NBA legend John Stockton joins Montana State as an assistant coach

Utah Jazz legend and Hall of Famer John Stockton.
Utah Jazz legend and Hall of Famer John Stockton.
Hall of Famer John Stockton joined Montana State University women’s basketball program as an assistant coach for the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign, announced MSU Head Coach Tricia Binford, Tuesday morning. Stockton’s daughter Lindsay, a 5-7 senior guard, plays for MSU. Stockton coached her, along with Bobcat teammate Hannah Caudill, at Gonzaga Prep. In addition, he coached with the Sandpipers AAU team out of Spokane that also included MSU’s Delany Junkermier and Lexi Dawkins.

“With the timing right before the start of the season, we were looking for someone that would offer us the smoothest transition, and John is someone who has been consistently around our program that we respect and trust,” Binford said. “He’s coached four of our current players; he’s always working in a gym; and given his commitment to family and business, we’re very appreciative that he’s agreed to become a part of our program.”

“Coach Binford called and took a flier asking if I’d be interested,” Stockton said. “I’m excited about the prospect of working with the kids. I’ve enjoyed watching the team over the past three years. I had a chance to be around them and develop relationships during their trip to the Bahamas this spring. It will be a fun group to work with.”

Binford and Stockton are still working on logistics for on-court practices and game days. He currently resides in Spokane, Washington.

Stockton will replace Kellee Barney, who announced she was leaving the program to enter private business and be with family in the Seattle area, last week.

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