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.
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