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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 15U Coach

PERSONAL:
Ryan has been married to Jenifer since 1994. They have three sons, Zachary (22), Collin (20), and Tyson (17). Ryan is currently a mechanical design engineer 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 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

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

17U Team Head 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.  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.

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

Jared Kaul


15s Team Coach

16U Team Head 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.  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)

Jack Bussler

16U and 17U Assistant Coach

PERSONAL:

Jack is from Winthrop, MN and is the son of Robert and Lori Bussler. He also has a sister named Miranda. Jack is a four year letter winner in basketball from GFW High School. He attended Bethany Lutheran College, where he played basketball for one season. From there, he decided to pursue a career in coaching. Jack graduated college in 2019 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a middle school emphasis in science. He is currently an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Bethany Lutheran College. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and family and playing or watching basketball.

Coaching Experience:
● 8th Grade GFW Travel Coach 2015 

● BLC Camp Coach 

● 7th & 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball Coach at Madelia 2016-2017 

● C squad and JV Boys’ Basketball Coach at Madelia 2017-2019 

● Assistant Coach Men’s Basketball Team at BLC 2019-Present

Jacob Johnson


15s Team Coach

14U Team Head Coach

PERSONAL:
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. 

Coaching Experience:

  • Head Girls Windom Basketball Coach 2019 - Present
  • SDSU Men's Basketball Manager 2014-2017
  • 3 year letter winner from Windom High school
  • SW Minnesota Stars Coach 2020 - Present

Carter Hansen

15U Team Coach

PERSONAL:
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. 

Coaching Experience:
*Coach for the Stars (2021-present)
*Stars Player (2016-19)
*College Basketball Player at Bethany Lutheran.

Cooper Hansen

14U Team Coach

PERSONAL:
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. 

Coaching Experience:
*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

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

Jeff Hansen

Practice 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