Troy Larson enters his tenth season as head coach at Iowa Lakes coming off a successful 2015 – 2016 season in which the Lakers won 13 games in a row including an undefeated month of February to finish 25 – 8. The Lakers won the regular season Iowa Community College Conference (ICCAC) for the second time in four years with a 10 – 2 record while advancing to the regional championship game for the third time in the last four seasons. A 10 – 4 overall record on the road allowed the Lakers to be nationally ranked in the last four National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) polls finishing 18th in the final tally. Chris Jones was named a Second Team NJCAA All American under Larson’s tutelage while five Lakers were honored as all conference. Five sophomores continued playing at the four year level.
The 2014 – 2015 season saw Larson guide the rebuilding Lakers to a 16 – 15 overall record. As common with Larson coached teams, the Lakers improved throughout the season winning four out of five to wrap up the season.
The Lakers enjoyed a highly successful 2013 – 2014 season with an overall record of 23 – 9. A 10 – 4 finish in the ICCAC was good for second place. Winning nine out of 10 games down the stretch allowed the Lakers to advance to their second regional final appearance under Larson. The Lakers were great at home with a 19 – 1 record while being ranked or receiving votes in every NJCAA poll highlighted by a number six national ranking. Deondre Parks was named a First Team NJCAA All American at the conclusion of the season after being named the top player in the conference. Three Lakers were named all-conference.
A great 2012 – 2013 season resulted in Larson guiding the Lakers to the school’s fourth national tournament appearance with an overall record of 26 – 8. An 11 – 3 ICCAC regular season record resulted in Iowa Lakes’ first regular season conference championship in school history. Highlighting the year included winning 15 out of 16 games including an 11 game win streak, an undefeated month of January, and 18 – 1 record at home. The Lakers were nationally ranked for the final nine NJCAA polls peaking at number seven. Deondre Parks was named a Second Team NJCAA All American while four Lakers were named all-conference. Five sophomores continued playing basketball at four year schools. Coach Larson was honored as the District 8 coach of the year and the Men’s National Division II Basketball Championship Coaches award while also receiving the open mic award at the National Tournament Banquet.
Larson was introduced as the eighth head men’s basketball coach in Iowa Lakes Community College history on May 24th, 2007. In addition to his coaching duties, Larson serves as Athletic and Housing Director. During Larson’s first five years at Iowa Lakes, the Lakers won 96 games, were ranked number one in the NJCAA while consistently finishing in the top half of the ICCAC. The Lakers consistently play a demanding schedule including all of the Division 1 junior colleges in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference and numerous competitive tournaments. Cornelius Vines was named a Third Team All American at the conclusion of the 2007 – 2008 season.
In his nine years as Head Coach at Iowa Lakes, Larson coached teams have won games at a 65% clip with an overall record of 186 – 99, averaging 21 wins per season. Thirty - five student athletes have continued their playing career at four year institutions ranging from NCAA Division I, II, III as well as NAIA Division I and II. Twenty - seven players have been named to the all-conference teams. Four Lakers have been named All American. Former Lakers, Cornelius Vines, Akeem Vargas, Mark Rangley, and Manny Golong are currently playing professional basketball overseas. Deondre Parks is currently working out for NBA teams, including the Denver Nuggets. Larson’ s coaching tree is also expanding with former assistants Alex Tyrrell – head coach at NAIA Vermont Tech and Mike Annese – assistant coach at NCAA II Truman State. Larson has also recruited the right type of student athletes to Iowa Lakes as 29 players have been honored as Academic All Region Performers by the ICCAC.
Prior to Iowa Lakes, Larson spent nine years as an assistant coach at NCAA I South Dakota State University, NCAA II Morningside College, and Iowa Lakes Community College working with some of the game’s best minds including:
Scott Nagy - current head coach at NCAA 1 Wright State – former head coach and career wins leader at South Dakota State.
Jerry Schmutte – retired all time win’s leader at Morningside College.
Bob Grems – Iowa Lakes Community College – retired all-time leader in wins.
Larson’s time as an assistant coach was highly successful winning 60% of all games with three NCAA tournament appearances, four 20 win seasons, two league MVP’s, three freshman of the year, and seven professional basketball players coached.
Excelling as a student athlete Larson led NCAA II Morningside College to a 24 – 7 record and the 1995 elite eight of the NCAA national basketball tournament receiving All North Central Region and All North Central Conference Academic Honors as well as North Central Region All – Tournament team. At Iowa Lakes, Larson was a member of the 1992 national runner-up team that finished the year with a 32 – 6 record. Larson was named Academic All American and 1st Team All American by the NJCAA at the conclusion of the 1993 season. Larson prepped at Mallard High School for his father Ron Larson leading the Ducks to consecutive state tournament appearances in 1990 and 1991 graduating as the school’s all-time leading scorer.
Larson holds an Associate of Arts degree from Iowa Lakes Community College, a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Morningside College, while also holding a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. Larson resides in Estherville with his wife Angela, teacher at Estherville Lincoln Central School District, and sons William (13) and Owen (10). Larson also has a grown daughter Taylor and granddaughter Taleyah.
Jason McKinney enters his 7th season as a coach with Iowa Lakes. McKinney spent his first 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 120-70 record. In his time at Iowa Lakes McKinney has Coached/Recruited 15 All Region Performers, the schools 1st two time All-American and 2014 conference player of the year, the school’s first regular season Conference Championship, and was part of the school’s first ever # 1 National Ranking. McKinney’s duties include day-to-day operations, recruiting, scouting, player development, and other on the court duties.
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.
Ron Larson starts his seventh 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.