BOZEMAN — Montana State’s Peyton Ferris returned to the Treasure State at the end of last year following her retirement from pro basketball overseas. Although she may have stepped away from the court, she only took a few short steps to the sidelines, stepping into her new role as the assistant to the head coach for Bobcat women's basketball.
“It wasn’t in my initial plan to get back into basketball right away, or even a full steady job right away," Ferris said. "My main plan is I knew I wanted to come back and enroll into some extra schooling to get set up for a job in the future, and I reached out to Coach Bin (Montana State head women's basketball coach Tricia Binford) and kind of told her that was my interest and this came up.”
Ferris made her debut on the sidelines against Weber State earlier this month, wasting no time stepping into her new role.
“It definitely was a different perspective, but it’s just being back in the same program and the pride that this program does hold and just taking it all in," Ferris added.
The former 2017 Big Sky Conference MVP will oversee operations and other administrative duties while pursuing a degree in school counseling this upcoming fall.
“I have to make sure things go smoothly for them, but organizing the travel is one of the big parts I’m getting into, making sure everyone is fed on the road," Ferris said. "Whatever the coaching staff needs (like) getting Coach Bin her V8s. That’s one of the higher ones on the list.”
But as far as her lifelong career plan, Ferris is still weighing her options.
“I just love the game so much," she said. "I can’t really give an answer of down the road. I just want to be happy with whatever I’m doing. If it’s happiness in the basketball department of course I’m going to stay with it, but if it comes down to the point of where I still feel there are some callings that I’m missing out on, then I want something to fall back on as well.”