Pioneer Basketball Team Earns Honor

Pioneer Basketball Team Earns Honor

Rochester, MN-

The Northland Community & Technical College women's basketball team has claimed the first MCAC / U.S. Marine Corps Team-of-the-Week honor of 2019 for their role in helping head coach Shannon Nelson earn her 200th win with the Pioneer program. 

The "MCAC / U.S. Marine Corps Team-of-the-Week" honor is an awards initiative sponsored by the United States Marine Corps to be conducted over the 2018-19 academic year in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference, recognizing service to community, outstanding performances and strong leadership in MCAC athletic programs. 

Northland dealt Mesabi Range College a 75-43 setback in late December to close out 2018, and in doing so,  provided their mentor with her milestone win.  Nelson and Northland will look to pick up win #201 on January 4 or 5 when they take on two NJCAA Division II programs in Gogebic Community College and Dakota College-Bottineau during the NCTC Classic held in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.  The Pioneers are currently 8-2 on the year and ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA Division III poll. 

Under Nelson, several former players have moved on to four-year programs at the NCAA and NAIA level, including ShaRon Miller, a Blaine, Minnesota product and former Northland All-America selection, currently competing at NCAA Division I Grand Canyon University.  Miller is averaging 10.5 points per game and 5.8 rebounds a contest for GCU. Nelson and Miller led the Pioneers to two NJCAA National Tournament appearances in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.  Miller noted the impact that Coach Nelson had in her development and opportunity to pursue NCAA Division I basketball in this interview from last season.

For more on Northland head coach Shannon Nelson, visit the MCAC profile found here, published originally in June 2017 or visit this link:

Northland Women's Basketball home page is at:

Congratulations to the Northland Community & Technical College women's basketball team and head coach Shannon Nelson for earning 200 wins at the helm of the Pioneer program and the MCAC / U.S. Marine Corps Team-of-the-Week honor to open up 2019. 



This release sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps. 

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The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system.  The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions.  The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.

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Photos Courtesy of Northland Athletics & Grand Canyon University