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Shawn Chaffin
Assistant Coach

Shawn Chaffin begins his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Minot State University women’s basketball program in the 2016-17 season.

In the 2015-16 season Chaffin helped coach MSU to an 11-18 and helped Kari Clements become the first ever player to earn NSIC All-Freshman team honors in school history.

He helped the Beavers to a 12-17 record in the 2014-15 season, placing 13th in the conference to end the season.

In 2013-14, he helped Minot State to a 19-9 overall record, including the first ever win against a NCAA Division II ranked opponent. MISU took down No. 13 Augustana College, 88-71 on Jan. 4 in the Minot State Dome.

In 2012-13, Chaffin helped the Beavers to a 13-14 overall record in their first year in the NCAA Division II and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. He coached Carly Boag, who was named Daktronics All-American Honorable Mention.

The 2011-12 Minot State women's basketball team garnered a major milestone during its transitional year, earning a win over NCAA Division II national qualifier University of Mary. The Beavers were also 5-4 at home and 11-15 overall during the independent year.

Pre Minot State Chaffin was the head coach at UGF from 2006-2010, leading the school to a single season record for wins with 12 in 2007. Before his time at Great Falls, Chaffin was an assistant coach at the University of Montana-Western in Dillon, Mont. At Western, he helped the Bulldogs to three Frontier Conference regular season championships, five tournament championships and six appearances in the NAIA Division I National Tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2002.

As a prep coach, he helped Florence-Carlton High School to the state championship in 1998. He was an assistant coach at Florence-Carlton from 1992-2000.

He has been the past President of the Board of Directors for the Bitterroot Bucs American Legion Baseball program, a NAIA National Tournament Committee Member, Tournament Director of the Las Vegas Shootout NAIA Basketball Tournament and the Frontier Conference men's and women's basketball scheduler.

He handles all aspects of the program but will focus on recruiting for the Beavers.

Prior to joining Minot State, Chaffin worked in the admissions office at Montana State-Northern. He is a 2004 graduate of Montana-Western majoring in Elementary Education.

 

Gary Walhaug
Assistant Coach

Gary Walhaug is entering the 2016-17 season for his 19th season as an assistant coach for the Minot State University women's basketball team.

Walhaug helped the Beavers finish fifth in the 2013-14 season in just their second full season in NCAA Division II and the Northen Sun Intercollegiate Conference. In the Beavers first season in the Northern Sun, 2012-2013, Walhaug helped the Beavers to a 13-14 overall record.

Walhaug has helped the Beavers to four national tournament appearances in seven years, including two runs to the NAIA national quarterfinals in 2008 and 2004.

Along with general assistant duties, Walhaug has been in charge of breaking down schematics on the offensive end. He has a keen eye on seeing how the offense will develop to get points on the board. His knowledge of the game and ability to teach the game to student-athletes has been invaluable to the Beavers success. Walhaug is normally assigned to the perimeter players, scout team and helps with game strategies and recruiting. Head coach Sheila Green Gerding refers to Walhaug as the "Brain" of the Beavers offense as he is an excellent strategist and offensive expert.

Walhaug is currently teaching business classes at Surrey High School in Surrey, N.D. He was the Mustangs head boys basketball coach for 16 years and head girls basketball coach for 17 years. He is one of only five coaches in North Dakota to reach the 300 victory milestone in girls basketball. Walhaug was inducted into the North Dakota Coaches Association in 2009.

He and his wife, Arlene, have two children, Laura and Scott.

 

Paige Wright
Graduate Assistant Coach

Paige Wright begins her first season as a Graduate Assistant Women's Basketball Coach.

Wright is no stranger to NCAA Division II basketball as she played two seasons for California University of Pennsylvania, a powerhouse out of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. She helped her team to the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championship and finished her two-year career with a 57-10 overall record.

She began her collegiate basketball career at Saginaw Valley State in Michigan before transferring to Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio. She helped Owens to a 30-3 record and a conference championship with being named team captain in 2013-14.

While earning her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies at Cal (Pa.), she was a Student-Athlete Mentor at area middle schools, coached at Always 100, Pal Elite AAU and worked at the US Junior Nationals in Washington, D.C., as a court organizer.

Wright, a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Management at MSU.