South Dakota adds three new full-time positions The University of South Dakota has announced that it has added three new full-time positions to the athletic department staff. Chris Kassin (menâ�?�?s basketball), Ryan Larsen (womenâ�?�?s basketball) and David Frazier (strength and conditioning) have all been hired as full-time USD staff members. â�?�?Iâ�?�?m really pleased to be adding Chris to our staff as a full-time member,â�? said Dave Boots, menâ�?�?s basketball head coach. â�?�?He has been with us over the past few years and has done a great job. It is really going to benefit our program having him on staff full-time. Chris is going to be a great addition to the USD menâ�?�?s basketball program.â�? Kassin has been a member of the USD menâ�?�?s basketball staff for four seasons. During that stretch, the Coyotes have compiled a 93-32 record. All four seasons that Kassin has been on the coaching staff, the team has won 20 or more games and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. In the 2006-07 season the Coyotes won the regular season conference title and the NCC Tournament championship. They also won the conference tournament title in 2004-05. In the four seasons Kassin has been at USD, two players have earned All-American honors and seven have been named all-conference. Kassin earned his bachelorâ�?�?s degree (2002) and his masterâ�?�?s degree (2005) from USD. â�?�?We are thrilled to have a coach of Ryanâ�?�?s caliber join our staff,â�? said Ryun Williams, womenâ�?�?s basketball head coach. â�?�?Ryan is a very enthusiastic and passionate basketball coach. His reputation is one of a relentless worker and recruiter and his ties to the state of South Dakota will be advantageous to our program.â�? Larsen brings eight years of coaching experience to the womenâ�?�?s basketball program. He was a member of the Augustana College menâ�?�?s basketball staff from 2002-07. In his five seasons at Augustana, Larsen helped revitalized the menâ�?�?s basketball program. In 2006-07, the Vikings went 16-12 which was the teamâ�?�?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 1999-2002 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 bachelorâ�?�?s degree in 2002. He obtained is masterâ�?�?s degree from Augustana in 2004. â�?�?Part of the Universityâ�?�?s move to NCAA Division I is the addition of full-time coaches and staff members,â�? said Joel Nielsen, USD director of athletics. â�?�?We felt as though it was important to have our menâ�?�?s and womenâ�?�?s basketball programs with three full-time coaches, to help increase the programs level of competitiveness and strengthen the teamâ�?�?s recruiting ability. Bringing in a strength and conditioning coach was another position that we felt was key in our transition to DI. Coach Frazier did a remarkable job this past season as a graduate assistant and Iâ�?�?m pleased to now have him on staff full-time. David has implemented an outstanding weight training and conditioning program that our athletes have greatly benefited from. The coaches noticed Davidâ�?�?s impact on the student-athleteâ�?�?s conditioning this past season.â�? Prior to his arrival at USD Frazier was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Detroit Mercy, a NCAA Division I member of the Horizon League. There he was responsible for the training program for nine sports, working directly with the teams on speed specific technique, agility performance and plyometric enhancement. Frazier is a NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist. He earned his bachelorâ�?�?s degree in health and human performance from Iowa State University in 2006. While at ISU he was a member of the Cycloneâ�?�?s top 10 nationally ranked wrestling team. Frazier earned his masterâ�?�?s degree in health, physical education and recreation from USD in 2008.
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