Jamie Schultz begins her fifth season with the Bemidji State women's basketball program in 2020-21. She was hired to the staff in June 2016 following six years as a coach at the collegiate and high school levels and a playing career at Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference's Winona State University.
Schultz helped the Beavers to a 10-6 record overall and 8-4 mark in conference play during the 2020-21 season. BSU advanced to the NSIC Tournament Quarterfinals for the second time in the last three seasons, taking a 71-70 win over Concordia University-St. Paul Feb. 26 in Sioux Falls, S.D., and made the NSIC Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2004. The Beavers finished with their first winning season, overall and in conference play, since 1995-96 and its most conference victories since the 2007-08 season, including a seven-game winning streak for its longest such streak in a season since 1987-88. BSU began its winning streak with an 82-76 overtime win over Minnesota State University, Mankato, snapping an 11-game losing streak to the Mavericks, and followed with a sweep over Minnesota State University Moorhead, snapping a 17-game losing streak to the Dragons along with its first sweep of MSUM since the 2003-04 season. Sophomore center Rachael Heittola was selected to the All-NSIC First Team and senior guard Brooklyn Bachmann was named to the All-NSIC Second Team to become the first BSU duo named all-conference since the 2013-14 season. Bemidji State featured 12 selections to the NSIC All-Academic Team, its most all-academic team members in program history.
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.
In 2018-19, Schultz helped the women's basketball program to the second round of the NSIC Tournament for the first time since the 2003-04 season with its biggest upset in program history over No. 1 seed Concordia-St. Paul, 73-70, on the road. Sophomore center Taylor Bray finished the season 11th in the NSIC in free throw percentage while sophomore Brooklyn Bachmann also ranked 11th in steals per game. Freshman guard Trinity Myer paced BSU and ranked 21st in the NSIC with 2.4 assists per game. Five Beaver student-athletes were selected to the 2018-19 Winter NSIC All-Academic Team.
In 2017-18, freshman Brooklyn Bachmann became the first Beaver to earn a spot on the NSIC All-Freshman Team. Bachmann led the team and all NSIC freshmen with 12.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Three Beavers also earned a spot on the NSIC All-Academic Team, including senior Sierra Senske, junior Haley Zerr and sophomore McKayla Scheuer. Under the coaching of Schultz, Senske finished her career as the program's eighth-leading scoring all-time and holds the program record in free throw attempts and free throw conversions.
The Beavers totaled their most conference wins since the 2013-14 season during Schultz's first season. BSU shot over 40 percent from the field for the first time since the 2009-10 season and tallied the most assists since 2007-08. Schultz coached center Sydney Arrington to one NSIC Player of the Week honor. Center Sierra Senske became the 20th Beaver to score 1,000 career points and ranks 19th heading into her senior season. Seven student-athletes were selected to the 2016-17 Winter Academic All-NSIC Team.
Schultz helped Loras to two appearances in the Iowa Conference Tournament as well as one trip to the NCAA Tournament last season. With a focus on the frontcourt, Schultz coached the Duhawks’ forward Lori Obendorf to back-to-back Iowa Conference Defensive MVP honors. In her two seasons, five student-athletes received All-Iowa Conference selections along with two honorable mentions. The Duhawks improved from a 15-11 record in 2014-15 to 19-9 last season during Schultz’s time with the program.
Prior to her service with Loras, Schultz coached at both the high school and collegiate levels, including a two-year period at Winona State from 2012-14. Schultz worked with the forwards at WSU as a graduate assistant under Scott Ballard and coached Abby Busch to an All-NSIC Second Team honor. The Warriors finished her inaugural season with the program with a 21-11 record, including a push to the semifinal round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament.
Schultz spent one year at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill., and coached women’s basketball, volleyball and badminton. Each sport finished as conference champions during her time with the program. She then coached one season at Evanston Township High School and worked with On The Go Sports before advancing to Winona, Minn.
Schultz was a three-year starter at Winona State and finished as a three-time NSIC All-Academic selection and captained the Warriors to a program-best 24 wins during her senior season in 2008-09. She led the team to a NSIC Tournament Championship and helped the Warriors advance to the second round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament.
As a prep athlete, Schultz played at Lane Tech High School where she earned all-conference, all-region and all-state honors, among others. She qualified for the 3-point contest and was an All-American Nominee.