Lexie Nelson, Alicia Nichols join Tech women’s staff

Lexie Nelson has returned home to coach basketball.

The Butte High basketball legend and former Eastern Washington star will join the coaching staff of the Montana Tech women’s basketball team, head coach Carly VanDyke-Sanon announced Monday.

VanDyke-Sanon also announced the addition Alicia Nichols to her coaching staff.

“I am thrilled to have Alicia and Lexie on the staff,” VanDyke-Sanon said in a statement. “Each of them brings a wide range of basketball knowledge to our program and have great abilities to communicate with and develop players. They will help our program get to the next level.”

Nelson will work with point guards while also coordinating strength and conditioning for the Orediggers.

She spent the last three years at Eastern Washington, where she guided the Eagles to a pair of WNIT appearances. Nelson, the all-time leading scorer in Butte High history, started 95 games for the Eagles scoring 1,388 points and averaging 14.6 points per contest. Nelson is a three-time All-Big Sky honoree and was named to the Big Sky All-Academic Team three straight seasons.

Nelson, who was named the 2010 Montana Gatorade Player of the Year and the 2010 Miss Basketball Montana, started her college career at the University of Montana after leading the Bulldogs to second place at the Class AA State tournament two straight seasons.

She was a four-time All-State selection. Nelson graduated from EWU with a degree in Exercise Science.

Nichols comes to Montana Tech following a one-year stint as the assistant varsity girls coach and head JV girls coach at Bruch High School in Brush, Colorado. Nichols helped guide the Beetdiggers advance to the second round of the 3A Colorado State Tournament.

Nichols was a two-year letterwinner at Colorado State University where she aided the Rams to a Mountain West Regular Season Championship and a WNIT appearance her senior year. Prior to joining CSU, Nichols spent two years at Northern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. While with the Plainswomen, Nichols was named Region 9 All-Regional Team and Region 9 All-Tournament team.

Nichols will work with all the perimeter players as well as handle the team’s travel, community outreach and monitor academic success.

Nichols graduated from Colorado State with dual degrees in Animal Science and Agriculture Business.

The Orediggers open the season Oct. 18 at home against the Northwest Indian College.

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