers took a commanding 74-57 win over NSIC South powerhouse Augustana in Bemidji, Minn. BSU closed the regular season with two wins over the final three games and pushed NCAA Tournament qualifier University of Minnesota Duluth to three overtimes. Sophomore guard Trinity Myer and freshman center Rachael Heittola each earned a spot on the all-conference team. Myer was selected to the All-NSIC Second Team while Heittola was named to the NSIC All-Freshman Team. The Beavers set a new program record with eight selections to the 2019-20 Winter NSIC All-Academic Team, including six selections to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence.
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.