Minot State Adds Rich McBride as an Assistant Basketball Coach

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Minot State University head men’s basketball coach Matt Murken announced that the program has hired Rich McBride as an assistant coach for the 2016-17 season.

McBride last coached at the University of Illinois Springfield, where he spent three seasons as an assistant coach.

“I’m extremely excited and fortunate to add Rich McBride to Beaver basketball,” Murken said. “He has a wealth of basketball experience at a variety of levels, ranging from coaching at the high school level to working with NBA players. The common theme with coach McBride is his passion for the game and commitment to developing young men both on and off the court. He will be a great fit in the culture of Minot State Basketball and on our campus as a whole.”

He began his coaching career at Lanphier High School in Springfield, Ill., his alma mater where he scored 2,068 points as a prep. He is Lanphier’s all-time leading scorer and is the leading scoring among Springfield’s Class AA players. In four seasons as an assistant coach, he helped Lanphier to a conference and city championship.

He moved on from Lanphier as a player to the Big Ten. McBride earned All-Big Ten honorable mention as a senior and was a part of the 2005 NCAA Final Four team at the University of Illinois. He was team captain and named the Illini’s Most Valuable Player in 2007. McBride finished his career at Illinois as the fifth winningest player in school history, playing in 104 wins during his four seasons.

McBride averaged 9.6 points, 2.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds during his senior campaign including 14 points against Virginia Tech in the NCAA Tournament First Round. His Illini teams advanced to the NCAA tournament in all four of his seasons.
He also has coaching experience at Green County (Ky.) High School and Cairo (Ill.) High School.

McBride will begin his duties immediately as the Beavers are into the exhibition portion of their season. Minot State starts the regular season Nov. 11 in Texas against Henderson State.


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