Janis Beal enters her eighth season as the head coach of the Trappers. Last year the Trappers were a part of Beal surpassing 100 career wins here at Northwest College. Throughout Coach Beal’s tenure, the Trappers have advanced to the semi-finals of the Region IX Tournament twice (2013 & 2015), received the Region IX Sportsmanship Award (2013), had five players named to the All-Region IX Team, and three players named to the Region IX All-Defensive Team.
Under Beal, the Trappers continued their achievements in the classroom. This past season, the Trappers were named the top team in the nation by the WBCA for team GPA among two year colleges with a 3.575 GPA. This marks the seventh consecutive season under Beal that the Trappers have finished in the top 10. Last season’s team consisted of ten student-athletes being named Region IX Academic All-Region and six were honored nationally by receiving different NJCAA Academic All-American awards.
Beal came to Northwest after coaching stops at Snow College in Ephraim, UT; Lovell High School in her hometown of Lovell, Wyoming; and Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. While at Snow College during the 2008-2009 season she was responsible for recruiting, guard development, team travel, and other administrative duties. The Badgers ended the season 3rd in the SWAC. At the high school level from 2007-2008 the Lovell Bulldogs advanced to the state tournament by placing 2nd at the Regional Tournament and two players went on to play collegiate basketball. She coached at Eastern Washington during the 2005-2007 seasons. Eastern Washington is a member of the Division I Big Sky Conference. While at Eastern she was in charge of guard development, team travel, facility scheduling, study table, and assisted in organizing Eagle basketball camps, and recruiting. In 2006 the Eagles ranked 3rd in the nation for team GPA among all NCAA Division I teams.
Prior to coaching she competed for Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT. SUU was then a member of the Mid-Continent Conference, but now competes in the Big Sky Conference. During the 2003-2004 season she helped the T-Birds achieve the most wins in school history (18) and was selected to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Newcomer Team. Beal was chosen as team captain her senior year and following the 2004-2005 season was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team and was also named Second Team All-Mid-Continent Conference. Beal earned Mid-Continent Conference Player of the week honors during the 2004-2005 seasons.
Beal is no stranger to NJCAA basketball. Her collegiate career began here at Northwest College. While at Northwest she was an integral part of the team's 47-16 record from 2001-2003. She ended her freshman season ranked 2nd nationally in the NJCAA poll for points per game averaging 23.6. Both her freshmen and sophomore years she earned Region IX All-Region, All-Tournament Team, and Academic All-Conference Honors. Following her sophomore year she was named the Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference (WCCAC) Player of the Year. She also received Kodak All-American Honorable Mention and NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention honors for the 2002-2003 season. Beal was a member of the 2003 NJCAA Academic National Championship Team.
Beal grew up in Lovell, Wyoming where she was a three-sport athlete (volleyball, basketball, track). She was a member of 2 State Championship Teams: volleyball 1998 & basketball 2000.
Beal earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Southern Utah University in 2005 and then in 2008 completed a master's degree in Human Movement-Sport Conditioning from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona.