MSU men’s basketball adds Randall Herbst as an assistant coach

Minot State University head men’s basketball coach Matt Murken announced Thursday the hiring of Randall Herbst as an assistant coach.

Herbst brings 25-plus years of coaching experience to the Minot State men’s basketball program after spending the last four seasons as an associate head coach with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Herbst guided the Phoenix to one of its most exciting seasons in program history, which saw UW-GB advance to the CIT Championship game before finishing the season 21-17 in 2018-19.

UW-GB also captured the 2015-16 Horizon League Tournament Championship and earned its first appearance at the NCAA Tournament in 20 years.

Before that, Herbst served as the top assistant coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In 2013-14, the Maverick program made its first Division I postseason appearance, where it advanced to the second round.

From 2009-11, Herbst was the head coach at the University of Mary. He led the Marauders to a 38-19 record, including a 23-6 mark in 2010-11. U-Mary won 16 straight conference games to finish 18-4 and finish second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings. The Marauders qualified for the NCAA Division II Central Region tournament for the first time.

While at UNO from 2007-09, Herbst served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator on Derrin Hansen’s staff. In his first Maverick season, Herbst helped guide UNO to a school-record 25 wins, the North Central Conference Tournament title and a second-round appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

The 1993 Winona State graduate also served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at North Dakota from 2000-06. He was the associate head coach at UND from 2004-06. While at North Dakota, Herbst coached three NCC Players of the Year, three All-Americans and the 2003 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, Jerome Beasley, who was drafted by the Miami Heat in the second round of the NBA Draft.

Herbst’s first head coaching experience came at Waldorf Junior College from 1998-2000, where his team notched 19 wins in 1998-99, the second-most in school history. Waldorf was ranked No. 1 in the country in team defense both seasons.

In 2016, Herbst was inducted into the Waldorf University Hall of Fame for his contributions as both a student-athlete on the baseball and basketball teams and later as the head men’s basketball coach.

Herbst’s resume while at Waldorf includes: Two-time All-Region XI selection and two-time NJCAA Academic All-American in basketball and baseball, assistant coach of NIACC’s 1994-95 NJCAA national championship team, head coach of the Waldorf men’s basketball team that ranked second in school history for wins in a season and first in the nation in team defense, 2010-11 North Dakota College Coach of the Year and finalist for the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year award.

— MSU athletics


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