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Coaching Staff

Kari Francis
Assistant Coach

Kari Francis is in her third season with Minot State University volleyball in 2016, serving as an assistant coach.

In the 2014 season Francis helped Minot State to an 8-12 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, MSU’s best finish in its three seasons in the NSIC. She helped tutor Minot State’s all-time leader in assists Emily Byrne during the season.

She comes to Minot State after coaching eight seasons at North Branch and St. Antony Village in Minnesota, amassing over 100 wins during her prep coaching career. Francis also directed and coached the club volleyball programs at both high schools.

The Elk River, Minn., native had an outstanding career at North Dakota State University as she was the setter for the Bison for four seasons. She finished her career in fourth on NDSU’s all-time assists leaderboard and is seventh in assists per set. She finished with 4,215 assists in four seasons. In 2003, Francis was named a AVCA Division II All-American and was the North Central Conference co-Player of the Year.

Francis is married to Anthony Francis who is a civil engineer with NTI in Minot. They have two children, Brynn and Harper.


Jessica Thompson
Student Assistant Coach

Thompson is in her second season as a student assistant coach for the Minot State University volleyball team. It will be her third year overall as a part of the team.

During 2014, she played for the team, participating in seven matches and starting five. Before joining the Beavers, Thompson attended Kansas City Community College to play volleyball.

Thompson is earning her degree in psychology.