Duluth, Minn. — The University of Minnesota Duluth Men’s Basketball Team has named Ryan Kirsch as it’s next Assistant Basketball Coach, who will be joining the staff for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Ryan and his family to Bulldog Country! Ryan brings a winning pedigree mixed with a fantastic work ethic.” Head Coach Justin Wieck had to say. “Ryan has experience at multiple levels & he has left a lasting impact at each coaching stop. He is the perfect fit to finish out our coaching staff as we continue to pursue championships in the Bulldog basketball program.”

Kirsch recently worked as an Assistant Coach at Kirkwood Community College since May 2018. Kirsch assisted with team and individual skills workouts, helped monitor the team’s academic progress, led the weight training program, created scouting reports, game plans, and video edits for the team . Kirsch was also named to the 2019 Under Armor NABC 30-Under 30 Team (top 30 assistants under age 30).

Before Kirkwood, Kirsch served as a Graduate Assistant at South Dakota State, where he assisted in video operations, scouting, and individual workouts. He was on the coaching staff when the Jackrabbits set a program record for wins in a season, and also won the Summit League regular season and postseason championships. Kirsch also had a stint at fellow NSIC member school, Augustana where he was a Graduate Assistant during the 2016-17 season. During his time there, he assisted in organizing team travel/meals, coordinated film, and assisted with recruiting.

“I am extremely grateful to be joining Coach Wieck, his staff, and the men’s basketball team at UMD.” Ryan Kirsch said. “We are going to miss our Kirkwood family back in Iowa, but the opportunity to coach in the NSIC with one the country’s fastest rising Division II programs was something our family could not turn down. Coach Wieck has a track record of success with his teams both on and off the floor and our family cannot wait to get up to Duluth to help continue building something special at UMD.”

The Bulldogs will have 11 players returning for the upcoming season, including their entire starting lineup. The Bulldogs also have three incoming freshman to round out the 2022-23 team. The Bulldogs will look to build upon one of the best seasons in program history, and a offense that was 13th in the country in scoring a year ago. The Bulldogs will start the season at the Small College Basketball Tip-Off Classic.

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