Mystics: Bunting learning more about new coach through part-time job

Sophomore guard Nicole Bunting intended to play two sports at Bismarck State.

"I originally came here to play basketball and softball, and then with budget cuts, softball's no longer here," she said.

Since then, Bunting's been looking to find something else to help occupy her time. So when new head coach Marv Pedersen asked if any of the players would like to work at his trophy business, Bunting jumped at the chance.

"Im just there as much as I can be," Bunting said. "Obviously with school and sports, it's very hard to get a job, even with part-time. So with this I can just come and go as I want, and then do whatever they need me to do."

And the job description can change from day to day.

"The other day I was making trophies, and some day I'll be making T-shirts," Bunting said.

Bunting says seeing her new coach in a different environment helps her get to know him better.

"We hadn't gotten comfortable with him, but now we're starting to as the year goes on," Bunting said. "Obviously me working with him, it's helping me to communicate better with him."

So far, Bunting makes it in to work a couple times a week, and she actually wishes she could work more.

"But with school," Bunting said, "I've got to get that homework done first."

The Mystics play at home Friday against Miles Community College.

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