(Editor’s Note: Carroll College athletics release)
HELENA — Carroll College senior guard Bailey Pasta will continue her basketball career, not as a player, but as a graduate assistant coach for the Gonzaga University women’s basketball team.
She has been accepted into the graduate Psychology program at GU and was offered a GA coaching position by head coach Lisa Fortier.
“We are really excited to add Bailey to our staff,” Fortier said. “She has a very high basketball IQ and will be a great coach one day. We love the way she has worked to improve as a player and I know she is going to transfer that work ethic to her coaching endeavors.”
Pasta was a two-year starter and four–year player for the Saints. In her senior season, she helped lead Carroll to the first Frontier Conference title in over a decade and earned the Halo Award for best individual performance for
Academically, she will graduate with a GPA over 3.5 in four years.
“I am very excited for this opportunity for Bailey,” Carroll head coach Rachelle Sayers said. “She is going to be a great coach and Gonzaga is lucky to have her. Lisa does a great job there and we have had multiple conversations about Bailey, so I know that she is equally excited about putting her to work right away. I told Lisa if she impacts her program like she did ours, she will be trying to find a way to keep her on staff for more than two years. ”
Pasta comes from a coaching family — her mom Cyndi is the girl’s basketball coach at Skyview High School in Nampa, Idaho.