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    USD MBB: Lee adds former Yote Kasperbauer to staff

    VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota head men’s basketball coach Todd Lee announced on Friday the addition of Casey Kasperbauer as the director of operations of his staff. Kasperbauer is a 1,000-point scorer for the Coyotes and a 2016 graduate of USD. 

    “I think it is always great to have somebody on staff that played at the school, especially recently,” Lee said. “Everybody really likes Casey, in the athletic department, on campus and around town. He comes with a great reputation. Coach Boots called me and gave me a glowing recommendation of him as a person. He said he is very smart and has good knowledge of the game. 

    “When I talked to Casey, his goal is to be a Division I basketball coach and this is a great place to start. It is great to have him back home.” 

    Kasperbauer spent the past year as a skills coach for Pure Sweat Basketball in Des Moines, Iowa. He directed camps and academies, developing workouts based on skill level. 

    I am extremely thankful to USD and Coach Lee for giving me this opportunity to join the men’s basketball staff,” Kasperbauer said. “This is really a dream come true for me. Coach Lee is a man with an incredible reputation within the coaching community. I learn something new every time I talk to him and his knowledge for the game is tremendous. 

    “As a player, I prided myself on doing the little things it took to win, and I plan on doing the same as the director of basketball operations.” 

    Following his graduation from South Dakota, Kasperbauer signed a contract to play professionally for the BC Rustavi basketball team in the Republic of Georgia. He averaged 13.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists over 28 regular season games, helping BC Rustavi to the playoffs. 

    Kasperbauer spent the summer of 2016 as a marketing intern and skills coach at the Sanford Pentagon. He coached large and small groups in basketball skills and helped develop and design the Sanford Pentagon website. 

    As a guard with the Coyotes, Kasperbauer tallied 1,163 points over his four-year career. His senior campaign, he scored 12.1 points per game and was the leading scorer in the 85-81 victory over Minnesota with 17 points. For his career, he is the top free-throw shooter in USD history, sinking 90.8 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. He also has the top percentage for a season, sinking 94.5 percent of his free throws in the 2015-16 season. 

    He graduated with a bachelor of science in sport management with minors in coaching and business.

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