Troy Larson enters his 8th season as Head Coach of the Iowa Lakes Men’s Basketball team following a successful 2013-2014 season in which he led the Lakers to a 23-9 record, 2nd place in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) regular season (10-4), and runner –up in the Region II Championship. The Lakers ended the year ranked 17th nationally and were ranked or received votes in every NJCAA poll this year. In the 2012-2013 season Coach Larson led the Lakers to a 26-8 record, Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) regular season championship (11-3), and Region II Championship and National Tournament appearance. The Lakers ended the year ranked 11th nationally and were ranked in the final 9 NJCAA polls. The regular season ICCAC Championship was the first in Iowa Lakes Men's Basketball history. Larson was also named District 8 Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 season. While at Iowa Lakes Coach Larson has compiled a 145-76 record. In his 7 seasons as head coach, Larson has had 27 student athletes continue their careers at four-year institutions. These institutions range from NCAA Division I, II, III as well as NAIA Division I and II.
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 17 seasons as a college basketball coach, Larson has been a part of teams that have won 320 games at a 62% clip. He has coached 29 first team All-Region /Conference performers, two league MVP, three freshman of the year, ten professional basketball players, and has appeared in the post season twelve 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 (24), William (12) and Owen (9).
Jason McKinney enters his sixth 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 104-55 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 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.
Corey Christopher enters his third year as assistant coach for the Iowa Lakes Men’s Basketball team and his 21st year of coaching basketball.
Christopher has served as an assistant coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato and Iowa Lakes Community College. While at MSU, the Mavericks posted arguably their best season ever as they finished the season with a 28-5 record, the Northern Sun Conference championship, the NCAA Central Regional Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four. While coaching at Iowa Lakes, the Lakers posted a first regular season Iowa Community College Athletic Conference championship in school history. The Lakers went on to win the NJCAA Region XI championship earning a trip to the NJCAA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament. Prior to this, Christopher coached high school basketball in Minnesota where he coached in 5 section tournament championships and the state tournament. Christopher serves in an advisor role and as an adjunct faculty member for Iowa Lakes Community College.
Christopher obtained a Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He received his undergraduate degree from Southwest Minnesota State University in 1993 with a B.S. in Language Arts Education and Coaching.
Alex Tyrrell begins his 2nd year with Iowa Lakes as the program's Graduate Assistant. Tyrrell helped lead the Lakers to a 23-9 record in his first year. His role includes, recruiting, game day preparation, player development, and on court duties.
Tyrrell recently graduated from Vermont Technical College with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Technology. While at Vermont Tech, he captained the Men’s basketball team to back-to-back YSCC Conference Championships and three USCAA National Championship appearances. Tyrrell’s senior season he scored this 1000th point and was awarded YSCC First-Team All-Conference, USCAA First-Team All-American, and Vermont Tech’s Male Athlete of the Year.
Prior to attending Vermont Technical College Tyrrell Spent his freshman season at San Diego Mesa Community College, in Claremont, California.
Tyrrell is from North Avoca, NSW in Australia and will be enrolled in the Higher Education Master’s program at Iowa State University while at Iowa Lakes.
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.