VanDyke named Oredigger women’s coach

Carly VanDyke is the new head coach of the Montana Tech women’s basketball team.

The school announced today that the former Carroll College player and assistant coach accepted the offer from the school.

“I am excited for the opportunity to coach at Montana Tech,” said VanDyke in a statement released by the school. “I was a student-athlete for four years and an assistant coach in the Frontier Conference for eight years. I am excited to get back to Montana and grateful for the opportunity that the administration at Montana Tech has given me. I am very impressed with the upgrades in facilities and commitment to success in the classroom, in community and on the court. I can’t wait to get started.”

A Chester native, VanDyke has been serving as the assistant coach at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Before that, she spent eight years as an assistant at Carroll.

VanDyke, who earned a degree in health and education from Carroll, served as recruiting coordinator at both schools.

“The hiring of Carly VanDyke as head basketball coach for the lady Orediggers is a great addition to the Digger family,” Tech interim athletic director Bob Green said. “Coach VanDyke’s combination of experience and enthusiasm, plus her knowledge of the Frontier Conference makes her a great choice. I join with our athletes, coaches, campus community and all of Oredigger Nation in welcoming Carly.”

VanDyke replaces DeAnn Craft, who resigned in protest of the firing of athletic director Charles Bradley on Jan. 18.

Assistant Lindsie Wilson coached the Orediggers for the remainder of the season. Wilson did not apply for the job on a full-time basis.