Southwestern Michigan College has announced that it is conducting a nationwide search for a new full-time head coach to lead its women’s basketball program for the 2023-2024 season and beyond.
Current coach Jeanine Wasielewski notified SMC administration June 1 that she has accepted another coaching position and will be moving out of the area.
“It has been an amazing two years at SMC, and I am proud of what our student-athletes, basketball program and athletic department have accomplished in a successful return to intercollegiate competition,” Wasielewski said. “The return of women’s basketball to campus, the success we experienced, and the high-character women I coached will forever be a highlight and lasting memory of my career. I want to thank Dr. Joe Odenwald, Mike O’Brien, Rodell Davis and the outstanding support staff at SMC for the opportunity to lead the program, and I will forever be a part of Roadrunner Nation.”
“We are grateful to Coach Waz for helping us get the program re-started,” said Athletic Director Rodell Davis. “She has done a fine job building a great foundation and we’re sorry to see her go. This is a great opportunity for her, and we wish Coach the best in her personal and professional future. She’ll always be a Roadrunner and we’ll certainly keep in touch.”
Wasielewski and Davis have already spoken with the current members of the team and new recruits to explain the situation and assure them of SMC’s firm commitment to finding a quality coach as soon as possible to build on last season’s success.
After a 26-year hiatus, the SMC’s Women’s Basketball Team returned to NJCAA action in the newly renovated 1st Source Bank Fieldhouse for the 2022-23 season.
In their first year back, with an all-freshman team, the Roadrunners compiled an 18-9 overall record, went 8-4 in the MCCAA Western Conference, dominated at home (13-1) and qualified for the postseason Great Lakes District A Tournament.