Sheridan College Women’s Basketball Coach to Retire at Season’s End

Coach Frank McCarthy has been Lady Generals’ coach for 15 seasons 

Frank McCarthy, a 38-year women’s basketball head coach who has spent the last 15 seasons coaching the Sheridan College Lady Generals, will step down at the end of the season, he announced in a letter to President Paul Young.

“It has really been a great ride,” McCarthy said of his nearly four decades of coaching. “I have enjoyed every aspect of coaching. I have met so many great people and had the opportunity to coach some fabulous athletes and developed some great relationships.”

McCarthy leaves Sheridan College with a 320-155 record, a .673 winning percentage. He has been named regional Coach of the Year six times, and his teams achieved national Top 20 rankings three times. His seven sub-region championships in 15 years stand as a school record.

“Frank McCarthy has been instrumental in the success of the Sheridan College Women’s Basketball program for a decade and a half,” said Athletic Director Jenni Winter. “I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Coach McCarthy began his coaching career in Ashland, Montana, as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Labre Indian School from 1979-1982. He moved to Powell High School at the beginning of the 1982-83 season, where he set a record for most wins in school history in 1987-88. After a year in Torrington as Head Women’s Basketball Coach for Eastern Wyoming College, McCarthy moved to Montana State University – Billings. There, he compiled a record 181-91 over ten seasons, qualifying for the NCAA tournament five times and making it as far as the Elite 8 in 1999, during which the team was ranked 8th in the nation. Following that season, he took over the Head Coaching position at Montana State University – Bozeman a week before the first game; the following year, he turned the program around from a 6-21 finish in 1999-2000 to an 18-9 record in 2000-01. Following his two-year stint in Bozeman, he was hired by Sheridan College.

Under Coach McCarthy’s leadership, the Lady Generals have achieved incredible academic success. During his tenure, the team has had 19 Academic All-Americans, and the team was tops academically in the entire nation in 2009-10. In fact, SC Women’s Basketball has been ranked in the top 12 academically for the past seven years. This, McCarthy notes, is among his proudest achievements.

“Sheridan College has been a marvelous place to work, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the college for the last fifteen years,” McCarthy said. “I am really looking forward to having more time with my wife and children — I just hope my wife is ready for that.”