Ryan Larsen is in his second 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 Div. II Top 25 Coaches’
Poll. 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).
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
"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.
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
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.
personality, competitive nature and values will enrich all aspects of Lady
Hardrocker basketball,” Larsen added.
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
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.
|Sherry Grismer - Women's Basketball Assistant Coach