Walseth Names Assistant Coaches for NDSU Women's Basketball
North Dakota State University women's basketball head coachMaren Walsethannounced Thursday, June 5, that Kachine Alexander and Patrick Harrison will join the Bison women's basketball staff as assistant coaches. Walseth also announced that current NDSU assistant coach Keith Dickhudt will remain on staff.
"Finding the right fit for NDSU, this program and where we want to go was of utmost importance to me," Walseth said. "Their energy, passion and tireless work ethic is exactly what I need in moving this program forward." Alexander spent the past two seasons as the top assistant coach under head coach Paul Fessler at Concordia St. Paul, where she primarily worked with the guards and was the program's recruiting coordinator. Alexander also assisted with practice and game day preparations. Last season, Alexander helped guide the Golden Bears to their first-ever NCAA Division II Elite Eight and an overall record of 28-9. The 28 wins matched a program record.
A standout player at the University of Iowa, Alexander was a two-time WBCA and Associated Press All-America honorable mention honoree and a two-time WBCA All-Region 6 selection. She was a three-time All-Big Ten star and a two-time Big Ten All-Defensive Team honoree.
Alexander was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in 2011 and played overseas with the Flying Foxes in Vienna, Austria. She graduated from Iowa in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in interdepartmental studies. "After coaching against Kachine while she played at Iowa, I am so happy she is on my staff," Walseth said. "Her ties to the Twin Cities as well as her winning spirit will allow her to make an immediate impact on our program."
Harrison was the lead assistant coach at Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., under head coach Carrie Hofstetter last season. Harrison was the recruiting coordinator and assisted with game day operations. He helped lead the Broncos to an NAIA women's basketball national quarterfinal appearance last season and an overall record of 28-6.
Harrison previously spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Wichita State University where he was a member of the Shockers team that advanced to the 2013 NCAA tournament and claimed the Missouri Valley Conference championship for the first time in school history.
Prior to his time at Wichita State, Harrison spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Pratt Community College (Kan.) and was an assistant for two seasons at Friends University (Kan.).
"Patrick's teaching and knowledge of the game is fantastic. He has been around highly successful programs at different levels, and will help take this program to new heights," Walseth said.
Harrison graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Friends in 2009 and earned his master's degree in sports management from Wichita State in 2013.