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Tetons Women's Basketball Tag Interim Coach

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
Posted by Bo Saeton

Williston, ND - With the departure of Hunter Berg this past week, Luanne Axelson has been named the interim head women's basketball coach at Williston State College. Axelson was an assistant with the Teton women's program last year under former head coach Tom Suelzle. She helped guide the team to a Mon-Dak Conference Championship and a Region XIII Championship.

A native of North Dakota, Axleson started her coaching career in Trenton, N.D. where she was an assistant coach for Gene LaFromboise for two years. She helped guide the Tigers to their first state appearance in school history. During that time she also played basketball for UND-Williston under the direction of Penny Slagle. Axelson was part of the 1981 team that went on to take 4th place at the NJCAA National Tournament and was also awarded the Alberta Lee Sportsmanship Award. Her team was recently inducted into the Teton Hall of Fame.

Axelson went on to the University of Mary where she finished her collegiate playing career and earned a Bachelor of Science. She spent the following season as an assistant at the University under the direction of Cal Collins. In 1989, Axelson moved to Shoshone, ID and took the assistant position at Shoshone High School. During her 12 years at the school, their team made it to the State Tournament 11 times. She then took her first head coaching job in Hagerman, ID. In her six seasons they made five state tournament appearances.

In 2007, Axelson took her second head coaching position at Gooding High School. In two short seasons she was able to turn the program around and get her team to the state tournament for the first time in over five years.

"We are excited that Luanne has accepted the challenge," said Terry Olson. "I know that our players like Luann and it was important for us to have some consistency going into this season. As a former alum with head coaching experience, we are very fortunate to have her at the helm."