(Miles City, MT) Miles Community College head women's basketball coach Nate Vogel will resign his position after the conclusion of the 2018-19 season to accept the head coach position of the Texas A&M International University women's basketball team. TAMIU is an NCAA Division II school located in Laredo, TX and a member of the Lone Star Conference.
"I am both excited and sad to hear of Coach Vogel's new job," commented MCC Athletic Director, Jerry Olson. "I am sad for MCC because of the unbelievable job he did and excited for Nate and his family as he moves up the coaching ladder. He moves to a league I spent 13 years in and now is combining with the Lone Star Conference to be the best Division 2 conference in the nation. I want to thank Nate for the great job he did with our teams and the excitement he has created in Miles City with this year's team. They are not only a great team, but even better people. We wish Nate nothing but success as he moves on."
Vogel led the Pioneers to two successful seasons as the head coach at MCC. After taking over a program with no returning players, Vogel led the Pioneers to a 25-8 record and an appearance in the NJCAA Region IX Tournament Final Four in his first season. In addition to his team's success on the court, they were also successful in the classroom with a 3.57 team grade point average, which was good for fourth best in the NJCAA.
Vogel's second year at the helm was one for the record books. The Pioneers completed the first undefeated regular season in program history. The Pioneers started the season winning the early season Conference Tip-Off Tournament and finished the season winning the regular season Conference Championship. Vogel's team is currently sitting on a record breaking, 33-0 season. Vogel was named the Region XIII Coach of the Year, the MonDak Conference Coach of the Year, and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year. Vogel recruited and coached Region XIII Tournament Co-MVP, MonDak Conference MVP, All-Region team member, and All-American, Patrycja Jaworska. Vogel also recruited and coached 1st Team All-Conference player and All-Region team member, Bre Moea'i, and 2nd Team All-Conference player, Claire Borot.
Vogel's teams were also busy serving the community in a variety of ways for a total of 281 hours of community service this year alone.
"I want to thank Coach Vogel for his outstanding work at MCC and creating a great culture of academic and athletic success," commented MCC President, Dr. Stacy Klippenstein. "I wish him well at Texas A&M International."
"We will open the job immediately and will work quickly to have a coach in place to continue the standards that Coach Vogel has set in place," commented Olson. "We want to assure the recruits signed that we will have someone in here quickly that will continue to welcome them to the MCC family."
A search for a replacement is underway.