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Steve Smiley
Head Coach Mens Basketball & Athletics Director

Steve just completed his 3rd season as head coach at national junior college powerhouse Sheridan College. In the past 3 seasons, the Generals overall record is 77-23, winning three consecutive North Sub-Region 9 titles, one Wyoming Conference Title, advancing three times to the Region 9 Final 4 and appearing in two championships game. The Generals also were the host team for the Region 9 Tournament for the 2009-10 season, and Steve was named North Sub-Region 9 Coach of the Year the past two seasons. Over the past three seasons, 7 Generals have signed to play at NCAA Division 1 schools (at schools such as Penn State, Boise State, TCU, San Francisco, Eastern Michigan, etc), and a total of 15 players have moved on to the four-year level to continue their careers. Two of his players were named NJCAA All-Americans (Moustapha Diarra — Honorable Mention, and JR Cadot — 3rd-Team All-American), and six have been named to the prestigious All-Region 9 Team (Moustapha Diarra, Scottie Payne, JR Cadot, Antoine Proctor, Omar McDade, and Jarrell Crayton).

Prior to Sheridan, Steve spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Northern State University (Aberdeen, SD) under the winningest coach in NCAA History, Don Meyer. During his time, the Wolves went 50-12. Prior to his return at NSU, Steve was the head assistant coach at Black Hills State University. During his first year, the Yellow Jackets finished in 2nd place in the Dakota Athletic Conference and lost in the conference championship by one point. Steve finished his senior season at Northern State University (Aberdeen, SD) in the spring of 2004. Steve was a starter since his sophomore season. During his career, Steve led the Northern Sun league in assists for three consecutive seasons. Steve finished second all-time at NSU in career assists with 537, and was only the second player in school history to surpass the 500-assist mark. Steve was the starting point guard for NSU teams that won the conference title during his sophomore and junior seasons. As a senior, Steve won the NSIC Defensive Player of the Year award, and the Wolves posted a final record of 24-7, won the conference tournament for the first time, and played in the NCAA D2 national tournament. Steve was named to the All-Tournament Team, and was also named as the NSIC Tournament MVP. Prior to NSU, Steve played at Pomona High School in Arvada, CO, becoming the first ever four-year starter at PHS while leading the state of Colorado in assists during his junior year, being named All-State during his junior and senior season, and tying or breaking 10 school records, including career assists.

Steve Smiley



Frank McCarthy
Head Coach Womens Basketball

Head Coach Frank McCarthy is beginning his eleventh season at Sheridan College. The Lady Generals are coming off of another outstanding season winning the NJCAA North Sub-Region 9 Title for the 8th consecutive season, and making it to the Region 9 Tournament Quarterfinals.. Not only did the team excel on the court, but also in the classroom, where they finished #4 in the nation with a team GPA of 3.2. Nine of Coach McCarthy's eleven players were named to the Academic All-Region Team this past season. Over this past summer, Coach McCarthy also was honored by his colleagues from the state of Wyoming as he was inducted into the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The 2008-09 season still ranks as one of the best in the history of Sheridan College, winning the NJCAA North Sub-Region and the Region 9 Championship to advance to the National Tournament in Salina, KS. The Generals finished with an overall record of 29-7. The Generals were ranked as high as 13th in the nation, as they led the country in Free Throw % at 72.8% and 3-point % at 48.0%.

Before his move to Sheridan College, McCarthy had an extremely successful venture at Montana State University, a Division I institution in Bozeman, MT. In his final year at MSU Bozeman, Coach McCarthy's team finished second in the Big Sky Conference. The Bobcats gained their best win-loss record in seven years, with an 18-9 standing. Prior to his experience at Bozeman, Coach McCarthy served for 10 years as head coach for the Montana State University – Billings Yellowjackets, a Division two school, where he posted an incredible 190-90 record, becoming the All Time Winningest Coach. Under Coach McCarthy's direction the Yellowjackets advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1999, and a Pacific West Conference crown. In 2009, that team was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Montana State – Billings. His work was rewarded as he was named the Pacific West Coach of the Year, the Region VIII Coach of the Year, and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year honors. Seven of Coach McCarthy's Yellowjackets were named All-Americans, while three were honored with Pacific West Conference Players of the Year. Frequently his teams were polled in the top twenty lists for Division II institutions, while appearing in five consecutive NCAA tournaments, and four straight Pacific West titles. In 2004, he was inducted into the Montana State – Billings Hall of Fame.

Junior College basketball is nothing new to McCarthy. Before taking the position at MSU – Billings, McCarthy led the Eastern Wyoming Lady Lancers to a 19-11 record, setting a new mark for school record victories. His time at EWC earned him the honor of the Wyoming Conference Coach of the Year. He was also named Wyoming Conference Coach of the Year for the 1987-88, 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2007-08 seasons. Previous to his collegiate endeavors, Coach McCarthy was named Wyoming High School Coach of the Year four times, and the winningest High School coach in Powell, Wyoming. He posted an 86-50 record, winning five regional championships and four conference titles, and in his final year of high school coaching, his team advanced to the State Championship game. McCarthy began his coaching career at the Sidney Boy's Club in Australia, returning to the U.S. to head both the boy's and girl's basketball programs at St. Labre High School in Ashland, MT.

Student athlete is the term used to describe Coach McCarthy's recruits and team members. While at MSU Billings, the Yellowjackets were selected eighth overall for WBCA Academic Honor Roll, and had a graduation rate of 97.6%. In 1997-98 all five senior starters were named First Team All-Academic. McCarthy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Eastern Montana College in 1979 and received a Master's Degree in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy in 1988. During the off season Coach McCarthy serves as the head coach for the Wyoming – Montana All Star Classic, a series featuring the ten best players from each state. He has compiled a 564-300 record in 33 years of coaching. Frank and his wife, Amy, have 4 children, sons Jake and McKye, and Luke, and daughter, Taylor.

Frank McCarthy




Marc Gilkerson
Head Coach Rodeo

Sheridan College is pleased to announce its new head rodeo coach and student recruiter, Marc Gilkerson.

“I’m definitely excited to be here in Sheridan,” Gilkerson said. “I am excited about this year’s team.  We have some talent returning as well as some new student athletes that will be fun to watch.”

Gilkerson who was raised and graduated from Hobson, MT, comes to Sheridan College from Cave Creek, Arizona, where he was operating his own business building bits, spurs, and jewelry.

Gilkerson was one of over 20 applicants who a committee at Sheridan College reviewed.

“The main item that really made Marc stand out was his commitment to the sport as well as his commitment to education,” Steve Smiley, SC’s Athletic Director said. “We feel like he can really get people in the community excited about our rodeo team and he will also be a great recruiter for the Enrollment Services Office.”

“The other piece we are excited about is Marc’s ability as a horseman. He has trained and shown several national award-winning working cow horses,” Smiley added. “This experience will add some additional energy to Marc’s coaching. His priorities and his values will fit right in at SC. He has the knowledge to make him a good coach and his values will keep the students going in the right direction. Academics first, rodeo second.”

“I believe that getting a degree is important,” Gilkerson said. “I look forward to helping our young cowgirls and cowboys to reach their potential in the arena, in the classroom, and in life. Sheridan College rodeo has a history of strong teams, I hope we see both our Men’s Team and our Women’s Team at the CNFR in 2010.”

Gilkerson holds a bachelor’s of science degree from Chadron State College. 

His goals for the Sheridan College Rodeo team include helping the students learn the importance of setting goals, hard work and commitment to themselves, their school and their team. The Sheridan College Pat Hamilton Rodeo will be at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds September 25-27.

For more information contact Steve Smiley at 674-6446, ext. 4000, or Gilkerson at ext. 4006.

Marc Gilkerson




Jennifer Stadler
Head Volleyball Coach

Coach Stadler enters her third year as the head coach for Sheridan College. The past year Coach Stadler got married and had a baby boy (Easton). Last season was a rocky one for Coach Stadler and the Generals finishing last in the conference. Coach Stadler had one player receive all-region honors and 2 players receive all-tournament team honors. Stadler also had a student finish with academic all-American honors as well.  In her previous role, Stadler served as the interim head coach at Black Hills State University, Spearfish SD. During her year as the interim head coach, the yellow jackets finished 3rd in the conference with a 13-20 record. Coach Stadler had two players make 2nd team DAC all conference and 5 earn DAC all scholar athlete. Stadler also served as the head assistant coach for the yellow jackets from 2008-2010. While she was the assistant coach the yellow jackets were back to back Dakota Athletic Conference champions and went to the NAIA national tournament for two consecutive years. Stadler assisted the head coach with the recruiting, strength and conditioning, and development of the program. Stadler finished her senior season at Black Hills State University (Spearfish, SD) in 2008. Jennifer was a starter for her two seasons at Black Hills State and led her team in digs per game and passing percentage. Prior to Black Hills, Stadler played for Laramie County Community College. During her career at LCCC Stadler was MVP, all conference, all region and all-tournament team for two consecutive seasons.

Coach Stadler originally from Berthoud Co., received her bachelors of Science degrees in Human Services and Sociology from Black Hills State University in 2008. She earned her master's degree in Strategic Leadership from Black Hills State University in 2011

Jennifer Weitzel




Sheridan College Northern Wyoming Community College District