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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 (19), Collin (17), and Tyson (14). 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 Many Coaching Clinics including several Don Meyer Camps

Bruce Saugstad


15s Coach

Mobile:
507-401-1150

Assistant Director & Coach

PERSONAL:
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). 
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

16U 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

15U 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)

Jeff Hansen

17U 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

Brian Tjepkes

16U 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

Alex Hein

14U Team Coach

PERSONAL:
Alex grew up in Fulda, MN and graduated from Fulda High School in 2009. Alex played football, basketball, and track while in high school. After high school, Alex played as a cornerback on the football team at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA and graduated in 2013 with a degree in Secondary Education and History. Alex currently lives in St. James, MN where he is the Head Boys Basketball Coach and a high school social studies teacher. Alex is currently studying at Minnesota State University- Mankato for his Masters of Science in History. In his free time, Alex loves to spend time with his family and friends, golf, bike, exercise, and play sports. 

Coaching Experience:

  • Head Boys Basketball Coach:  St. James Area (2015-present)

  • Assistant Varsity Football Coach: St. James Area (2014-present)

  • Coach at St. James Area Summer Basketball camp (2014-present)
  • 2-year member of the Dordt College Football team 

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)

Jared Kaul


15s Team Coach

15s Assistant Coach

PERSONAL:
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.  I am a 3 year letter winner in basketball from Blaine High school and played aau for the Minnesota Heat. I am 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. My foundation is in Christ and I enjoy 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)

Austin Saugstad

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach

Program Assistant 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