Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Head Coach - Kia Herbel
Kia Herbel has been hired as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at United Tribes Technical College. Herbel hails from New Town, ND and has been an assistant coach at the junior college level the past two years. She spent time as a volunteer student-assistant coach at Bismarck State before joining the Thunderbird staff this past season.
Previous to coaching, Herbel enjoyed an outstanding career as a player, playing two years at Williston State followed by an All-American career at Dickinson State. Following her collegiate career, she played two years of professional basketball overseas in Portugal. Coaching will be a natural fit for Herbel to continue being a part of the game. “Playing the game for so many years and still feeling the same passion made me realize that coaching would be an ideal opportunity to continue to experience basketball and to pass along my knowledge to others. The excitement of sharing in a player’s growth and watching them develop to their full potential is something you don’t get with other careers,” the new head of the Thunderbirds commented.
Having similar experiences as many of the Thunderbird student-athletes should make for a unique perspective during her first days at the helm. “Growing up in a reservation community, basketball provided me with many opportunities, academic and life experiences that may not have otherwise been possible. I am eager to share my story with others in similar positions and assist them in making the most of their skills to open doors to their futures,” Herbel said.
Jason Harris, Head Coach at Bismarck State College where Herbel helped as a volunteer assistant, knows the value Herbel brings to a program. “United Tribes is getting exactly what any good basketball program wants and needs-a strong leader with good basketball knowledge. Kia is a very good, young and upcoming coach and United Tribes will benefit from having her lead the program.”
Athletic Director Hunter Berg looks forward to working with Herbel again, having coached her at Williston State. “We’re very excited to have Kia as part of our staff. We’re gaining a great worker who is committed to recruiting and developing players at a high level. She’s done a great job in recruiting up to this point and I know her passion for the game will be a great asset to our team and to the players. From a player development standpoint, she’s done all of the things she’ll be asking our players to do. Having personally witnessed her work ethic and improvement as a player, I believe her coaching career will parallel her playing career with the hard work leading to continued success.”