Brian Holsinger Joins Daugherty's Staff

May 4, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Washington State University Women's Head Basketball Coach June Daugherty announced today the hiring of Brian Holsinger to fill one of the vacant assistant coaching positions.

Holsinger, who graduated from Federal Way (Wash.) High in 1994, joins the WSU staff after two years as the women's head coach at Montana Tech, where his Oredigger team was 15-7 this past season.

'I'm really proud to have Brian Holsinger joining our program,' Daugherty commented. 'He is an accomplished coach who will be a great teacher for our student-athletes at Washington State.

'Brian also is obviously an accomplished recruiter. He is going to be a great addition to the Cougar basketball family and we are looking forward to getting him started in Pullman,' added Daugherty.

Holsinger is a 1999 graduate of Western Washington University with a degree in biology. He also attended Pacific University in Oregon and played basketball as a freshman for the Boxers, 1994-95, before transferring to WWU after his freshman year.

'I am looking forward to coaching with a proven coach like June Daugherty and her husband Mike. 'I am also excited about turning Washington State into a player in the Pacific-10 Conference,' Holsinger said. 'This is a wonderful opportunity to be involved with a great Pac-10 institution.'

WSU's new assistant started his coaching career at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, Calif., where he had a five-year run as the assistant head coach. The Mustangs were 132-58 and made four NAIA national tournament appearances during his tenure. He was named Montana Tech's women's head coach in July, 2005.

Holsinger is not the first basketball coach WSU officials have hired from Montana Tech. In 1985 Len Stevens selected men's head coach Kelvin Sampson as one of his assistants. Sampson later directed WSU's men's program for seven successful seasons and is now the head coach at Indiana.

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