Michelle DeCoud Hired to Lead Women's Basketball Program
Colorado native was a three-time D3 All-American as player
MONMOUTH, Ill. (05/23/2023) — Michelle DeCoud, a three-time Division III All-American player, has been named Monmouth College women's basketball head coach, effective immediately. DeCoud comes to Monmouth from Hastings College, a NAIA program in Hastings, Nebraska. She spent five seasons at Hastings, the last three as assistant coach.
"We are excited to have Coach DeCoud join the athletic department to lead our young women's basketball program," said Monmouth Director of Athletics Roger Haynes. "Her playing background as a DIII All American, coaching experience and basketball knowledge stood out in a talented and deep field of candidates."
"I would like to thank Coach Haynes and all the awesome individuals I met during my visit to Monmouth," said DeCoud, who is the 13th coach in Monmouth program history. "I also want to thank Coach Jina Douglas and everyone at Hastings College for preparing me to confidently take on this role and its responsibilities. From my conversations with Coach Haynes and the Monmouth staff, I can envision myself learning so much from and contributing back to the culture and community at Monmouth. I look forward to leading this group of athletes in a growth-minded, competitive direction."
DeCoud played at the University of Dallas, where she set school records in blocks and shooting percentage while ranking in the top five in rebounds, field goals made and points scored. She finished her career at UD with 1,333 points, a 48.7 field goal percentage, 842 rebounds, 134 blocks, 140 assists and 136 steals. DeCoud graduated from Dallas in 2018 with a bachelor of arts degree in business.
DeCoud was named All-American by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) three times. In 2017-18 she was selected to the first-team after being named second-team in 2016-17 and honorable mention in 2015-16.
DeCoud joined Hastings as a graduate assistant, earning a master of arts in teaching in English language arts in 2020. She stayed at Hastings as an assistant coach and also served as head coach to the junior varsity team. While at Hastings, DeCoud helped the Broncos to two conference finals appearances and a pair of NAIA National Tournament berths.
A native of Monument, Colorado, DeCoud attended Palmer Ridge High School, where she lettered in basketball, track and field, and softball while earning all-state academic awards all four years.
DeCoud succeeds Megan Jones, who had a 24-25 record over two seasons. Jones led the Scots to the 2021-2022 Midwest Conference championship game before they finished in sixth place in 2022-23.