BOISE, Idaho (7/6/2011) - Gordy Presnell, Boise State University's head women's basketball coach, announced this morning the addition of Ben Finkbeiner to his staff. Finkbeiner's primary responsibilities will be to assist with recruiting and on-floor coaching. He replaces Anthony Turner on the staff who took a position at the University of New Mexico earlier this summer.
"We are excited about Ben joining our staff," said Presnell. "He has done a good job of preparing himself for this position with his work at the three previous schools and all at different levels of competition. He is an energetic young coach who knows how to recruit, as well as being a good floor coach."
Finkbeiner comes to Boise State after three seasons as an assistant coach at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, N.M. He served as the recruiting coordinator, guard position coach, defense coach, strength and conditioning coach and assisted with scouting. This past year NMJC recorded a 20-win season going 20-10 and 6-6 in league. In 2009-10, Finkbeiner helped guide the team to the program's first postseason appearance in eight years, finishing third in the conference with a 16-14 overall mark. During coach Finkbeiner's first season, 2008-09, the Lady T-Birds had a 17 win campaign, an improvement of 14 wins over the previous year. In his final two seasons at NMJC he coached five Lady T-Birds to all-conference honors, two to all-conference honorable mention and one player to NJCAA All-Region 5 honors.
Prior to New Mexico Junior College, Finkbeiner served as a graduate assistant coach for the University of Central Oklahoma's men's basketball team in Edmond, Okla. The UCO Bronchos finished the 2007-2008 season with a 28-6 record while reaching the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Before his two seasons with UCO, Finkbeiner served as the director of basketball operations for the Oral Roberts University women's basketball team in Tulsa, Okla. He assisted the program in winning the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, as well as earning a birth into the NCAA Tournament.
While attending Oral Roberts University, Finkbeiner ran track and pole vaulted during his freshman year. He played one year of college basketball at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, before returning to ORU to coach.
Finkbeiner received his Bachelor of Science Degree at Oral Roberts University in 2006, and his Master of Education Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2008. He is married to the former Alycia Seay, the couple will move to Boise this summer. Ben's father Jerry is the head women's basketball coach at Oral Roberts University and his grandfather Myron Finkbeiner is the founder of the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in Boise.