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Miles Community College Names Hanek As New Women's Coach

Former assistant at DIII Lakeland College

(Miles City, MT) – After completing the two month process, Miles Community College has announced the hiring of Cathy Hanek as the sixth, and first female, women’s basketball coach in school history since the inception of the program back in 1980. Hanek, a native of Youngstown, replaces former head coach Lindsay Woolley who resigned to take the same position at the University of Montana – Western. In addition to her coaching duties at Miles, she will also be a faculty member and more than likely teach science courses.

"First off want to thank Kylene Phipps (MCC’s Human Resource Director) and the entire search committee for the time they spent working with me throughout the process. Everyone that I met left a great impression on me and I am excited to have the opportunity to be a member of the staff at MCC," said Hanek. "There is a personal touch here that is so easy to sell, this is an institution I will be proud to represent."

As an assistant, she helped lead the Lakeland College Muskies to an overall record of 64-42 over her four years from 2007- 2011 at the school. At the NCAA Division III institution, where no athletic aid was allowed to be given, she served as the squad’s recruiting coordinator. Cathy also was responsible for scouting opponents, player development, and assisted in camps and clinics as well. In addition to her basketball duties, she also the head women’s golf coach, the athletics/admissions liaison, and taught several classes as an adjunct instructor.

After a coaching change at Lakeland College, Hanek moved back to Ohio where this past season she was an assistant for the Lowellville High School girls basketball team. They went onto finish with a 22-3 record and earned a spot in the OHSAA Division IV regional semifinals. Lowellville is less than 10 miles outside of Youngstown, her hometown.

Prior to her tenure at Lakeland, she was a graduate assistant at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2006-07 and served as the Director of Basketball Operations at Youngstown State, her alma mater, the previous year. While at YSU, she was the team’s third leading scorer her senior season, averaging just under 10 points per contest. She was a team captain both as a junior and senior for the Penguins. As a freshman, she was named to the now defunct Mid-Continental Conference All-Newcomer team. She graduated from Youngstown State in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Education – Integrated Science and holds an Educational Endorsement in Computer Technology. Just a year later, she received her Master of Arts in Adult Education and Communications Technology from IUP.

She added, “I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity of taking over the women's basketball program at Miles. My philosophy is all about the players, and we will do everything in ensure that our players grow in the classroom, the community and on the court.”

Miles Community College went 22-10 this past season before falling to Casper College in the Region IX Women’s Basketball Tournament. The squad is returning all five freshmen and a red-shirt freshman. Coach Woolley has signed four newcomers for the 2012-13 school year. With 10 players committed to this year’s season, Coach Hanek will have space to sign a couple of players to round out her inaugural roster.

Woolley coached the Lady Pioneers for the past four years after taking over for Dwight Gunnare, the current head coach down at Casper. Preceding Gunnare was Dennis Lordemann, who led MCC to three consecutive Region IX titles from 1988 to 1990. While Lordemann took over the young program after a pair of coaches, Lou Hutton and Jack Bushy, combined to win just four games in the first three years of existence.

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