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Pioneers name Liz Lewis head women's basketball coach

(Miles City, MT) – Miles Community College has announced the hiring of Liz Lewis as the next head women's basketball coach of the Pioneers. Lewis joins MCC after serving as the assistant women's coach and sports information director at Montana State University-Northern.She takes over for Cathy Hanek who resigned to take the head coaching position at Valley City State University in Valley City, ND.

Prior to her stint at MSU-Northern, Lewis served on the staffs of Central Washington University and her alma mater, Rocky Mountain College.

Liz is a 2005 graduate of Churchill County High School in Fallon, Nevada, where she was a four-sport standout. She attended Dixie State College (UT) for two seasons before finishing her career at Rocky Mountain College.

At Rocky, Liz was a two-time First Team All-Frontier performer, and was named Rocky’s Female Athlete of the Year as a senior. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration.

"We are excited and fortunate to have Coach Lewis join our athletic department," athletic director Jeff Brabant said.

"To find someone of Liz's quality, work ethic and knowledge this late in the year is critical for our department and for the ladies of her program. Liz comes to us with a great deal of enthusiasm and experience. Having served as an assistant at both Rocky and Northern, Coach Lewis has an extensive background recruiting Montana athletes. Expect a lot of great things coming from the Lady Pioneer program for years to come as Coach Lewis instills her coaching philosophy. Again, we welcome Coach Lewis to our Pioneer family and we are excited at the product that she will be putting on the floor for our fans and alumnus".

Joining Lewis in her first year with the Lady Pioneers is assistant coach Janie Rayback. Rayback is a 2005 graduate of Star Valley High School (WY) where she was a two-time All-State basketball player and a member of the Montana-Wyoming and Wyoming-South Dakota All-Star teams.

She began her playing career at Weber State University, where she spent three seasons. She was a team captain and starter during her junior season. As a senior, Rayback transferred to Rocky Mountain College, where she earned First Team All-Frontier honors and was named an NAIA All-American. Upon graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Janie played professionally in Brazil for one season. She is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Sports Psychology.

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