Rachelle Sayers begins year number three as the head coach of the women’s basketball program following a very successful 2012-13 campaign. The Fighting Saints advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NAIA National Tournament. Carroll finished the season with a 21-10 record including a 13-3 Frontier Conference Record, good for second in the conference behind Westminster College.
Sayers experience coaching perimeter players was evident as the Saints finished fifth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage shooting at a .360 clip. Carroll took advantage of a true home-court advantage winning 11 of their 12 contests at the Carroll PE Center. By virtue of their successful play both in the Frontier Conference and the postseason, Carroll finished the season ranked #21 in the NAIA Final National Rankings.
Prior to her arrival her at Carroll in May of 2011, Rachelle spent the previous 14 seasons at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah including the last five as the associate head coach.
During her time at Weber State the Wildcats won a pair of Big Sky regular season titles and two Conference Tournament Championships to earn two trips to the NCAA National Tournament. As an assistant coach with the Wildcats, Rachelle oversaw recruiting as well as developed the guards and perimeter players.
Rachelle was a four-year standout at Weber State and a two-year starter from 1993-96, playing for Coach Carla Taylor. She led the Wildcats in scoring her junior year with 14.9 points per game and was named to the Big Sky All-Conference First Team. The second leading scorer her senior year (11.8 ppg), she helped lead the Wildcats to a second place finish at the Big Sky Championship and earned All-Conference honors for the second straight season. Rachelle is currently the 14th all-time leading scorer in Wildcat history with 1,009 career points. She ranks fifth in Weber State history in career three-pointers made with 149 and is ninth in school history in three-point percentage at .323. Rachelle was also a Big Sky Academic All-Conference selection for two years and the WSU team MVP in 1995.
Rachelle is a native of Absarokee, Montana. She graduated from Weber State in 1997 with a degree in English and in 2006 with a master’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University. Rachelle is married to Keith Sayers and together they are the proud parents of two daughters Keetyn, age 9, Taylor, age 6, and twin boys, Reddic and Rieker, who are 2.
Gary Turcott enters his second season on the bench as the women’s basketball assistant coach, but this will be his 21st year coaching at Carroll. Gary spent 19 years from 1990-2009 as the Head Coach for the men’s basketball team.
"Coach Turcott is a legend, not only at Carroll, but in the entire NAIA. He has so much experience and knowledge and we is an amazing teacher of the game. He has been a mentor for me from day one and our players really respect and look up to him." - Rachelle Sayers
In his 19 years as the head coach for the men’s program, Gary qualified for the national tournament eight times including one trip to the Final Four. He amassed over 300 wins in his career and has the most wins for any coach in Carroll College history. His teams won the Frontier Conference Championship seven times and he was named “Conference Coach of the Year” five times. Of the school’s nine appearances in the national tournament, eight were under Gary’s watch. He was also inducted into the Carroll College Hall of Fame in 2011.
Gary’s primary responsibilities will be defensive coordination, post player development, recruiting, and opponent breakdown.
J.D. is entering his tenth season as an assistant coach after a stellar career for the Fighting Saints men’s team. J.D. is the only NAIA first team All-American in Carroll College men’s basketball history. He helped lead the Fighting Saints to the 2001 Frontier Conference Championship and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament. Solomon was a three-time All-Conference selection and played professional basketball in Luxembourg for one season. Earlier this year J.D. was also inducted into the Carroll College Hall of Fame.
"JD was a great player here and a prodigy of Coach Turcott. He has done great things with our post players and his knowledge of this league and the coaches in this league is invaluable to me. He knows the game inside and out and really does a great job in helping prepare us for our opponents." - Rachelle Sayers
J.D. is directly responsible for the development of the post players, including 2nd Team NAIA All-American Amy Brooks, Frontier Conference MVP and 3rd Team All-American Emili Woody, and All-Frontier Tournament selection Sophi Forney. He is also responsible for film exchange, recruiting, post skill development, and travel preparation, recruiting, and summer camp organization.
J.D. is a 2001 graduate of Carroll College and majored in secondary education with a physical education minor. Originally from Billings, Montana, he is currently a teacher at Capital High School.
Julie enters her second season as a member of the women’s basketball staff. Julie, who is also a pharmacist at St. Peters Hospital, is very familiar with the hard wood. She was a member of the Montana State University basketball team from 1993-1997. During her time at MSU, she helped the Bobcats win the 1993 Big Sky Championship and also earn a birth in the National Tournament. Julie was also a 2-time All-Big Sky Conference honoree and a member of the Montana State Athletics Hall of Fame for her achievements.
Originally form Helena, Julie played her high school ball for Helena High. While with the Bengals she won two State Championships and was a 2-time All-State and 3-time All-Conference selection. She has been inducted into the Helena High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Julie’s primary responsibilities will be recruiting, perimeter player development, fundraising, and host family organization.
The Brown name should be familiar to Carroll fans as Julie’s brother Andy was a standout member on the men’s basketball team from 2000-2004. Julie is married to Chris Petre and together they have three sons; Colter, Cater, and Coll.
Torrie is entering her first year as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team. She graduated from Carroll in 2013 with a double major in Community Health and Health Science. Torrie currently works for A.W.A.R.E., a private, non-profit corporation that provides quality and community based services to those with challenging mental, emotional, and physical needs.
Torrie's primary responsibilities will be guard skill development.
"Torrie finished a remarkable career here at Carroll. I believe she will be a huge asset to our coaching staff. She knows what it takes to be successful here and will be able to help our younger players understand the time and commitment it takes to be the best." - Rachelle Sayers
Torrie is originally from Miles City, MT.
Alecia will be starting her first year as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team. She graduated from Carroll in 2013 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She is started working at Shodair Children's Hospital in May of 2013.
Alecia's primary responsibilities will be guard play and skill development.
"Alecia Wilson is an exciting new addition to our staff. Alecia was a great player at Western and played every position there during her career, her ability to relate to our players and help them on and off the court will be huge for us this year. I'm excited to work with Alecia and knowing that she wants to make coaching a full-time career is very exciting." - Rachelle Sayers
Originally from Helena, Alecia attended Capital High School (Class of 2009) where she played on the basketball team.
Joey is entering her first year as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team. She graduated from Carroll in 2013 receiving a degree in Elementary Education.
Joey played for Weber State University before coming to Carroll. At Weber State Univ., she started all but 1 game her freshman year ans started 19 games her sophomore year. She averaged over 4 points and 5 rebounds for her team. In her first season at Carroll, she had an 8 point and 11 rebound performance in the opening 12 minutes of her first game.
"Joey is also assisting us in practice and in games as our student assistant coach. Joey gives our posts a great advocate and she is exited to teach and share her experiences as well with our younger players." - Rachelle Sayers
Joey is originally from Butte, MT.