"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
- Vince Lombardi
Women's Basketball Coaches
Shane Larson is in his second season as the Head Coach of the Blue Angels Basketball Program. In Larson’s first season at KC the Blue Angels orchestrated an outstanding turn- around from the previous year, finishing the season at 23-9; more than tripling the 2010-11 season wins. The Blue Angels finished tied for second in the Great Rivers Conference and received the 3rd place seeding in the Region 24 Tournament. Larson guided WeNisha Mack and Alesha Prince to All-Conference and All-Region recognition, freshman standout Miranda Burroughs to a top 10 statistical finish in 3pt shooting percentage nationally and sophomore Shade John to an Academic All-American recognition. Larson comes to Kaskaskia from Blair, NE where he served as the Head Women’s Coach at Dana College. While at Dana, Larson’s teams had the best academic record of any program in the country. His teams captured two NAIA Academic National Championships in 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. The teams cumulative GPA’s were 3.769 and 3.763 for those two years. In 2008-09 season the GPA was the highest of any basketball team in the country of any division and the 2009-10 season was the second highest of any division. Larson also coached 15 Academic All Americans in his two years at Dana College. Prior to Dana College Larson was the Asst. Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at NCAA Div. II Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS). Larson helped guide the Lady Tigers program through their transition from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, considered by many to be one of the toughest NCAA Div. II conferences in the country. Larson started his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. While at Bethany he helped lead the team to two conference tournament championships, one regular season conference championship, two national tournament appearances with one Sweet 16 finish in 1999-2000 and a school record most wins in a season with a 28-4 record. Larson then followed Head Coach Annette Wiles from Bethany to Fort Hays State University as a Graduate Assistant from 2000-2002. During that stint at FHSU Coach Larson helped secure the first two recruiting classes that would go on to have three 20 win seasons in 4 years and secure Fort Hays State’s first NCAA Div. II National Tournament Appearance. After completing his Master’s Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 2002 Larson left the college ranks to teach and coach at the high school level. After four years he returned to Fort Hays State as the primary assistant and recruiting coordinator.
Coach Larson is married to Jennie Larson who is a Physical Therapist and instructor in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Kaskaskia. They have a three year old son, Cash.
Jordanne Even joins the Blue Angels for her assistant coaching debut under head coach Shane Larson. Prior to her arrival at Kaskaskia, Even played four seasons at the University of Minnesota-Duluth helping her team to a national tournament appearance in 2010.
A native of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Even, 23 graduated from UMD in 2010 with B.S. degree in Community Health Education and psychology minor.
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