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John Stockton to coach Montana State’s women’s team

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In this photo provided by Montana State University, Montana State coach Tricia Binford watches the final seconds tick down in an NCAA college basketball game against Montana on Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Bozeman, Mont. Montana won 58-55 victory. (AP Photo/Montana State University, Kelly Gorham)


Montana State’s women’s team has added a bit of basketball knowledge to their coaching staff.

John Stockton -- as in the Hall of Famer and former Utah Jazz point guard -- will be an assistant coach with the Bobcats for the rest of the season.

“Coach Binford called and took a flier asking if I’d be interested,” Stockton said in a statement. “I’m excited about the prospect of working with the kids. I’ve enjoyed watching the team over the past three years. I had a chance to be around them and develop relationships during their trip to the Bahamas this spring. It will be a fun group to work with.”

Stockton has previously coached four girls currently on the MSU roster. He coached his daughter, Lindsay, at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane along with her teammate Hannah Caudill. He also coached Delany Junkermier and Lexi Dawkins in AAU ball.

“John is someone who has been consistently around our program that we respect and trust,” head coach Tricia Binford said. “He’s coached four of our current players; he’s always working in a gym; and given his commitment to family and business, we’re very appreciative that he’s agreed to become a part of our program.”