University of Wyoming women’s basketball coach Gerald Mattinson announced the addition of Ryan Larsen to the coaching staff Monday. Larsen brings 20 years of coaching experience as an assistant and head coach.
“We’re very excited to have Ryan on our staff,” Mattinson said in a news release from UW Monday. “His vast recruiting experience, his international recruiting and his bench coaching will add greatly to our program.”
Larsen joins the Cowgirls after a six-year stint as the head coach at the South Dakota School of Mines. He compiled a 73-87 record, and helped guide the Hardrockers to a pair of appearances in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason tournament in 2017 and 2018.
“Being from western South Dakota, I’m very familiar with Wyoming athletics and Wyoming Cowgirl basketball, specifically,” Larsen said in the news release.
“Having the chance to exhibition against coach (former coach Joe) Legerski and coach Mattinson twice was a lot of fun for us. It’s a program I’ve really admired from afar the way they compete offensively and defensively. We share similar philosophies that way and have the same basketball mindset.”
Larsen coached five student-athletes to seven all-RMAC honors during his tenure at South Dakota School of Mines, while seven student-athletes earned 10 academic all-conference accolades. His team also set a single-game school record with 27 assists against Montana State-Billings during the 2016-17 season. The next year, his team set the school record with 242 made three pointers while committing the fourth-fewest personal fouls per game in Division II.
“I think this fits me really, really well from my past experiences recruiting,” Larsen added. “I’m really excited to work with the fantastic staff that coach ‘G’ has put together.”
Larsen became the head coach of the Hardrockers after serving five years as an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of South Dakota. In his roles there included recruiting coordinator, scouting director, position coach for guards and posts, assisted the head coach with scheduling games and coordinated several off-season camps.
Larsen was as assistant coach for the Augustana College men’s basketball team from 2002-07, and from 1999-2001 coached at his alma mater, Minnesota State-Moorhead.