Hardrocker Women's Basketball Camps
Head Coach Ryan Larsen
Ryan Larsen begins his fifth year as head coach of the Hardrockers Women’s Basketball program. The
Hardrockers have improved in each of Larsen’s five seasons as head coach, consistently showing progress.
In his first season as head coach, Larsen led the Hardrockers to a 10-16 mark facing a challenging Div.II independent schedule. The Hardrockers faced seven teams who were ranked or receiving votes in the NCAA DII top 25. After starting the first half of the season slowly the Hardrockers progressed nicely finishing the second half of the year with a 7-5 record. Defensively, the Hardrockers shined during that span giving up an average of 60 points per game.
The Hardrockers second season under Larsen was similar to the first as in facing a challenging DII independent schedule. Again after a slow start to the season the Hardrockers finished the year strong, winning eight out of their last 11 contests and finishing the year with a 13-12 record.
The 2015-16 season was the first season in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the Hardrockers record slipped to 10-16. Despite the decline in the overall record, the Hardrockers were competitive all season --- losing eight contests by six of less points.
The 2016-17 season was a monumental upsurge for the Hardrocker women’s basketball program as they finished the year with a 12-14 record and qualified for the program's first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout post-season tournament.
Larsen became the head coach of the Hardrockers after serving five years in Vermillion, S.D., as the assistant women's basketball coach at the University of South Dakota where he was the recruiting coordinator, scouting director, position coach for guards and posts, assisted the head coach with scheduling games and coordinated several off-season camps for the program. Larsen also aided the Coyotes in the institution's transfer from NCAA Div. II to Div. I status.
Prior to arriving at USD, Larsen was a member of the Augustana College men's basketball staff from 2002-07. Along with his coaching duties, Larsen was also the recruiting coordinator for three seasons. During that time he recruited three high school student-athletes who earned player of the year honors from their respective states. From 1999-02 Larsen was at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Larsen graduated from MSU Moorhead, earning his bachelor's degree in 2002. He obtained his master's degree from Augustana in 2004.