Former Spartan basketball player and assistant coach Janice Hendrickson has been named head coach of the Minnesota State Community and Technical College women's basketball team.
She succeeds Brenda Johnson, who resigned this spring after more than two decades with the Spartan basketball program.
"I'm looking forward to continuing the traditions created by Coaches Ann Williams and Brenda Johnson," said Hendrickson. "Playing for M State was a fantastic experience. We want to continue to provide a similar experience for future athletes that emphasize our strong commitment to the classroom, community and Spartan basketball."
Hendrickson, a native of Upsala, played for Williams from 2002 to 2004 and graduated from M State in Fergus Falls before earning degrees in dental assisting and dental hygiene on M State's Moorhead campus. She was an assistant coach for Williams from 2007 to 2011 and for Johnson from 2011 until the end of the 2013-14 season.
Hendrickson works at LifeSmiles Dental in Fergus Falls and is also the Junior Olympic volleyball coach in Underwood.
Johnson, a 4th grade teacher in Ashby, played volleyball, basketball and softball at M State from 1982 to 1984 and was assistant basketball coach from 1989 to 2011, when she was named head coach.
"I've been so fortunate to be able to give back to a college that has given me so much over the past 25 years," Johnson said. "The students and M State staff have been my second family, and I feel truly blessed to be a Spartan. The opportunities I had and the people I met at M State are truly some of my favorites."
Ashley Maack, senior setter from Rothsay, has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball for the Minnesota State Community and Technical College Spartans.
Ashley is a four-year starter for the Tigers in volleyball, receiving all-conference honors her junior and senior years. Ashley was also voted her team's MVP both her sophomore and senior years. She is a two-year all-state academic athlete and finished her career with 1,441 set assists with 98 percent set efficiency.
"Ashley not only is a great setter, but brings a lot of experience to the court," said Spartan volleyball coach Terri Strom. "She is a versatile player who can do a lot of things. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know Ashley and be a part of developing her skills at the collegiate level."
Maack is also a four-year starter for the Tiger basketball team, earning all-conference honors twice and honorable mention all-conference status once. She was the 2014 team MVP and Best Offensive Player, led her team with 13 points per game, was a Little Eight Conference All-Conference selection and an Academic All-State selection.
"We are excited Ashley has made the decision to continue her education and athletics at M State," said women's basketball coach Janice Hendrickson. "She is a talented player with a great love of the game."
Ashley is the daughter of Shannon and Rhonda Maack of Rothsay.
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