Tricia Binford – Women’s Basketball Coach
Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year 2019-2020
Big Sky Conference Champions 2019-2020
Big Sky 2019-2020 MVP: Fallyn Freije
Big Sky Student of the Year 2019-2020: Darian White
Big Sky Conference 2019-2020 Top Book: Tori Martell
Survey of selected 2019-2020 preseason coaches
First 2019-2020 preseason media survey
Big Sky 2019-2020 preseason MVP: Fallyn Freije
Big Sky 2019-2020 Pre-Season Plenary: Oliana Squires
Newcomer of the year 2018-19 Big Sky Conference: Claire Lundberg
2016-17 NCAA Tournament First Round, Participant
2016-17 Big Sky Conference Regular Season Champions
Big Sky Conference Tournament 2016-17 Champions
* Big Sky 2016-17 preseason MVP: Peyton Ferris
* Big Sky 2016-17 MVP: Peyton Ferris
* 2016-17 Big Sky Conference Tournament MVP: Peyton Ferris
2015-16 Big Sky Conference Regular Season Champions
WNIT 2015-16 first round, participant
* 2015-16 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year: Tricia Binford
* Big Sky 2015-16 MVP: Jasmine Hommes
* Newcomer of the year 2015-16 Big Sky Conference: Riley Nordgaard
* Big Sky 2015-16 conference first reserve: Peyton Ferris
State of Montana 2015-2018 broke or bound 24 school records
When Tricia Binford took over the Montana state women’s basketball program in the spring of 2005, she inherited a program in search of stability and someone to bring the Bobcats back to the upper echelons of the Big Sky Conference. .
Now, 15 years later, the former Boise State and WNBA is MSU’s longest-serving and winningest coach in history with an unprecedented level of excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the world. within the community. These three characteristics make Bobcat basketball one of the most respected programs in the country.
Over the past 13 seasons, Binford hasn’t seen a losing season, a stretch that ranks No.1 in the annals of Bobcat women’s basketball. The MSU averaged 2,322 fans during the 2018-19 campaign, placing second in the Big Sky Conference and among the top 61 of all NCAA Division I women’s hoops. To say that Binford has turned MSU, Worthington Arena and the Great Gallatin Valley into a hotbed for sport is an understatement. The Cats have won 54 of their last 62 games within the friendly bounds of the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, which includes Montana State’s 31-game winning streak on the field (December 2015 to January 2018), which placed second after the national power UConn at the time the streak was broken.
Last winter, and for the 14th consecutive season, the Bobcats did not have a losing record in Big Sky action. The Bobcats finished 19-1 in the Big Sky Conference League. No other women’s basketball program in Big Sky history has ever won 19 conference games. For his efforts, MSU entered the Big Sky Conference 2020 tournament as the No.1 seed.
Three years ago, Binford enjoyed his most prolific season as head coach on the Bozeman campus. She guided the Bobcats to a 25-7 school record and her 15 Big Sky Conference wins were also the most school history. Additionally, Binford guided MSU to the 2016-17 regular season and Big Sky tournament titles and her first NCAA tournament appearance since the 1993 campaign. Individually, she mentored senior Peyton Ferris, who received honors from 2016-2017 Big Sky Preseason MVP, Big Sky Regular Season MVP and Big Sky Tournament MVP.
On the pitch, Binford’s teams were part of four league games, winning the Big Sky Tournament title in 2017, while his appearance at the 2020 league game was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. MSU has made 14 straight playoff appearances, including possession of the No.1 seed in 2016, 2017 and 2020. In class, the Bobcats have been ranked among the top 12 academic teams in the country at the Division level. I of the NCAA in five of the past eleven years. And, within the community, the women’s program has consistently given back of its time.
Few programs in the country can boast of a trio like the ones Binford and staff have put together at Montana State.
Binford has notched 253 career victories at Montana State, which ranks MSU’s first-ever women’s basketball coach and fourth in Big Sky history.
In his 15 years in the Gallatin Valley, Binford has produced a whopping 104 Big Sky All-Academic Conference winners; 32 Big Sky Conference Player of the Week; 28 artists from the All-Big Sky conference; a two-time All-America Academic; five recipients of the CoSIDA Academic All District VII; three Big Sky MVPs – Fallyn Freije, Peyton Ferris and Jasmine Hommes; two Big Sky Conference Defensive Players of the Year; three Big Sky newcomers of the year; two freshmen from the Big Sky conference; three Big Sky Top reserves of the year; an honorable All-America mention to Katie Bussey in 2012; and five MSU / Big Sky Conference Female Athletes of the Year.
Binford became the 11th head coach of women’s basketball in the state of Montana on April 13, 2005. Prior to MSU, Binford, served two seasons in the state of Utah. At USU, Binford got his coaching wings under head coach Raegan Scott-Pebley. The duo helped restore the Aggie program after a 16-year hiatus. Along with the Aggies, Binford was responsible for recruiting, defense and guard play.
Binford was also an assistant coach at her alma mater – Boise State University – from 1999 to 2001.
Binford was the 31st overall pick in the 1998 WNBA Draft and played professionally with the Cleveland Rockers from 1999 to 2002, where she played on the 2001 Eastern Conference Championship squad. played with the Utah Starzz from 1998 to 1999.
She also played professionally in Australia for two years, including with the Brisbane Blazers, Latrobe Demons and Launceston Tornadoes of the NWBL.
Playing in the NWBL in 1997, she set a single-game scoring record with 67 points – which was part of a quadruple double with 14 assists, ten steals and ten rebounds.
As Tricia Bader, she has been selected three times for the All-Big Sky Conference on some of the best teams in Boise State history. She led the Broncos to a national ranking and to the NCAA tournament.
Binford was also a member of the 1993 West team at the US Olympic Festival, coached by current Connecticut chief Geno Auriemma.
For her efforts, she was named the Idaho NCAA Woman of the Year in 1996 and was inducted into the Boise State Hall of Fame in 2001.
Binford left Boise State with the school’s career record and was second in interceptions. She posted a career of 1,171 points – all from the point guard position.
Binford prepared at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, Colo., Where she was Colorado’s Player of the Year and a Street and Smith’s High School All-American in 1991.
She graduated from Boise State Criminal Justice in 1995.
PERSONAL INFORMATIONS: Born February 26, 1973 in Decatur, IL … daughter of Jim and Lyn Bader … has sister Kristin Hall and brother Jeff … her husband Todd graduated from Idaho (’96) … two children, Justin and Brooklyn.
|2015-16||21-10||14-4||1st||BSC regular season champions; First round WNIT|
|2016-17||25-7||15-3||1st||BSC regular season champions; BSC Tournament Champions; NCAA First Round|
|2019-20||25-6||19-1||1st||BSC Champions – COVID no NCAA|
|Total||253-202||157-105||.556 Global Percentage of Earnings|