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Phillipsburg native named coach at Saint Mary

Special to The Hays Daily News

LEAVENWORTH -- The University of Saint Mary hired Bruce Erickson to fill its head coaching vacancy in its women's basketball program.

Erickson, originally from Phillipsburg, was named the coached Thursday.

Erickson has been a longtime fixture in Kansas high school coaching. He coached for 24 years with stops at Salina South, Ellis and Moreland, winning more than 300 games. From those stops, he took on roles as director of basketball operations and director of player development at Oklahoma State University.

Most recently, Erickson was an assistant coach with University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he helped lead the Kangaroos to their first 20-win season in the last 20 years, two 30-won seasons and the program's first trip to the Women's National Invitational Tournament.