|HEAD COACH JANET RAYMER|
Janet Raymer enters her fourth season as head women's basketball coach at Chadron State College in 2019-20.
Over the past three years, Raymer's teams have been known for their success on and off the court, with the women's basketball program routinely holding among the highest team grade point averages of any CSC athletics program.
Raymer's ties to the Nebraska and high plains region are strong. This year's roster of 14 players includes 10 who played either high school or junior college basketball, or both, in western Nebraska or Wyoming.
In 2019-20 she returns four starters, and 10 players overall, from a team which was third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for offensive rebounding, and fifth in overall boards.
Raymer recruited, signed and coached former WNCC transfer Kalli Feddersen, a CSC legacy, to consecutive All-RMAC Second Team honors, as the point guard from Rawlins, Wyoming, accomplished the feat of ranking in the top 10 in the league in points, rebounds and assists both seasons. She was the only player in the conference to do so in either season. Feddersen set a new CSC record with 194 free throws made, in 2017-18.
Also that season, Raymer's Eagles were fourth in the RMAC for rebounds per game, with 39.1, and were the league runners-up on the defensive glass. CSC improved statistically in nearly every defensive category as Raymer began to implement her high-energy style of play with as many as three freshmen in the starting lineup. The Eagles began the season with the program's first two non-conference wins since 2010, and finished with an overall record of 6-22.
During her first season as head coach, Raymer got to work on building a roster, after a late start in the summer of 2016. She signed junior transfers Feddersen and Kendra Baucom prior to accepting the head position, while she was a coaching assistant as CSC.
Having already established herself as a tireless recruiter, Raymer came in and immediately focused on local and regional talent, roping freshmen Bailey Brooks, Taryn Fox, Jessica Harvey, Rachel Henkle, and Brittni McCully, as well as junior transfers Mickenzie Brennan, Jessica Lovitt, and Savannah Weidauer. She also brought in transfer Leticia Rodriguez, who later became the team's top three-point shooter, from Northwest Kansas Tech.
Raymer's 2016-17 squad returned five players, and only one of five starters, to implement a brand new system, however the upstart Eagles managed to pull off seven RMAC wins and remained in contention for the playoffs well into mid-February.
Raymer has been involved in the day-to-day affairs of the CSC women's basketball program for a total of five seasons, with two seasons as the coaching assistant. While assisting the Eagles, she was actively involved in recruiting high school athletes in the high school and junior college ranks.
As coaching assistant, Raymer also served as tournament director for the CSC Hoop Shoot, and directed CSC girls' basketball camps. In addition to assisting with practices, scouting, and in-game coaching, she had a part in most of the details of the program including academics, travel, and fund-raising.
She continues to run the Hoop Shoot as well as team and prospect summer camps, and clinics for younger "future Eagles."
Prior to taking the position at Chadron State, Raymer served as the head girls' basketball coach and assistant boys' basketball coach at her alma mater Hay Springs High School just 19 miles outside of Chadron.
She also served the CSC program as a volunteer assistant from 2011-2012, when the program produced its most recent Academic All-American, Kaitlin Petri.
During her ascent into coaching, Raymer held a product demonstration position with technology firm Fiserv, based out of Lincoln, which began shortly after her graduation from CSC in 2003.
Raymer earned four letters on the Chadron State basketball team, starting at point guard three of four seasons. As a senior in 2002-03, Raymer averaged 5.6 points, led the team in both steals and assists and was chosen by her teammates as both the best defensive player and the most valuable player.
Now residing in Chadron, Raymer is a native of Hay Springs.