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University of South Dakota - Womens Basketball
University of South Dakota - Womens Basketball

      COACHING STAFF

Russ Rose | Assistant Coach

Russ Rose was named assistant women's basketball coach on May 5, 2016, to begin his first year on staff ahead of the 2016-17 season.

Rose comes to South Dakota after spending two seasons on Plitzuweit’s staff at Northern Kentucky. Rose brings seven years of coaching experience from the high school, AAU and collegiate levels.

At Northern Kentucky, Rose worked on player skill development, recruitment, game plans, video operations and managed summer basketball camps.

Rose was an assistant at his alma mater, Davenport University, prior to joining Plitzuweit’s staff. His coaching stops include Central Michigan University, Michigan Basketball Club (AAU), and Hopkins High School. Rose also spent a season as Central Michigan’s video coordinator, breaking down film and developing scouting reports for the team.

Rose, a four-year letterwinner for Danvenport’s men’s basketball team, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2007. He received his MBA from Davenport in 2014.

Rose and his wife, Shannon, have one son, Cam.


Kayla Tetschlag | Assistant Coach

Kayla Tetschlag was named assistant women's basketball coach on May 5, 2016, to begin her first year on staff ahead of the 2016-17 season.

Tetschlag joins the Coyote staff after having spent the past season as the top assistant at the University of Sioux Falls. Prior to that, she spent four years abroad playing professional basketball in Europe. Tetschlag, who graduated from Green Bay, was the Horizon League Player of the Year in 2011.

In her first season on staff at Sioux Falls, the Cougars won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Tetschlag assisted with player development, scouted opponents, served as recruiting coordinator, supervised academics and handled administrative operations of the program.

Tetschlag’s professional basketball experience included stops in Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. She earned awards such as the Luxembourg Defensive Player of the Year and All-German League Forward of the Year. In four seasons abroad, she averaged a double-double and consistently ranked among her respective league’s top-three for points and rebounds.

Tetschlag received the Horizon League Cecil N. Colman Medal of Honor at the conclusion of her Green Bay playing career. She led Green Bay to four Horizon League titles, three NCAA Tournaments and the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2011. Tetschlag was twice first-team all-league and on the all-defensive team as a senior. She earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors as a junior and senior.

Tetschlag graduated from Green Bay in 2011 with a bachelor’s of business administration with a marketing emphasis. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in management from Green Bay.


Aaron Horn | Assistant Coach

Aaron Horn was named assistant women's basketball coach on May 10, 2016, to begin his first year on staff ahead of the 2016-17 season.

Horn comes to South Dakota from Ursuline College (Ohio). The Arrows won the Great Midwest Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament this season to reach the 2016 NCAA Division II Tournament. Horn coached the guards, worked on player development, recruited back-to-back GMAC Freshmen of the Year, scouted opponents, organized travel, monitored academics and coordinated the team’s community outreach.

Horn also brings coaching experience from the AAU level. He spent four years as the head coach for the Toledo Elite AAU Club and two years at the helm of the Cleveland Wolverines AAU Club. Horn led the Wolverines to two undefeated regular seasons and helped four players earn scholarships.

During the summers, Horn spent time as a coach/counselor at the University of Notre Dame’s women’s basketball camp as well as working camps at Toledo and St. Francis High School.

Horn earned his bachelor’s of business administration from the University of Toledo in 2012.


Alex Antonen | Director of Operations

Alex Antonen was named the women's basketball director of operations on June 6, 2016. He joined the Coyote staff after spending three seasons in the same role at Green Bay.

Antonen’s duties included planning team travel, assisting with on-campus recruiting visits, supervising student managers, planning and organizing summer camps, coordinating opponent film exchange and breaking down opponent game film.

A 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Antonen spent four seasons as a student manager for the Gophers women’s basketball team. He gained Division I experience aiding the coaching staff in running practices, scouting opponents and breaking down game film.

Antonen also spent two seasons as a WNBA intern with the Minnesota Lynx and three summers working as a women’s basketball camp counselor for North Dakota State