Associate Head Coach
Ben Finkbeiner is in his fourth year as an assistant coach at Utah State after joining the staff prior to the 2014-15 season.
Finkbeiner (pronounced Fink-by-ner) serves as the USU recruiting coordinator and defensive coordinator, while also overseeing the guard position.
Through the 2016-17 season, the Aggies finished in the top half of the Mountain West in every major defensive category. He coached three players to all-conference honors, as guard Rachel Brewster, forward Shannon Dufficy and guard Eliza West were all recognized by the Mountain West.
Dufficy and West each earned a spot in the USU career record books, ranking on the single-season rebound and assist lists, respectively. Dufficy ranks fifth with 261 rebounds, while West tallied 146 assists to rank fourth. The Aggies finished the season with a 17-15 record, including a 9-9 Mountain West ledger.
Finkbeiner spent the 2015-16 overseeing the USU post players. The Aggie defense ranked among the best in the Mountain West in multiple categories, averaging 41.2 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 6.6 steals per game. Utah State finished the year with a 14-17 overall record, going 8-10 in league action.
In Finkbeiner’s first season at Utah State, the Aggie defense averaged 40.3 rebounds per game, while tallying 142 blocks, the most since the 2009-10 season, and 232 steals.
Prior to accepting the USU position, Finkbeiner spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Boise State. While there, he coached several Boise State players to Mountain West postseason honors. In addition, seven players earned Mountain West all-academic team recognition.
Finkbeiner’s first full-time coaching position was at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, N.M., where he spent three seasons as an assistant coach. He served in several capacities, including the recruiting coordinator, guard position coach, defense coach, strength and conditioning coach and assisted with scouting. In his last season (2010-11) at NMJC the team recorded a 20-win season going 20-10 and 6-6 in league. In 2009-10, Finkbeiner helped guide the team to the program’s first postseason appearance in eight years, finishing third in the conference with a 16-14 overall mark.
During Finkbeiner’s first season in 2008-09, the Lady T-Birds had a 17-win campaign, an improvement of 14 wins over the previous year. In his final two seasons at NMJC, he coached five Lady T-Birds to all-conference honors, two to all-conference honorable mention and one player to NJCAA All-Region 5 honors.
Finkbeiner started his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the University of Central Oklahoma’s men’s basketball team in Edmond, Okla. The Broncos ended the 2007-08 season with a 28-6 record, reaching the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Before UCO, Finkbeiner served as the director of basketball operations for the Oral Roberts University women’s basketball team in Tulsa, Okla., where Jerry Finkbeiner was the head coach. He assisted the program in winning the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, as well as earning a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Finkbeiner earned his bachelor’s at Oral Roberts in 2006, followed by a master’s degree from Central Oklahoma in 2008.
Finkbeiner and his wife, Alycia, have three sons, Zane, Jude and Lyle, and a daughter, Rose. The family lives in Wellsville.
JC Carter enters his fourth year as an assistant coach with the women's basketball team after being hired prior to the 2014-15 season.
Throughout the season, Carter oversees the player skill development, while serving as the offensive floor assistant during games. He also directs the program's summer camps and assists with recruiting.
Last year, Carter directed the USU offense, as the team averaged 58.8 points per game. He helped coach guard Eliza West to Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors. West led USU in assists, tallyling 146 to rank fifth on the USU single-season record list. The Aggies finished the season with a 17-15 record, including a 9-9 Mountain West ledger.
Through the 2015-16 campaign, Carter directed the Utah State offense that finished the season ranked in the top half of the Mountain West in each offensive category, including the best free throw percentage in the league. Additionally, the team saw improvement from the year before in each category, highlighted by a 67.1 points per game average and a 40.4 (746-of-1,846) field goal percentage. Utah State finished the year with a 14-17 overall record, going 8-10 in league action.
In the 2014-15 season, his first with the Aggies, Carter worked directly with the guards, including Funda Nakkasoglu who was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year.
Carter came to Utah State after one season as a men's assistant coach at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as the head boy's basketball coach at Marshfield High School (Mo.). He took over the Blue Jay program in 2011, leading the team to back-to-back conference championships. In his first season there, Carter was named the Central Ozark Conference Coach of the Year as his team made an appearance in the Missouri State High School Activities Association 4A Top-10.
Before taking over at Marshfield, Carter spent four seasons in multiple capacities at his alma mater, Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. He was named the assistant men's basketball coach in 2007 and quickly helped lead the program to a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Championship in 2008. After one season with the men's program, Carter assumed his first collegiate head coaching position, taking over the SBU women's team for three seasons.
His Lady Bearcat teams were known for their three-point prowess, as SBU ranked second in the nation in triples made. Carter also spent time on the west coast, moving to Los Angeles for the 2003-04 season to take charge of the Village Christian High School boys' team. After two seasons there, he was offered an assistant coaching position with the Cal State Northridge men's team. While at CSUN, Carter coordinated recruiting efforts, team travel and opponent scouting reports.
Carter's coaching career began in 2002, when he spent a season as the director of basketball operations at Texas-Pan American.
Carter's playing career began at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas, where he spent one season in NJCAA competition prior to transferring to NCAA I Stephen F. Austin for his sophomore campaign. Finally, in 2000, Carter settled in for his last two years at NCAA II Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, Mo., where he earned the Greg Germany 2002 Senior Leadership Award for his efforts.
Carter earned his undergraduate degree from Southwest Baptist in 2002. He has two sons, Landon and Tate.
Director of Operations
Stephanie Gonzales is entering her first season as the director of basketball operations after being hired in August, 2017.
In her role, Gonzales will oversee the team's travel, including coordinating flights, hotels and meals. She is also responsible for scheduling and executing practices and events, and serves as the team's liaison for NCAA compliance.
Prior to this position, Gonzales served as the Utah State Athletics travel coordinator for four years. She spent the summer doing an internship with Micron in Boise, Idaho. Gonzales will graduate from Utah State next spring with a dual-discipline degree in computer science and communications. She and her husband, Brad, live in Brigham City.