The 2014-15 season marks the 10th for Mike Curfman as the bench boss of the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team. In the decade under Curfman, 13 student-athletes have earned All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honors and 30 have earned Academic All-NSIC recognition.
Curfman has directed Bemidji State to a 91-154 overall record (.371) in his nine seasons while posting a 54-124 (.303) mark in the NSIC.
Curfman is now tied as the second-longest tenured coach in the program’s history, sharing the spot with Ruth Howe, who coached the programs’ first 10 seasons (1967-77) and trailing only Doreen Zierer, who coached 12 seasons (1990-2002). With a 77-72 victory against Upper Iowa University Feb. 24, 2012, Curfman moved into third on BSU’s all-time coaching victories list with 71 and with 91 wins under his belt, trails only Zierer (129) and Howe (95).
Three players were honored by the NSIC after the 2013-14 season, as seniors Morgan Lee and Kate Warmack were named All-NSIC Second Team, while Hanna Zerr was named to the All-NSIC Freshman Team. The award was the second for Lee, who at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, was named to the second team. Amy Lawson is the lone First-Team All-NSIC member under Curfman, as she earned the award following the 2007-08 season and was also the 2006 NSIC Defensive Player of the Year. Eleven players have been named NSIC Player of the Week, including three in each of the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
In the classroom, 30 student-athletes have earned Academic All-NSIC honors. In 2011, Colleen McKay earned the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award - an award bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher, are exhausting their eligibility and are on track to graduate. Curfman's 2007-08 squad was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. Lawson guided the team on the court and in the classroom that season and was named to the ESPN The Magazine / College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-District V Third Team.
After posting his lowest win total at BSU in 2008-09, Curfman and the BSU women’s basketball team bounced back with a 12-15 overall mark in 2009-10, making it the fourth season out of five that the Beavers have tallied more than 10 wins. The last time BSU had as many 10 win-seasons in such a short period of time was from 1994-99, when Zierer led the Beavers to four 10-win seasons in five years.
Curfman guided the Beavers to a top six finish and an appearance in the conference tournament in each of this first three seasons. In his first campaign (2005-06), he led BSU to a fifth place finish in the NSIC and hosted the first round of conference playoffs, but fell to Minnesota State University Moorhead, 59-58, in overtime.
Rejuvenating a program is nothing new to Curfman, he came to Bemidji State after six years at the helm of the University of Minnesota Crookston program where three times during his tenure his teams set or equaled school records for wins (2000-01, 2001-02 and 2004-05) and racked up 55 victories during his final four seasons.
While at UMC, he helped to elevate the program to the NCAA Division II level. After a 1-26 season in 1999-2000, Curfman directed the Golden Eagles to a school-record nine wins in 2000-01 and increased UMC’s win total to 16 the following year. In 2002-03, under Curfman, UMC made the NSIC tournament for the first time, cruising to the championship game before falling to NCAA Tournament bound University of Minnesota Duluth. In his last season at UMC in 2004-05 his Golden Eagles tied for fourth place in the NSIC posting a league record of 8-6 while going 16-12 overall and making their first ever appearance in the North Central Regional Polls. While at UMC, Curfman mentored 10 All-Conference selections, including 2000-01 NSIC Newcomer of the Year and 2001-02 Player of the Year Jessica Forsline and was himself named as the 2002 NSIC Coach of the Year.
Previous to taking over the UMC program, Curfman was an assistant coach at St. Cloud State University (1994-99), serving as Dr. Lori Ulferts’ top assistant for five seasons. He also coached under Dr. Ulferts at Moorhead State University (1992-94) as an assistant while serving as the head coach of the junior varsity team. He has presented at a number of camps and clinics and is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the Minnesota State High School League Coaches Association.
A native of Fosston, Minn., Curfman was an Academic All-America selection for the UMC basketball team while earning his A.A.S. degree. He then moved on to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. where he graduated in 1992 with his B.A. in Business Administration while captaining the Cobber men’s basketball program. In 1994, Curfman earned his MBA in business administration from Moorhead State University (now Minnesota State University Moorhead) while acting as an assistant coach for the Dragons’ women’s basketball program.
Curfman currently resides in Fosston with his wife Michelle. They have a son, Caleb, who will be attending Bemidji State as a freshman in 2014-15, and a daughter, Emily.
By The Numbers
|As a Head Coach|
|2013-14||Bemidji State||9-18 (5-17)|
|2012-13||Bemidji State||11-16 (7-15)|
|2011 12||Bemidji State||9-18 (7-15)|
|2010-11||Bemidji State||7-19 (4-18)|
|2009-10||Bemidji State||12-15 (6-14)|
|2008-09||Bemidji State||3-24 (1-19)|
|2007-08||Bemidji State||13-15 (9-9)|
|2005-06||Bemidji State||13-15 (6-8)|
|2003-04||UM, Crookston||11-16 (6-12)|
|2002-03||UM, Crookston||12-18 (6-12)|
|2001-02||UM, Crookston||16-11 (11-7)|
|2000-01||UM, Crookston||9-18 (5-13)|
|1999-00||UM, Crookston||1-26 (1-17)|
|Total at BSU (9 seasons)||91-154 (54-124)|
|Total (15 seasons)||156-255 (91-191)|
|Fort Hays State||1-0|
|Minnesota State Moorhead||6-26|
|North Dakota State||0-5|
|Palm Beach Atlantic||0-1|
|St. Cloud State||4-12|
|South Dakota State||0-1|
|Southwest Minnesota State||8-18|
|Texas A&M Kingsville||0-1|
|Valley City State||4-0|
Wayne State (Neb.)
|Western New Mexico||1-0|
|Western State (Colo.)||2-0|
|North Dakota State||1-2|
|South Dakota State||0-4|
|*All records as a head coach only|