BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb has announced the hiring of Paul Brunsdon as the BSU’s head softball and assistant women’s basketball coach.
“Paul comes to Bemidji State having been a graduate assistant in our program. We know of his strong work ethic and that he will bring some extremely positive things to the department. Having been a part of Coach Power’s staff and working in the department in the past will make this an easy transition,” commented Dr. Goeb.
Brunsdon comes to Bemidji State after serving as the assistant women’s basketball coach at College of St. Mary (Neb.) during the 2003-04 season. While at St. Mary, his duties included coordinating the Flames’ defensive efforts and the overall day-to-day operations of the program. He was also responsible for games management and sports information while teaching physical education courses. Last summer Brunsdon helped coach at the Flames’ summer basketball camp in addition to camps at the University of Nebraska, Creighton University and Northwest Missouri State University.
The hiring of the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native at BSU is a homecoming of sorts. From the fall of 2001 to the spring of 2003 Brunsdon was a graduate assistant at the institution. During his first year he was responsible for games management. In 2002-03 he served as a graduate assistant coach with the women’s basketball program under current head coach Mike Power. His duties included working directly with the post players, recruiting coordination and the creation and maintenance of a women’s basketball booster Web site. He also completed and internship with the program as its strength and conditioning coach where he created and implemented pre and post season conditioning programs.
Prior to his stint as a graduate assistant, he was an assistant coach for the Minot State University women’s basketball program (1999-2001). During his three years at MSU, he was responsible for practice management, recruiting, scouting opponents and the development of post players. He has also worked as an instructor at the MSU men’s team camps during each of the past three summers (2001-2003).
“I’d like to thank Dr. Goeb and Coach Power for bringing me back to BSU. I had a great experience at College of Saint Mary last year, taking what I learned while I was here and applying it on my own. I met some wonderful people and will always remember my time in Omaha,” commented Brunsdon. “I’m excited about the prospect of taking over the softball program here at BSU. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I am also very excited about the opportunity to work with some great young student-athletes at BSU. When Coach Power initially contacted me about coming back up here, it was an easy decision. He and Coach Mike Heater have done a tremendous job with the program and I’m looking forward to helping them continue to build towards championships.”
Brunsdon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with a minor in coaching from Minot State University in the spring of 2001. He is currently in the process of completing his Master of Science degree at Bemidji State.
Brunsdon replaces Amanda Went who resigned last summer to pursue other career opportunities. He becomes the 12th BSU head softball coach.
Brunsdon joins head coach Mike Power on the women’s basketball sidelines. In two seasons at BSU, Power has restored respect to the BSU women’s team leading them to the largest win total since the 1995-96 season with a 14-15 overall and a fifth place finish in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 8-8 record in 2003-04. The Beavers also set 12 individual and team records last season on their way to having Power selected as the NSIC Coach of the year, junior Stacia Swanson selected to the All-NSIC first team and Maggie Gernbacher being tabbed as the 2004 Freshman of the Year in the league.