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Midland University Names Matt Fritsche as Institution's Second Women's Basketball Coach

Midland University Names Matt Fritsche as Institution's Second Women's Basketball Coach

Apr 30th , 2012

Midland University has announced Matthew Fritsche as just the second women's basketball head coach in the program's history.  Fritsche, a native of Maywood, Neb., comes to Midland after spending the last decade building Bellevue West High School's girls' basketball team into a strong state-wide presence. Fritsche looks to carry his success into the Great Plains Athletic Conference as just the second head coach in the history of Midland University replacing the legendary Joanne Bracker.

"Matt is someone who can continue the legacy that runs so deep within Midland University women's basketball," said Dr. Ben Sasse, President of Midland University. "He possesses the tools to satisfy this need while injecting new energy and competitiveness to expand upon Midland's accomplishments."

Fritsche's impact at Bellevue West stretches across ten years and places him among the winningest coaches in Midwestern women's high school basketball with a career record of 199-56. He has led his teams to state-wide dominance as his squads have won three of the last six Nebraska Class-A State Championships. He has also compounded a list of personal coaching accolades, including being honored as the 2010 Omaha World Herald Coach of the Year and the 2009 Lincoln Journal Star Coach of the Year. From 2009-11 Fritsche earned coach of the year honors from nine separate organizations. In the years to come, he will look to bring an air of enthusiasm to a Midland program with a deep history of success.

"We are going to bring a fun and electric atmosphere to games next season," said Fritsche. "I also plan to focus on tapping into the large pool of local talent and making Midland University the preferred destination for quality high school athletes across the region."

Fritsche's expertise reaches beyond the court to his valuable ability to evaluate talent. He has spent the last year serving on the WBCA Nike All-American Committee, scouting top players from Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. He has also assisted in the selection of players for the WBCA All-American Game and aided in determining which players should be eligible for All-American honors. With strong high school connections across the state, Fritsche has coached four separate age groups of Omaha Crusaders Select teams and was a six year coach of the Pinnacle Banks/Daubert All-Star Basketball U17 team. All throughout, Fritsche has assisted young athletes in the recruitment process.

"Matt has proven his ability to lift programs to the next level of competition," said Nate Neufind, Director of Communications. "He has exactly the right skill-set to mold Midland University women's basketball into an extremely competitive force in the GPAC."

Midland University aims to use Fritsche's experience as a coach and recruiter to build on an already rich tradition of achievement. He replaces the legendary Joanne Bracker, a member of the WBCA Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, who retired earlier this year as the winningest coach in the history of NAIA women's basketball. Midland's women's basketball program has amassed 14 conference championships, including nine consecutive conference titles.  

Fritsche is a graduate of University of Nebraska- Kearney and holds a master's in educational leadership from Doane College. He brings with him his wife, Colleen, and his 11-month old son, Kellen.