Troy Larson enters his sixth season as Head Coach of the Iowa Lakes Men’s Basketball team following a successful 2011-2012 season in which he led the Lakers to a 17-14 record and finished in 5th place in Region XI (7-7). While at Iowa Lakes Coach Larson has compiled a 96-59 record. Larson was introduced as the 8th head men’s basketball coach in Iowa Lakes Community College history on May 24th 2007. In addition to coaching duties Larson serves as Athletic and Housing Director.
Larson spent the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at South Dakota State University working mostly with the guards. In addition to his coaching duties, Larson handled recruiting, scheduling and the day-to-day management of the basketball team. Larson was part of a staff that produced three straight NCAA II national tournament teams (2002, 2003, & 2004) and one North Central Conference Championship (2002). The 2004 team won a school record 27 games. From 2005 – 2007 South Dakota State was an NCAA I institution playing the likes of Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska.
Larson worked as an assistant under Coach Jerry Schmutte at Morningside College for two years (1998, 1999) before getting a promotion to associate head coach in 2000. Larson accepted the head coaching job at Morningside in March of 2001, when Schmutte took over as Director of Athletics, but did not coach a game before coming to South Dakota State. While at Morningside the Mustangs won a school record 16 consecutive games (1998 – 1999).
Prior to Morningside, Larson spent one season as an assistant coach at Iowa Lakes. The Lakers finished 24 – 7 overall; good enough for second place in Region XI.
During 15 seasons as a college basketball coach, Larson has been a part of teams that have won 271 games at a 66% clip. He has coached 26 first team All-Region /Conference performers, one league MVP, three freshman of the year, ten professional basketball players, and has appeared in the post season seven times.
A Mallard native, Larson led the Ducks to a combined 39-7 record his junior and senior seasons. He played in back-to-back state tournaments for his father & coach, Ron, earning All-State honors both times. Larson graduated from Mallard High School in 1991 as the school’s all-time leading scorer.
Larson took his game to Iowa Lakes Community College after high school, where, in his freshman season he led Coach Bob Grems’ Lakers to the national championship game with a 32-6 record. Larson led the Lakers to a 26-7 record as a sophomore, earning first team All-American, first team All-Region & first team Academic All-American honors in the process. Those numbers caught the eye of Morningside College head coach Jerry Schmutte, who brought Larson to Sioux City in 1994 to play for the Mustangs after completing his education at Iowa Lakes.
A team captain his senior year at Morningside, Larson led the Mustangs with 131 assists, and averaged 11.9 points per game. He made the North Central Region All-Tournament Team, earned All-North Central Region & All North Central Conference Academic honors, and led the Mustangs to the Division II Elite Eight Tournament.
Larson graduated from Morningside in 1995 with a B.A. in Accounting & Business Administration and also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration degree from the University of South Dakota.
Larson resides in Estherville with his wife, Angela (Teacher at Estherville Lincoln Central Middle School), and three children, Taylor (22), William (10) and Owen (7).
Jason McKinney enters his fourth season as a coach with Iowa Lakes. McKinney previously spent two years as a graduate assistant with the Iowa Lakes Men’s Basketball team; during this time, he earned a master's degree in Higher Education through Iowa State University. McKinney has helped lead the Lakers to a 55-34 record. McKinney’s duties include day-to-day operations, recruiting, on the court duties, as well as game preparation.
Before coming to Iowa Lakes, Coach McKinney spent two seasons as a Student Assistant under Ray Shovlain at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. While at St. Ambrose coach McKinney aided in the recruiting and scouting efforts as well as pre and post season conditioning, practice, and in game coaching. He also worked on his second undergraduate degree in Physical Education.
Prior to St. Ambrose University, McKinney was the Head Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach at Calamus-Wheatland where he led the Warriors to their first playoff victory in 5 seasons. McKinney’s duties included developing and implementing a weight program, individual workouts, pre and post season workouts, scouting, practice and in game coaching. McKinney has also served as the Director of Basketball Operations for Sports Town Quad Cities in Eldridge, Iowa.
McKinney is a native of Calamus, Iowa. He graduated from Calamus-Wheatland in 1998 where he was a member of the Warriors District Championship team. Coach McKinney’s other accomplishments include a Sport Management Degree from Iowa State.
Corey Christopher enters his second year as an assistant coach of the Iowa Lakes Men’s Basketball team and his 18th year of coaching basketball.
During the 2010-2011 season, Christopher served as an assistant coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato under head coach Matt Margenthaler. The Mavericks posted arguably their best season ever as they finished the season with a 28-5 record and a run to the NCAA Division II Final Four. Along the way, MSU won the Northern Sun Conference championship with a 19-3 mark, as well as winning the NCAA Central Regional Championship to advance to the Elite Eight in Springfield, Massachusetts. Prior to this, Christopher coached high school basketball in Minnesota where he coached in 5 section tournament championships and the state tournament.
A native of Jackson, Minnesota, Christopher graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 1993 with a B.S. in Language Arts Education and Coaching. He also has a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. In addition to coaching duties, Christopher serves in an advisor role for Iowa Lakes Community College.
Ron Larson starts his sixth year as an assistant volunteer coach for the Lakers men's basketball team. Ron is an alumnus of Iowa Lakes Community College, graduating from the Emmetsburg Campus in 1970. He graduated from Wayne State College in 1972, with a BAE degree.
Ron taught and coached in Nebraska before returning to Mallard High School, in Mallard, where he taught and coached the boys’ basketball team to two state appearances.
Ron received his Master's degree in Education from Drake University and retired, from the now West Bend/Mallard CSD, in the spring of 2006, after 20 years as the middle school and elementary principal in Mallard.
Beside his son, Troy, Ron and his wife Richelle, have a daughter Tamela, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., with her family.