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Ryan Reitsma

6710 E Split Rock Circle
Sioux Falls, SD 57110

Mobile: (605) 376-4651


Director and Head Coach

Director and Head Coach

PERSONAL:
Ryan has been married to Jenifer since 1994. They have three sons, Zachary (18), Collin (16), and Tyson (13). Ryan is currently an engineering supervisor at Daktronics in Brookings, SD. Ryan enjoys spending time with his family doing a variety of activities including bike rides, playing with our Vizsla Ruby, home improvements, technology, exercise, enjoying outdoors, and watching sports. He personally has a passion for youth ministry including short term mission trips for seven summers in a row. He has been coaching basketball in some capacity for last eighteen years and he is also currently involved in coaching youth teams of son Tyson.

Coaching Experience:

Coach of SW Minnesota Stars (2009-Present)
Youth Basketball Coach (2004 – Present)
Assistant Coach of Sioux Falls Chr. Girls Teams (2007-09)
Assistant Men’s Coach at University of Sioux Falls (2001-2004)
Future Stars Basketball Camp Coach at USF (summers of 2001 and 2002)
Co-Coach of Southwest Chr. Varsity Boys Summer Teams (2000-2001)
7th & 8th Grade Boys Coach at Sioux Falls Christian (2000-01)
Attended Various Coaching Clinics including several Don Meyer Camps

Bruce Saugstad


15s Coach

Mobile:
507-401-1150

Assistant Director & Co-Head Coach

PERSONAL:
Bruce has been married to Linda since 1990.  They have three wonderful children, son Austin is a ssnior at Augustana College, daughter Morgan is attending college, and daughter Lexi is a freshman at University of Sioux Falls.  All three children are basketball players, so Bruce & Linda spend a lot of time in a gym…and they love it.  Bruce has worked for The Schwan Food Company for 25 years and is currently responsible for the Industrial Sales division.   Bruce and Linda’s foundation is their faith and they enjoy volunteering to mentor youth in the Marshall community.  Bruce enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and biking (motor biking). 
EXPERIENCE:
SW Minnesota Stars Coach (2014-Present)
Southwest Slam AAU Coach (2009-2011)
Youth basketball coach (2002 – 2012)
Assistant coach for youth basketball camps

Justin Van Kooten

17U Team Coach

EXPERIENCE:
Justin Van Kooten coached the Sioux Falls Skyforce, D-League Affiliate of Miami Heat, serving as assistant coach after serving two years as director of basketball operations and volunteer in the previous seasons.

Justin has also served as head and assistant coach for the Southwest Minnesota Stars AAU basketball program and also assisted with the Roosevelt High School basketball program in the summers of 2011 and 2012. He was an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Baltic High School during the 2011-12 season. A four-year member of the basketball team at Dordt College, Van Kooten is also a part-time basketball specialist at Sanford POWER TIBBS Basketball Academy.

PERSONAL:
The Pella, Iowa native graduated from Dordt in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Joel Wallace

17U Team Coach

PERSONAL:
Joel, originally from Bellevue, a suburb of Omaha, Nebraska, is the son of Dave and Kelly Wallace. He has 2 older brothers; James and Matthew, as well as a younger sister Hayley. Joel comes from a basketball coaching family. His dad was an Assistant at Bellevue Univ. (NE) his brothers James and Matthew are presently coaching at Letourneau Univ. (TX) and Thomas Jefferson HS (IA). He is currently a Student Assistant Coach at Southwest Minnesota State University for the Men’s program and intends to graduate with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Coaching. Joel’s foundation is in Christ, he was a Huddle Leader for FCA in high school & ran a Men’s Athletics bible study on the campus of SMSU. He enjoys watching Nebraska football and Duke basketball as well as spending time with friends & family.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Southwest Minnesota State University Student Assistant (2013-present)

  • Upward Basketball Associate Head Coach (2012-13)

  • Duke University Camp Coach (2015)

  • Michigan State Camp Coach (2015 and 2016)

  • 2-yr Member of Omaha Crusaders AAU Program

  • 3-yr Letterman @ Bellevue East High School

  • 12 Sport HS Athlete (Football, Basketball, Soccer)

Ross Reitsma

Assistant Director & Assistant Coach

PERSONAL:
Ross is Married to his wife Crystal, they have a two children, daughter Makinli and son Bennett, one dog Jerzi-(Lab).
Ross is a Financial Advisor with The Northwestern Mutual -Since 2004. Ross enjoys spending time with his family and when he is not with his family or in the gym coaching or playing basketball, he finds time to enjoy hunting, fishing, golf,  and water sports.

Experience:

Assistant Director & Coach of SW Minnesota Stars (2007-Present)
University of Sioux Falls Basketball Team Member (2002-2004)
Volunteer Boys Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach of Adrian High School (2009-10)
Assistant Boys Varsity Basketball Coach of Adrian High School, MN (2008-09)
Co-Head Coach of Southwest Chr.Varsity Boys Summer Team (2005-2007)
Coach of Garretson Varsity Girls Summer Team (2005)
Sioux Falls Legends Basketball Clinic Coach (Summer 2003)(NBA Legend: Spud Webb)
Assistant Coach at Various Basketball Camps & Clinics at SWC & USF (2000-04)

REFERENCES:
Nate Tibbets: Assistant Coach of NBA Portland Trailblazers
Shane Murphy: Former Head Men's Basketball Coach of DWU & USF

Matt Wilbur: Head Mens Basketball Coach at DWU 
Brad Newitt: Former Asst Men's Basketball Coach at University of Sioux Falls
Brad Bigler: Head Men's Basketball Coach of SW Minnesota State University
Cory Van Briesen: Former Head Coach of Adrian H.S. Boys Basketball


Austin Saugstad

15s Team Coach

15s Team Coach

Head 15U Coach

PERSONAL:
Austin is the son of Bruce and Linda Saugstad.  He has two sisters;  Morgan is junior in college while Lexi is a freshman at University of Sioux Falls.   Austin is currently a senior, pre-med major at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.  He is a member of the Augustana basketball team, which just won NSIC Regular Season and National Tournament Championship in 2016.   Austin’s foundation is his faith and he enjoys hanging out with friends, talking politics, playing hoops, and umpiring baseball. 

EXPERIENCE:

  • SW MN Head Stars Coach for three seasons.
  • Assistant coach for summer youth basketball camps
  • Member of Augustana College Basketball team
  • 4-year member of Southwest Minnesota Stars AAU program
  • 4-year basketball letter winner at Marshall High School
  • Received the Triple A Award as a senior at Marshall High School
  • 3 sport athlete (basketball, football, baseball) during his high school career

Brian Tjepkes

14s Team Coach

PERSONAL:
Brian grew up in Adrian, MN where he graduated in 2009.  We want onto play basketball and golf at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA.  He later transferred to University of Sioux Falls to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management.  Currently, Brian lives in Sioux Falls and works at Citibank as a high value sales specialist since 2011.  In his free time, he continues to play golf in summer along with basketball and bowling leagues during the winter.

Coaching Experience:
*Coach for the Stars (2014-present)
*Stars Player (2007-08)
*College Basketball Player at Northwestern.
*Coach at multiple youth basketball camps

Luke Freeman

14s Team Coach

PERSONAL:
Luke grew up in the small rural northwest town of South Range, WI and graduated from Northwestern High School in Maple, WI in 2014.  Luke was a letter winner in both Football and Basketball. Luke attended University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as a freshman and served as a student manager for the Men's Basketball team who earned a NIT tournament bid that year. He transferred to the Southwest Minnesota State in the fall of 2015 and iscurrently pursuing a degree in Social Science Education. I currently live in Slayton, MN where I am actively involved with the Murray County Central Girls Basketball and Football programs. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, hunting, fishing, and golfing.

Coaching Experience:
* Counselor at Multiple Youth Basketball Camps
* Head Coach of Northwestern(WI) High School Boys Basketball Summer League (2014)
* UW-Green Bay Student Manager (2014-2015)
* Murray County Central Asst. Football Coach (2015-Present)
* Murray County Central Asst. Girls Basketball Coach (2015-Present)

Jeff Hansen

16U Team Coach

PERSONAL:

Jeff is married to his wife Kari and lives in Tyler, MN with our three sons: Cooper, Carter, and Camden.  Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, working with youth, coaching, and playing golf.  Jeff is currently Middle School Assistant Principal at Marshall.  Jeff received his Bachelor of Science from SMSU in Elementary Education and his Master's Degree from SMSU in Special Education.

Coaching Experience:

  • 13 seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at SMSU for Men's Basketball Program and was part of staff for NCAA Elite 8 and also NSIC Conference Tournament Championships

  • Coach at variety of SMSU Summer Camps over years

  • 2 Years Head boy's coach at Minneota High School

  • 2 year assistant boy's coach at Minneota High School

  • 1 year as head girl's basketball coach at Irene High School

  • 7 years assistant coach/junior high coach at RTR

  • 10 years coaching experience as a youth program coach at RTR for basketball, baseball, and football

Todd Tinklenberg

Assistant Coach

PERSONAL:
Todd is married to Sheri, his wife of 30 years. They have three children, Beth, Allyssa, and JT. Todd has coached basketball, cross country and track at Pipestone for 30 years. He has taught 6th grade at Pipestone Area School for 25 years. Todd enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
 

Coaching Experience:

  • 9th grade and B-squad basketball coach (1985-1994)
  • Head boys basketball coach (1995-2009)
  • Assistant track coach (1989-1999)
  • Head boys and girls track coach (2000-present)
  • Conducted summer basketball camps (1985-2009)
  • Assistant Coach at multiple college and FCA camps over the years