Wyoming Cowgirl head basketball coach Gerald Mattinson completed his staff Monday with an announcement of the hiring of Ryan Larsen.

Larsen brings 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to UW, as both an assistant and head coach.

Mattinson expressed his delight in a release from the University of Wyoming.

“We’re very excited to have Ryan on our staff. His vast recruiting experience, his international recruiting and his bench coaching will add greatly to our program.”

Larsen comes to Laramie from Rapid City, SD. He’s been the head coach at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for the previous six years. The Hardrockers were 73-87 in Larsen’s tenure with two appearances in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) tournament.

“I’m extremely excited,” Larsen said in the same UW release. “Being from western South Dakota, I’m very familiar with Wyoming athletics and Wyoming Cowgirl basketball, specifically. Having the chance to exhibition against coach (Joe) Legerski and coach Mattinson twice was a lot of fun for us. It’s a program I’ve really admired from afar the way they compete offensively and defensively. We share similar philosophies that way and have the same basketball mindset.”

Larsen coach five student-athletes to seven All-RMAC honors. Seven student-athletes received 10 academic all-conference awards.

He has spent five years at the University of South Dakota, five years with the men’s program at Augustana College, and three years at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.

Larsen joins Associate Head Coach Heather Ezell and assistant coach Fallon Lewis on Mattinson’s staff for the 2019-2020 season.

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