Women's Basketball Coach
Janis Beal enters her fifth season as the head coach of the Trappers. Last season the Trappers finished with a 17-16 record advancing to the semifinals of the Region IX Tournament. Two players were named to the All-Tournament team and one was named to the Region IX North All-Region team. The success of the 2012-2013 season went beyond the court with the team receiving the Region IX Sportsmanship Award. Under Beal, the Trappers continued their achievements in the classroom finishing in the top 10 of the WBCA team GPA for the fourth consecutive season, placing 2nd. Last season’s team consisted of six student-athletes being named Region IX Academic All-Region and two were honored by the NJCAA for the academic achievements.
Beal came to Northwest after coaching stops at Snow College in Ephraim, UT; Lovell High School in her hometown of Lovell, Wyoming; and Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. While at Snow College during the 2008-2009 season she was responsible for recruiting, guard development, team travel, and other administrative duties. The Badgers ended the season 3rd in the SWAC. At the high school level from 2007-2008 the Lovell Bulldogs advanced to the state tournament by placing 2nd at the Regional Tournament and two players went on to play collegiate basketball. She coached at Eastern Washington during the 2005-2007 seasons. Eastern Washington is a member of the Division I Big Sky Conference. While at Eastern she was in charge of guard development, team travel, facility scheduling, study table, and assisted in organizing Eagle basketball camps, and recruiting. In 2006 the Eagles ranked 3rd in the nation for team GPA among all NCAA Division I teams.
Prior to coaching she competed for Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT. SUU was then a member of the Mid-Continent Conference, but now competes in the Big Sky Conference. During the 2003-2004 season she helped the T-Birds achieve the most wins in school history (18) and was selected to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Newcomer Team. Beal was chosen as team captain her senior year and following the 2004-2005 season was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team and was also named Second Team All-Mid-Continent Conference. Beal earned Mid-Continent Conference Player of the week honors during the 2004-2005 seasons.
Beal is no stranger to NJCAA basketball. Her collegiate career began here at Northwest College. While at Northwest she was an integral part of the team's 47-16 record from 2001-2003. She ended her freshman season ranked 2nd nationally in the NJCAA poll for points per game averaging 23.6. Both her freshmen and sophomore years she earned Region IX All-Region, All-Tournament Team, and Academic All-Conference Honors. Following her sophomore year she was named the Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference (WCCAC) Player of the Year. She also received Kodak All-American Honorable Mention and NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention honors for the 2002-2003 season. Beal was a member of the 2003 NJCAA Academic National Championship Team.
Beal grew up in Lovell, Wyoming where she was a three-sport athlete (volleyball, basketball, track). She was a member of 2 State Championship Teams: volleyball 1998 & basketball 2000.
Beal earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Southern Utah University in 2005 and then in 2008 completed a master's degree in Human Movement-Sport Conditioning from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona.