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Director and Head Coach
Ryan has been married to Jenifer since 1994. They have three sons, Zachary (24), Collin (22), and Tyson (19). Ryan is currently a mechanical engineering team lead at Raven Industries. 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 to engage with youth through game of basketball and enjoys developing relationships with other coaches. He has been coaching basketball in some capacity for last twenty years from middle school through college level.
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
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. Justin has 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 was 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.
Derek grew up on his parent's dairy farm in Hewitt, MN where he would graduate from Bertha-Hewitt High School in 2005. Derek lettered in both football and basketball. He then attended Southwest MN State, where he graduated with a degree in History Education. While at SMSU, Derek spend time coaching football at the 5th/6th grade level. Since SMSU, Derek has lived in Tracy where he teaches social studies at the high school. He is the head coach of the GBB team which he has lead to four section championship game appearances in his nine years at the helm. Derek also is a varsity assistant coach in football. In his free time, Derek enjoys watching/attending sporting events, and hanging out with family/friends.
15s Team Coach
Jacob grew up on a dairy farm near Storden, MN and graduated from Windom High School in 2013. Jacob was a letter winner in both Basketball and Baseball. Jacob attended South Dakota State University and served as a student manager for the Men's Basketball team from 2014-2017. During his time there he was lucky enough to watch the Jackrabbits advance to the NIT in 2015, and the NCAA tournament in 2016, and 2017. Jacob graduated from SDSU with a degree in Agriculture Education. Jacob currently lives in Windom Minnesota where teaches Industrial Technology and Agriculture. Jacob is the head coach if the Windom Girls Varsity basketball program and helped guide the Eagles to the section finals for the first time in school history in 2020. Jacob is also an assistant baseball coach for the Eagles. In Jacob's free time, he enjoys spending time with family, woodworking, farming, and playing amatuer baseball.
Carter is from Tyler, MN and is the son of Jeff and Kari Hansen. Carter has two brothers in Cooper and Camden. Cooper attends Bethany Lutheran College with Carter and Camden is a sophomore in high school. Carter is a Class A MN State Champion in basketball and a 4 year letter winner in basketball and football for RTR. Currently, Carter attends Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN and was a part of the team winning the UMAC basketball championship during the 2019-2020 year. Currently, he is studying elementary education with a middle school math endorsement and expects to graduate in the spring of 2023. Carter enjoys hanging out with friends, going outdoors, and interacting with sports anyway he can.
*Coach for the Stars (2021-present)
*Stars Player (2016-19)
*College Basketball Player at Bethany Lutheran.
Cooper grew up in Tyler MN and graduated from Russell-Tyler-Ruthton High School. He is a four-year letter winner in football and basketball, as well as a Class A State basketball champion. Cooper is currently going to school at Bethany Lutheran College where he is playing basketball. His freshmen year he was part of a team that won the UMAC Championship and competed in the NCAA DIII tournament. He is currently a sophomore at BLC and working towards a degree in elementary education.
*Coach for the Stars (2021-present)
*Four Year Stars Player (2016-19).
*Assistant Coach for summer high school basketball
*College Basketball Player at Bethany Lutheran
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.
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