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LARAMIE — Women’s basketball coach Gerald Mattinson is close to filling the lone vacancy on his first coaching staff at Wyoming.

Ryan Larsen is in line to be hired as the Cowgirls’ third and final full-time assistant. Larsen has spent the last six seasons as the head women’s coach at the South Dakota School of Mines, a Division II school.

Larsen tweeted Thursday morning that he was “excited to start a new chapter” at Wyoming and publicly thanked Mattinson for the opportunity, though the school hasn’t announced the hire as of Thursday night. A UW team spokesman told the Star-Tribune the program is waiting for the hiring process to clear university protocol before an official announcement is made.

Should that happen as expected, Larsen would replace Bojan Jankovic, who was offered the chance to remain on staff once Joe Legerski announced his retirement in April. Jankovic decided not to return to the program once his contract expires at the end of the month.

Larsen would join Heather Ezell and Fallon Lewis on Mattinson’s staff. Ezell, now the associate head coach, and Lewis, who previously worked in an operational role for the Cowgirls, were both promoted by Mattinson once he was promoted to head coach earlier this month.

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The South Dakota School of Mines went 12-14 this past season and peaked under Larsen during the 2017-18 season with a 16-13 record. He preceded his time there with a five-year stint as a women’s assistant coach at South Dakota, where he also served as the Coyotes’ recruiting coordinator.

A graduate of Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Larsen also spent five seasons as an assistant for the Augustana College men’s basketball team before joining South Dakota’s staff.

Excited to start a new chapter with @wyo_wbb ! Big thanks to “twitter less” Coach G and can’t wait to get to work with @Coach_Ezell and @fallonlws !#GoWyo #OneWyoming

— Ryan Larsen (@RyanLarsen)

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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