Larsen Introduced as Next SD Mines Women's Basketball Coach
For the first time in 32 years at the South Dakota School of Mines, the women's basketball season will kick off this fall with a brand new head coach.
Wednesday afternoon, school officials announced that Ryan Larsen will take over the women's basketball program.
The Spearfish native joins the Hardrockers after serving five years in Vermillion, as the assistant women's basketball coach at the University of South Dakota.
Larsen was the recruiting coordinator, scouting director and aided the Coyotes in the transfer from NCAA Division II to Division I status.
Prior to USD, Larsen was a member of the Augustana College men's basketball staff from 2002-2007.
Larsen says he's looking forward to his first head coaching position.
Larsen says, “It's an unbelievable feeling. I've thought about this for a long, long time. It's a chance to be back in the Black Hills. It’s a chance to coach at the South Dakota School of Mines. It's really pretty surreal and sort of a dream come true for me.">
Larsen replaces Barb Felderman who was the head coach of the Lady Hardrockers for the last 32 seasons.
In fact, Larsen is just the third head coach in the 37-year history of the women's basketball program at the School of Mines.
School of Mines Athletics Director Dick Kaiser says, “When we starting hiring people here, it's all always about fit and I though Ryan was the best fit for our institution. He knows about our college. He knows about our women's basketball program. He's had a diversity of various opportunities both at the Division II, the NAIA and the Division I level. And for where we want to go with our next step in Division II athletics, he was just the right fix for us.">
The new era of Lady Hardrocker women's basketball begins with exhibition games at the beginning of November.