South Dakota assistant womenâ€™s basketball coach Ryan Larsen was named head womenâ€™s basketball coach for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He will start his duties immediately.
Larsen spent the last five seasons with the USD womenâ€™s basketball team, helping guide the Coyotes to a 95-63 record and three straight postseason appearances. He will replace Barb Felderman, who coached the Lady Hardrockers for 32 seasons.
â€śIâ€™d like to thank the entire USD community for five great years both professionally and personally,â€ť Larsen said in a statement. â€śA special thanks to all the athletes that I have coached, you have made every day enjoyable and memorable.
â€śSouth Dakota School of Mines and Technology is one of the few places I would leave USD for and Iâ€™m extremely excited for the opportunity to be the head coach of the Lady Hardrockers.â€ť
Before coaching at USD, Larsen graduated from Minnesota State-Moorhead in 2002 and was a member of the Augustana menâ€™s basketball staff from 2002 through 2007. He will coach against USD when the Coyotes play the Lady Hardrockers at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City on Dec. 7.
â€śRyan will be missed among the staff, student athletes and community at USD, but we could not be more excited for him achieving his dream of becoming a head coach,â€ť said USD head coach Amy Williams. â€śSchool of Mines is fortunate to get a coach of Ryanâ€™s character and knowledge, and we wish both Ryan and the Lady Hardrockers the best of luck.â€ť
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is an NCAA Division II independent program.