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Taking full advantage of the offseason, the Minot State Beavers men’s and women’s basketball programs have focused not only on building a talented roster for the 2023 season, but also on building top coaches.

On the men’s side of the court, Beavers head coach Matt Murken welcomes several new members to the sideline, including assistant coach H Hendrickson, graduate assistant Quincy Minor Jr. and director of basketball operations Cole Edwards .

Unlike his new staff colleagues, this opportunity will mark the start of his coaching career for graduate assistant Minor Jr.

Having attended Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa, Minor Jr. was a two-sport athlete who competed in track and field and racked up a number of honors on the basketball court as a three-year-old starter, including two as team captain. . Finishing his college career in the all-time top ten in several statistical categories at Waldorf, Minor Jr. was twice named to the North Star Athletic Association All-Conference Team.

Joining Minor Jr. and boasting an impressive resume that spans eight years, Hendrickson is no rookie when it comes to the responsibilities of a standout assistant coach. In his last five years as an assistant at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, he was an integral part of an Aztec team that won back-to-back Region I D-2 Championships in 2018 and 2019, as well as a third championship in 2021. Additionally, the 2018 team qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship game.

Throughout his career, Hendrickson has coached a multitude of academically and athletically decorated players, helping 28 student-athletes transition to play at four-year colleges and universities. Interestingly, his career is rooted in North Dakota, where his coaching journey began as a college assistant at Fargo South High School under his father, former Minot State player Mike Hendrickson.

Similar to Hendrickson, Cole Edwards also honed his coaching skills in North Dakota, but just a bit closer to the Minot State area.

From 2018 to 2021, Edwards honed his coaching skills as an assistant coach at both Our Redeemer Christian School and most recently at Bishop Ryan High School.

The Minot State grad would turn his local experience into a position as director of basketball operations and assistant men’s basketball coach at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas during the 2021-22 season. Duties associated with his position included directing transitions for offense and defense, leading the active recovery program for players, and enhancing skill development.

In addition to his responsibilities as the new director of basketball operations, Edwards will join Minot State women’s basketball head coach Mike Brandt as an assistant coach.

As for Brandt, he’s looking to build on the success he generated in his first season with the Beavers by bringing in graduate assistant and standout international player Anda Kuzmina. With extensive international and college playing experience, Kuzmina will begin her coaching career with returning assistant coach Amber Renz and volunteer coach Amaura Brandt.

A native of Riga, Latvia, Kuzmina has found success playing at the Division I and Division II levels of college basketball. During her career, she appeared in 135 total games and was named to the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman Team her freshman year at South Carolina Upstate.

Outside of college, she was a member of a Latvian U-20 side that finished eighth overall in the European Championship.

With the 2023 season fast approaching, all eyes will be on the Minot State men’s and women’s teams to see for themselves if these additions to the coaching staff will help launch an era of even greater success. big for Beavers basketball.

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