VERMILLION, S.D.--Nicole Seekamp scored 20 points and had nine assists and Margaret McCloud earned her fifth career double-double to lead South Dakota to an 81-71 win against Utah State Thursday evening inside the DakotaDome. The Coyotes (4-5) improved to 3-0 at home while Utah State (5-2) dropped the first of a four-game road trip.
Ryan Larsen is in his fifth season as assistant coach on the South Dakota women's basketball staff. He is involved in all phases of the program, from scouting to recruiting to game preparation.
Larsen is part of a staff that has helped guide the Coyotes to a 75-47 mark in their four years of the transition to Division I competition.The Coyotes advanced to their second straight postseason tournament in 2011-12 when they qualified for the WNIT for the first time as a Division I program. South Dakota beat Drake, 61-53 in the opening round, marking their second straight year of earning a postseason win.
South Dakota earned a berth in the Women's Basketball Invitational tournament for the first time in 2010-11. The Coyotes beat Idaho in the first round for their first Division I postseason win. They advanced to the Great West Championship semifinals in 2009-10 and finished fourth in the league overall. In addition to six conference wins, the Coyotes also recorded wins over Division I foes Santa Clara, Cal State-Northridge and Seattle.
Larsen was part of the USD coaching staff which helped guide the Coyotes to a solid 18-11 mark in 2008-09, which included wins over Division I foes Northern Iowa, SIU Edwardsville, and Houston Baptist.
Prior to arriving at USD, Larsen was a member of the Augustana College men's basketball staff from 2002-07. In his five seasons at Augustana, Larsen helped revitalized the men's basketball program. In 2006-07, the Vikings went 16-12 which was the team's highest win total in 15 years. 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. In the 2001-02 season the team posted its best record in nine years and was ranked in the North Central Region for the first time in school history.
Larsen graduated from MSU Moorhead, earning his bachelor's degree in 2002. He obtained his master's degree from Augustana in 2004.