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Ancilla Hires Beason as New Women’s Basketball Coach

May 12, 2011

05/13/11 Ancilla College has hired Stephanie Beason as its new Head Women’s Basketball Coach, the College announced on Thursday.

Beason, a native of Norwood, MO, has spent four years as an assistant for the Highland Community College women’s basketball team in Highland, KS.  She has spent the past two years as the Associate Head Coach under Scotties head coach James Arnold.

She will officially begin at Ancilla on June 1 and will also serve in a faculty role at the Donaldson-based campus.

“We are very fortunate to have Ms. Stephanie Beason as our next Head Women’s Basketball Coach,” said Ancilla College Athletic Director Gene Reese.  “She has an outstanding resume as a player and as a coach.  As an Associate Head Coach at Highland Community College, she understands how to recruit, coach, and manage a women’s basketball program at the junior college level.”

Beason previously played for Arnold at North Central Missouri College, where she was a 1st Team NJCAA All-American.

She spent her junior year at NCAA DII program University of Alaska-Anchorage, where she led the team in minutes played and scoring.  Her season was highlighted by a 37 point performance in the Great Alaskan Shootout against NCAA D1 opponent Eastern Washington University.

Following that season, Beason took time off due to injury and joined Arnold’s coaching staff at North Central Missouri College, helping the team to a 14-2 record.

After rehabbing the injury, Beason headed to Fairmont State College (NCAA DII) in West Virginia to finish her playing career.

Beason holds an Associate of Arts degree from North Central Missouri College, a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Fairmont State University, and a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a specialization in sport psychology from California University of Pennsylvania.

“I’m just really excited to become a member of the Ancilla College family,” said Beason.  “From what I’ve read and what I’ve heard, we have a strong nucleus of players who have already signed that we can continue to build around.  I’m ready to hit the ground running.”

Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

Photo courtesy of Highland Community College athletics.