Rick Dessing joins the L-C coaching staff for the 2005-06 season. The former head men’s basketball coach at Montana Tech in Butte, MT, compiled a 260-244 record during his 16 years at the helm (1985-2001), and led the program to its only two appearances in the NAIA National Tournament. His teams won seven Frontier Conference championships while producing 15 Academic All-Americans. He also compiled the best win-loss record 158-127, and Conference tournament record at 15-8, than any other Frontier Conference school during his 16-year tenure. Dessing was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in April of 2005.
After Montana Tech, Dessing became head coach of the Magic City Snowbears of the Midwestern Basketball Association Pro League, where he led the team to a 14-8 record and a second-place finish. He then spent a year at Mohave Community College in Colorado City, Ariz. as a campus facilitator before becoming head coach and vice president of basketball operations for the Butte Bandits of the All-American Professional Basketball League, a new 10-team league that is scheduled to begin play in November of this year.
Dessing began his coaching career at Bennett High School in Marion, Indiana for five years. His record at Bennett was 57-29 and his 1983-84 team was ranked 17th in the state of Indiana, which happened to be one of the smallest schools in the state’s one class system. They also set a state record that season for field goal percentage, shooting a remarkable 59.6% from the field for the season.
Dessing is a 1979 graduate of Ball State University. He earned a Master’s degree in Administration from the University of Wisconsin in 1985, while also serving as a graduate assistant coach and adjunct instructor at the Big Ten Conference School.
Rick and his wife Lisa
have three children. Their two sons Michael and Craig reside in Butte, MT
and their daughter Haley is a senior at Clarkston High School. Lisa also
works at LCSC in the Business Department. They reside in Clarkston, WA.