BILLINGS -- The success that Jamie Stevens had as a player at Montana State Billings eluded him as a head coach.
Stevens resigned as the Yellowjackets men’s basketball coach on Tuesday.
A standout point guard for MSUB in the late 1990s, Stevens was 89-114 in seven seasons as the head coach. This year’s team finished 13-18 and 5-15 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
“I enjoyed my seven years at MSUB and I was fortunate to work with many great student-athletes that were also very special human beings,” Stevens said in a press release. “I want to thank all of my assistant coaches during my time in Billings. They worked hard, stayed loyal and will forever be part of my life. I was fortunate to work with many other great coaches and staff members, and I thank them as well.”
MSUB officials said a national search for Stevens’ replacement will begin immediately.
“We would like to thank Jamie for his service and dedication to his alma mater over the last seven years,” said MSUB director of athletics Krista Montague in the release. “We want to wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavors.”
Stevens’ 89 career victories ranks him fourth all-time at MSUB. Hired on April 7, 2011, he is the first alumnus to be the head coach of the men’s basketball program.
His best season with the Yellowjackets was his first in 2011-12. The team finished 18-12, won the GNAC Tournament title and qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in a decade.
This year’s team got off to a fast start but was hampered by injuries. Tyler Green, the team’s second-leading scorer, broke both his arms this season, while Daniel Shedden and David Simental were also lost for the year.
As a player, Stevens finished his career with the Yellowjackets as the program’s all-time leader for assists and steals. He guided MSUB to the Pacific West Conference title in 1996 and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II national tournament in 1997.
The 1999 graduate was inducted into the MSUB Hall of Fame and Distinction in 2008.
Prior to arriving in Billings, Stevens spent four seasons as the head coach at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming. He was hired to resurrect a program that has been dormant for almost two decades. He was 53-39 at CWU.
Stevens also spent six seasons as an assistant with Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.