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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 16U Coach

Ryan has been married to Jenifer since 1994. They have three sons, Zachary (21), Collin (19), and Tyson (16). 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 from middle school through college level.

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 Many Coaching Clinics including several Don Meyer Camps

Bruce Saugstad

15s Coach


Assistant Director & Coach

Bruce has been married to Linda since 1990.  They have three wonderful children, son Austin has graduated and played at Augustana University, daughter Morgan is attending college, and daughter Lexi is a sophomore 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). 
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

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.

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

Jeff Hansen

Practice Coach


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

Brian Tjepkes

17U Assistant Coach

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

Practice Coach

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 his degree in Social Science Education. Luke currently live in Slayton, MN where he is currently Head Coach of Murray County Central Girls Basketball and assistant with Rebels Football program. In Luke's free time, he enjoys 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 Head Girls Basketball Coach (2019-Present)

Jared Kaul

15s Team Coach

15U Team Coach

Jared is from Blaine, MN and is son of Scott and Nichelle Kaul.  Jared has two younger brother in Jason and AJ.  Jared comes from a basketball family.  He is a nephew of Ryan Bowen who played for the Iowa Hawkeyes and had a 10 year career in the NBA.  Jared is a 3 year letter winner in basketball from Blaine High school and played aau for the Minnesota Heat. Jared is currently the student coach at SMSU for the men’s basketball program under Coach Brad Bigler.  He plans to major in secondary math education with a minor in coaching. His foundation is in Christ and enjoys hanging out with family and friends and watching any kind of basketball.

Coaching Experience:

  • SMSU student coach 2016-present
  • 3 year letter winner from Blaine high school
  • 4 year member of the Minnesota Heat
  • SMSU camp coach 2016-present
  • 3 sport high school athlete (basketball, baseball, and golf)

Taylor Schafer

14U Team Coach

14U Team Coach


Originally from Bismarck, North Dakota. Son of Robert Schafer and MeLea Grabinger. Taylor has two younger brothers, one currently plays for Concordia Moorhead Men’s basketball program. The other is an 8th grader. Taylor comes from a basketball family. 4 year letter winner from Bismarck High School and played AAU for ECI in North Dakota. Taylor played five (5) years at Southwest Minnesota State University under Coach Brad Bigler. Taylor ranks 4th all time in three pointers made. Top ten in all time scoring. 1st in games played in SMSU history. Won two NSIC South championships, played in 3 straight NSIC Conference championship games, appeared in two NCAA tournaments, made it to the Sweet 16 in 2017, and 1 NSIC tournament title. Majored in Human Resource Management, pursuing an MBA with a concentration in leadership. I enjoy spending time with family, watching basketball, and playing golf.

Coaching Experience:

·         SMSU Player Development Coach

·         Breakthrough Basketball Camp Coach

·         Fun Basketball Coordinator in Marshall, Minnesota

·         SMSU camp coach 2014-present

·         SMSU team captain 2018-2019


Austin Saugstad

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Program Assistant Coach

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. 


  • 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