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Ryan Larsen - Women's Basketball Head Coach
Phone: 605-394-2602

Ryan Larsen begins the 2015-16 season as his third year as Head Coach of the Hardrockers Women’s Basketball program.

In his first season as Head Coach, Larsen led the Hardrockers to a 10-16 mark facing a challenging Div.II independent schedule.  The Hardrockers faced seven teams who were ranked or receiving votes in the NCAA DII top 25.  After starting the first half of the season slowly the Hardrockers progressed nicely finishing the second half of the year with a 7-5 record.  Defensively the Hardrockers shined during that span giving up an average of 60 points per game.

Individually seven Hardrockers had career bests statistically in points, rebounds and assists.  Most notably, freshman Megan Rohrer was named ICAA Freshman of the Year.  Rohrer led the Hardrockers in points (251), pointers per game (9.7), shooting percentage (.465), free throw percentage (.720), free throws made (54-74), offensive rebounds (43) and blocked shots (22).

The 2014-15 season saw major improvements for the Hardrockers as they finished 16-10 despite facing another challenging DII independent schedule.  As a team the Hardrockers saw improvements in all statistical categories.

 Larsen became a Hardrocker after serving five years in Vermillion, S.D., as the assistant women's basketball coach at the University of South Dakota where he was the recruiting coordinator, scouting director, position coach for guards and posts, assisted the head coach with scheduling games and coordinated several off-season camps for the program. Larsen also aided the Coyotes in the institution's transfer from NCAA Div. II to Div. I status.

 "I have a long history as an athletics director of hiring 'first time' head coaches. They tend to bring a great energy, exuberance, knowledge and willingness to go the extra mile to their positions," Kaiser said. "Coach Larsen definitely fits those characteristics but more importantly is a good fit for the university. I am excited to see him put his footprint on the Lady Hardrocker basketball program as we move into the next phase of being a NCAA Div. II member.

 Prior to arriving at USD, Larsen was a member of the Augustana College men's basketball staff from 2002-07. Along with his coaching duties, Larsen was also the recruiting coordinator for three seasons. During that time he recruited three high school student-athletes who earned player of the year honors from their respective states. From 1999-02 Larsen was at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Larsen graduated from MSU Moorhead, earning his bachelor's degree in 2002. He obtained his master's degree from Augustana in 2004.



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Ketty Paula - Women's Basketball Assistant Coach

Paula has a very impressive basketball background, as a standout guard at South Dakota State (Brookings, S.D.) from 2006-2010. She was the SDSU team captain from 2008-2010 and helped the Lady Jacks make trips to the WNIT and NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournaments.

“I am extremely excited to have Ketty join the Lady Hardrocker basketball program,” Larsen said. “Ketty will bring a wealth of knowledge to the team and to me from her playing experiences.” 

Paula, isn’t new to the South Dakota Mines women’s basketball program as she served as a volunteer coach during the 2011-12 season under former Lady Hardrocker head coach Barb Felderman.

“Ketty’s personality, competitive nature and values will enrich all aspects of Lady Hardrocker basketball,” Larsen added.

Before arriving at South Dakota Mines, Paula was a physical education and health teacher at Southwest Middle School in Rapid City for the past three years as well as the freshmen and varsity assistant girls basketball coach at Rapid City Stevens.

Paula was a three-sport athlete for SDSU. She was a standout player for the SDSU women’s volleyball team and threw the discus and javelin on the SDSU women’s track and field team. 


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