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Chelsey Gregg
Associate Head Coach

Chelsey Gregg (formerly Zimmerman) helped lead the Vikings to the program’s best Division I season in her first year as associate head coach during the 2018-19 season.

The Vikings won only their second Big Sky tournament title during the 2018-19 season, and advanced to the NCAA tournament for only the second time in program history. Kennedy and the 2018-19 Vikings also made history while going 25-8 overall, the most wins in a season during the program’s Big Sky era. The Vikings also tied Big Sky era records for home wins (14) and Big Sky wins (14), and set a new Big Sky era record for road winning percentage (.615).

Ashley Bolston, one of Gregg’s charges as the team’s primary guard coach, led the Vikings to the Big Sky tournament title as she was named the tournament MVP after averaging 14.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in the Vikings’ three wins at the tournament. Bolston was also named to the All-Big Sky second team after a regular season in which she became just the second Big Sky athlete to record two triple-doubles in a season between her performances against UC Davis (21 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) and the University of Portland (19 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and nine steals).

Bolston also moved into the career top 10 for scoring during the 2018-19 season, along with fellow senior Sidney Rielly. Rielly finished fourth (1,501 points) on the all-time scoring list after becoming just the fourth PSU player to score over 1,500 points her career, while Bolston finished ninth with 1,334 career points. Rielly led the Vikings with 14.0 points per game during the season, and was named to the All-Big Sky first team following the regular season. Rielly was the first Viking to be named to the All-Big Sky first team since Eryn Jones made the first team following the 2010-11 season.

Courtney West became only the second Viking to be named the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year, after leading the Big Sky in blocks for the third straight season. West broke her own single-game record with nine blocks against Southern Utah on Jan. 17, and finished the season with 85 blocks, second to only her 94 blocks as a redshirt sophomore in 2016-17.

Desirae Hansen also became just the second Viking to earn Top Reserve honors from the Big Sky as she shared the honor with Eastern Washington’s Uriah Howard. Hansen earned the honor after averaging 8.3 points per game in Big Sky play, and went on to hit the game-winning shot in the Vikings’ 61-59 win over Eastern Washington in the championship game of the Big Sky tournament.

Kylie Jimenez was named an All-Big Sky honorable mention after leading the Big Sky with 2.6 steals per game while also ranking second in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3) and third in assists per game (4.7). Jimenez was also named to the All-Big Sky tournament team, after she scored a game-high 22 points in the Vikings’ 75-59 upset win of top-seeded Idaho in the semifinals of the Big Sky tournament.

Jimenez and Bolston each ranked in the top five of the Big Sky in terms of assists per game, while the Vikings led the Big Sky and ranked 13th in the nation with 17.2 assists per game as a team. The Vikings finished with 569 total assists during the season, the most assists by a Viking team during the program’s Big Sky era. The Vikings also set a Big Sky era program record with 1,289 rebounds during the season.

The assist and rebound records came as part of a season-long statistical dominance for the Vikings during the 2018-19 season. The Vikings led the Big Sky in eight different statistical categories, and ranked second in the conference in five more. The Vikings led the Big Sky in scoring margin (+10.4), field goal percentage defense (.356), free throw percentage (.790), defensive rebounds per game (28.1), assists per game (17.2), turnover margin (+1.39), steals per game (9.8) and blocks per game (5.3).

The Vikings’ .790 free throw percentage in 2018-19 also ranked them fourth nationally in the category. The Vikings also ranked in the top 25 of the nation for assists per game (13th, 17.2), field goal percentage defense (13th, .356) and blocks per game (15th, 5.3).

Additionally, the Vikings earned national recognition for their standout 2018-19 season, as they twice were ranked eighth in the espnW Mid-Major Poll, and made two appearances in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. The Vikings had never appeared in either poll before the season.

Gregg was also instrumental in Jimenez being named the 2017-18 Big Sky Freshman of the Year, making her the first Viking to earn the honor since Kelli Valentine following the 2007-08 season. Jimenez earned the honor while leading the Big Sky with a 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, and also ranked fourth and seventh in assists per game (4.5) and steals per game (1.8), respectively.

Kiana Brown also led the Big Sky and ranked seventh in the nation with a .898 free throw percentage in 2017-18. As a team, the Vikings ranked second in the Big Sky and fifth in the nation with a .786 team free throw percentage – the second highest single-season free throw percentage in program history.

Gregg helped the Vikings post the biggest turnaround in team field goal percentage in 2016-17, when the Vikings shot .450 as a team after shooting .358 from the field in 2015-16. Rielly posted the top field goal percentage in the nation by a guard that year, as she shot .530 from the field.

The Vikings’ .450 field goal percentage in 2016-17 was the team’s best shooting mark since joining the Big Sky before the 1996-97 season. Gregg also helped the Vikings post the top three-point field goal percentage in their Big Sky era in 2017-18, when the Vikings shot .359 from beyond the arc.

As associate head coach, Gregg serves as the Vikings’ recruiting and academic coordinator, and oversees the team’s guard development while assisting in scouting and on-court coaching. Gregg also leads the Vikings’ social media efforts, serves as the program’s travel manager, and leads the program’s summer camps.

Gregg came to the park blocks after serving two seasons as an assistant coach under head coach Lynn Kennedy at Southern Oregon University, where she played collegiately. While at Southern Oregon, Gregg served as the travel coordinator and was responsible for student-athlete academic standards, monitoring, and retention.

During her time in Ashland, Gregg was part of two of the best teams in program history, both as a player and as a coach. Gregg and the Raiders went 29-5 during her senior season in 2007-08, and then went 27-5 record in 2014-15 with Gregg as an assistant. The Raiders also made the NAIA Sweet 16 in 2014-15, and were ranked as high as eighth in the nation that season.

Gregg also spent four years as an assistant coach at the University of Great Falls (now the University of Providence). Gregg assisted with scheduling, scouting, player development, academics, budgeting and on-court coaching while at Great Falls, and served as the program’s camp director. Gregg coached a pair of future NAIA All-Americans while at Great Falls, and helped the team rank among the best academic teams in the NAIA with a 3.65 GPA in 2013.

Gregg graduated from the University of Great Falls with an M.A. in Secondary Education in 2011. Gregg graduated from Southern Oregon in 2009 with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education and a minor in Spanish.


Keithan Gregg
Assistant Coach

Keithan Gregg helped lead the Vikings to the program’s best Division I season in his second year as a full-time assistant for the Vikings.

The Vikings won only their second Big Sky tournament title during the 2018-19 season, and advanced to the NCAA tournament for only the second time in program history. Kennedy and the 2018-19 Vikings also made history while going 25-8 overall, the most wins in a season during the program’s Big Sky era. The Vikings also tied Big Sky era records for home wins (14) and Big Sky wins (14), and set a new Big Sky era record for road winning percentage (.615).

Ashley Bolston, one of Gregg’s charges as the team’s primary guard coach, led the Vikings to the Big Sky tournament title as she was named the tournament MVP after averaging 14.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in the Vikings’ three wins at the tournament. Bolston was also named to the All-Big Sky second team after a regular season in which she became just the second Big Sky athlete to record two triple-doubles in a season between her performances against UC Davis (21 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) and the University of Portland (19 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and nine steals).

Bolston also moved into the career top 10 for scoring during the 2018-19 season, along with fellow senior guard Sidney Rielly. Rielly finished fourth (1,501 points) on the all-time scoring list after becoming just the fourth PSU player to score over 1,500 points her career, while Bolston finished ninth with 1,334 career points. Rielly led the Vikings with 14.0 points per game during the season, and was named to the All-Big Sky first team following the regular season. Rielly was the first Viking to be named to the All-Big Sky first team since Eryn Jones made the first team following the 2010-11 season.

Desirae Hansen also became just the second Viking to earn Top Reserve honors from the Big Sky as she shared the honor with Eastern Washington’s Uriah Howard. Hansen earned the honor after averaging 8.3 points per game in Big Sky play, and went on to hit the game-winning shot in the Vikings’ 61-59 win over Eastern Washington in the championship game of the Big Sky tournament.

Kylie Jimenez was named an All-Big Sky honorable mention after leading the Big Sky with 2.6 steals per game while also ranking second in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3) and third in assists per game (4.7). Jimenez was also named to the All-Big Sky tournament team, after she scored a game-high 22 points in the Vikings’ 75-59 upset win of top-seeded Idaho in the semifinals of the Big Sky tournament.

Jimenez and Bolston each ranked in the top five of the Big Sky in terms of assists per game, while the Vikings led the Big Sky and ranked 13th in the nation with 17.2 assists per game as a team. The Vikings finished with 569 total assists during the season, the most assists by a Viking team during the program’s Big Sky era.

In his first year as a full-time assistant in 2017-18, Gregg helped assist in the development of All-Big Sky guards Ashley Bolston and Sidney Rielly. Bolston and Rielly earned All-Big Sky second- and third-team honors, respectively, following the season, while Bolston ranked 10th in the Big Sky with 16.6 points per game.

Rielly joined the 1,000 points club during the 2017-18 season, making her just the third Viking to ever reach the benchmark after only two years in the program. Rielly went over 1,000 points while leading the team with 24 points in the Viking’s Big Sky first-round win over Northern Arizona on March 5, 2018.

Gregg was also instrumental in Kylie Jimenez being named the 2017-18 Big Sky Freshman of the Year, making her the first Viking to earn the honor since Kelli Valentine following the 2007-08 season. Jimenez earned the honor while leading the Big Sky with a 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio, and also ranked fourth and seventh in assists per game (4.5) and steals per game (1.8), respectively.

Kiana Brown also led the Big Sky and ranked seventh in the nation with a .898 free throw percentage in 2017-18. As a team, the Vikings ranked second in the Big Sky and fifth in the nation with a .786 team free throw percentage – the second highest single-season free throw percentage in program history.

Additionally, the Vikings posted the top three-point field goal percentage since joining the Big Sky in 2017-18, shooting .359 from beyond the arc.

Gregg serves as the scouting and defensive coordinator for the Vikings, and directs the team’s use of analytics and advanced stats. Gregg also assists with recruiting and guard development, oversees the team’s Courtside Club, and serves as the team’s Nike liaison.

Gregg spent his first two seasons on the Park Blocks as the Director of Basketball Operations & Analytics for the Portland State women’s basketball team. He served in a similar capacity for the Portland State men’s basketball team in 2016-17.

A native of Cut Bank, Mont., Gregg played three years of basketball at the University of Great Falls (now the University of Providence) from 2005-2006 and then from 2007-2009. He led the NAIA in assists during the 2005-06 season.

He became the assistant coach at Great Falls in 2009 and coached there for five seasons, helping the team get as high as No. 21 in the nation in 2013. He recruited the 2013 and 2014 Frontier Conference Player of the Year in Marcel Towns.

Gregg became the Ashland High School Head Boys’ Basketball coach for the 2014-15 season, and led the team to a 12-12 record and a first-round appearance at the Oregon 5A state tournament, two years removed from a one-win season. Gregg coached Collin Malcom, an All-Midwestern conference first-team selection who went on to become an NAIA honorable mention All-American at Warner Pacific in 2017-18. Gregg also led the Ashland High School Girl’s Tennis team to the 2015 Oregon 5A State Championship as its head coach.

Gregg earned a Master’s Degree in organizational management from the University of Great Falls in 2013. Gregg also earned his Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education from Great Falls in 2010.


Carly Meister
Assistant Coach

Carly Meister helped lead the Vikings to the program’s best Division I season in her first year as a full-time assistant for Portland State.

The Vikings won only their second Big Sky tournament title during the 2018-19 season, and advanced to the NCAA tournament for only the second time in program history. Kennedy and the 2018-19 Vikings also made history while going 25-8 overall, the most wins in a season during the program’s Big Sky era. The Vikings also tied Big Sky era records for home wins (14) and Big Sky wins (14), and set a new Big Sky era record for road winning percentage (.615).

Meister helped forward Courtney West became only the second Viking to be named the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year, after West led the Big Sky in blocks for the third straight season. West broke her own single-game record with nine blocks against Southern Utah on Jan. 17, and finished the season with 85 blocks, second to only her 94 blocks as a redshirt sophomore in 2016-17.

West became the Vikings’ all-time leader in blocked shots during Meister’s first year in the program during the 2017-18 season. West broke the career record with five blocks in the Vikings’ 82-72 road win over UC Irvine on Dec. 16, 2017. West finished her career with 260 career blocks, more than twice that of the No. 2 player on the career list at Portland State.

Meister was elevated to a full-time assistant coach ahead of the 2018-19 season, after spending the 2017-18 season as the Vikings’ Director of Basketball Operations and Analysis. In her role as a full-time assistant, Meister serves as the team’s community relations director while assisting in recruiting, scouting, schedule and calendar coordination, social media, academics, on-court coaching and post development.

Meister spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach at Centralia College where she helped lead the Trailblazers to an 18-11 overall record and an 11-3 regional record, which qualified them for the Northwest Athletic Conference tournament.

Meister played collegiately at Southern Oregon where she spent three seasons under current PSU head coach Lynn Kennedy. Meister was a three-time All-Cascade Collegiate Conference selection and was named CCC Freshman of the Year in 2012-13. In 2015-16, Meister helped the Raiders to the NAIA National Championship game and was named an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention.

The Elma, Wash. native was a two-time All-State selection at Elma High School where she averaged 24 points and 15 rebounds per game for her career.

Meister graduated from Southern Oregon with a degree in Mathematics in 2016 and will start the Graduate Teacher Education Program at Portland State during the 2018-19 academic year.