Sam Sikkink begins her first season as an assistant coach for the Bemidji State University women's basketball team in 2015-16. Sikkink comes from Dakota Wesleyan University where she spent two seasons as the top assistant for its women's basketball program. She helped the Tigers to an 18-13 record in 2013-14, including a 97-76 upset of No. 3 Northwestern College on Feb. 12.
In her first season as assistant coach the Beavers finished with a 7-20 overall record and a 3-19 conference record. The team finished the season with a 7-8 record at home in the Bemidji State Gymnasium. The Beaver offense boasted the third highest three-point percentage in the conference when they shot .345 from behind the arc. One of the main contributors was juniot guard Aimee Pelzer who averaged 2.3 three-pointers per game and shot .399 from three.
Prior to DWU, Sikkink spent one season as a graduate assistant at the University of Sioux Falls women’s basketball program. She helped the Cougars to a 13-14 overall mark and a 9-13 record in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Sikkink, a Rochester, Minn., native, played two years of college basketball at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and played in all 30 games as a senior in 2010-11. She led the Roos in three-point percentage and scored 103 points. As a junior, Sikkink led the squad in free-throw percentage (.905). She earned Summit League Winter/Spring Academic All-League honors as a junior and senior and was named to the Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence as a senior.
Before transferring to UMKC, Sikkink led Rochester Technical and Community College to a 2009 NJCAA DIII National Championship and a 34-0 season. She averaged 13.7 points per game and scored 466 points as a sophomore. She was a two-time MCAC Southern Division Player-of-the-Week and was named MCAC Tournament MVP and NJCAA DIII all-tournament.
Sikkink played prep basketball at John Marshall and lettered all four years. She was a three-time all-conference selection, and was just the third player in school history to pass the 1,000-point mark.
Sikkink earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from UMKC in 2011 and a master’s degree in educational policy and administration at Dakota Wesleyan in 2015.