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    SD Mines WBB: Larsen Resigns; Joins Staff At University Of Wyoming

    After six years as the head coach of the South Dakota School of Mines women’s basketball program, Ryan Larsen is stepping down as the leader of the Lady Hardrockers to take an assistant coaching position in Laramie, Wyoming for the NCAA Div. I University of Wyoming women’s Cowgirls basketball team. 

    Larsen finished his stint at South Dakota Mines with a 73-87 overall record and two appearances in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference post-season women’s basketball tournament. 

    “We are sorry to see Coach Larsen go, but I am happy for him and wish him all the best in Laramie,” said South Dakota Mines Athletics Director Joel Lueken. “Ryan is a great coach and I have no doubt he will be an asset to the Cowgirls.” 

    Larsen became the head coach of the Hardrockers 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.

    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. 

    Wyoming is a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Cowgirls are under the direction of Gerald Mattinson, who will be entering his first season as Wyoming’s women’s basketball head coach but has been in the program for 16 years. 

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