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Plankinton native takes head job at Neb. Wesleyan

PLANKINTON -- Newly hired Nebraska Wesleyan University women's basketball coach Britni Fett already has one game highlighted on her schedule. On March 20, Fett, a Plankinton native, was announced as the new women's basketball coach at NWU. Growin...

PLANKINTON -- Newly hired Nebraska Wesleyan University women's basketball coach Britni Fett already has one game highlighted on her schedule.

On March 20, Fett, a Plankinton native, was announced as the new women's basketball coach at NWU. Growing up so close to Mitchell, the game Fett has marked on her schedule is her team's first matchup against Dakota Wesleyan University on Nov. 23.

Fett takes over for Eric Jensen, who resigned at the end of the 2012-2013 season after the Prairie Wolves finished 3-22 overall and 1-19 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Fett was most recently an assistant coach at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis. Lakeland competed in the NCAA's Division III. She was also the head women's golf coach at Lakeland, but she will only coach basketball at Nebraska Wesleyan.

"I definitely jumped on this opportunity right away," Fett said. "When this job opened up, it was the best of both worlds. It was in the GPAC, a conference I was familiar with and it was closer to home."

Fett played her college basketball at the University of Sioux Falls from 2003 to 2007. There, she also began her coaching career as a student-assistant. After finishing her bachelor's degree in business administration, she spent two seasons as a graduate-assistant coach with Concordia University in Wisconsin. While there, she completed her master's in business administration. Fett inherits a Nebraska Wesleyan squad that has never reached the NAIA women's national basketball tournament.

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"My first goal is to really get to know the team on campus right now," she said. "I think we have a lot of good young talent. My job is to get to know them really well before they leave for summer, and then hit the road and find some good talent to go with what we have."

In her youth, Fett saw plenty of basketball in the Corn Palace.

"My uncle took me to every game growing up," Fett said. "It's going to be awesome to coach at the Corn Palace. I grew up watching DWU basketball. ... I know that everyone in Mitchell loves basketball, so I am really excited to get back there."

While Fett is excited to return to South Dakota and coach in her home state, she will have to wait a little longer to coach at the Corn Palace. According to the DWU 2013-2014 women's basketball schedule, the first NWU vs. DWU women's basketball game will take place in Sioux Falls. DWU head coach Jason Christensen said the GPAC game will take place at the Sanford Pentagon because the state volleyball tournament will be going on at the Corn Palace.

Christensen, who just finished up his third and most successful season with DWU, coached against Fett while she was playing basketball at Plankinton. At the time, Christensen was coaching at Mount Vernon.

Fett said her Plankinton teams never beat Christensen while she was in high school, and that if her NWU teams could break through and beat DWU, it would be a big accomplishment.

"I remember coaching against Britni. She was a hard worker and a good kid," said Christensen, a Mitchell native. "I am excited for her. It's great to see another South Dakotan coaching in the GPAC and I am hoping the best for her."

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