Councilman Neary Accepts Position With MSU-Billings

Shawn Neary
Shawn Neary

Shawn Neary, former men’s basketball coach at Gillette College and Gillette Ward 1 City Councilman, has accepted a position as a volunteer assistant coach at Montana State University Billings according to the school’s official website.

Neary was hired in 2008 by Gillette College to start up a men’s basketball program, and his coaching record speaks for itself. His teams won 268 games in his 11 seasons, posting a .750 winning percentage. He led the team to two Region IX championships and three NJCAA national tournament appearances. The Pronghorns finished third in the nation in 2016. This was the highest finish for a Region IX team since 1963.

Neary lost his job this spring when the Northern Wyoming Community College District announced they were cancelling athletics and other activities at the Gillette and Sheridan college campuses due to funding shortages.

Neary was appointed to represent Ward 1 on the City Council in January of 2018. He was elected to a full term in the November 2018 General Election. The city’s website lists him as the current Council President.

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Gillette city administration said Friday that a press release could come as early as next week regarding Neary’s intentions concerning his city council seat.

Neary did not return multiple requests for comment.