The South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association named Aberdeen Christian boys basketball coach David Rohrbach Region 1 coach of the year this week.
Rohrbach helped guide the Knights to an 18-4 regular season record and a trip to the Class B boys basketball tournament.
The No. 7 seeded Knights, playing in its first state tournament after qualifying for last year’s COVID-19 canceled tournament upset No. 2 seed Canistota in the opening round and then knocked off No. 6 seed Dell Rapids St Mary’s before falling to De Smet in the title game.
Meanwhile Aberdeen Roncalli coach Derek Larson was named Region 1 girls coach of the year.
Larson guided the Cavaliers to a 20-2 record entering the Class A girls tournament and a No. 4 seed. From there, they defeated Sioux Falls Christian and upset No. 1 seed St. Thomas More in the semifinals, and then defeated Hamlin for the Class A title. It was the first girls state championship in school history.
Joining both Rohrbach and Larson in Region I are assistant coaches of the year in Josh Mach from Aberdeen Central for the boys and JJ Burk of Clark/Willow Lake for the girls.
Here is the full list of region head and assistant coaches of the year.
Head Boys COTY: Jeff Gruenhagen – De Smet
Head Girls COTY: Tim Koisti – Hamlin
Assistant Boys COTY: Mark Harming – Elkton
Assistant Girls COTY: Mitchell Brooks – Madison
Head Boys COTY: Bryce Hall – Potter County
Head Girls COTY: Chase Casper – Faulkton and Mark Senftner – Sully Buttes
Assistant Boys COTY: Brice Cunningham – Faulkton
Assistant Girls COTY: Ryan Melius – Faulkton
Head Boys COTY: David Hollenbeck – St. Thomas More
Head Girls COTY: Michael Brooks – Rapid City Stevens
Assistant Boys COTY: Trey Frederick – Mobridge/Pollock
Assistant Girls COTY: Jaime Bentley - Spearfish
Head Boys COTY: Mitch Begeman – Sioux Falls Roosevelt
Head Girls COTY: Jamie Parish – Sioux Falls Washington
Assistant Boys COTY: Michael Putnam – Brandon Valey, Justin Sheppard – Sioux Falls Christian, and Ryan Spader – Howard
Assistant Girls COTY: Brook Begeman – Sioux Falls Christian
Head Boys COTY: Jay Drake – Vermillion
Head Girls COTY: Tammy Lilly – Dakota Valley
Assistant Boys COTY: David Preheim – Tea Area
Assistant Girls COTY: Kristin Hanson – Dakota Valley
Head Boys COTY: Todd Neuendorf – Mitchell
Head Girls COTY: Cole Knippling – Mitchell
Assistant Boys COTY: Steve Schoenhard – Chamberlain
Assistant Girls COTY: Joe Shepardson – Parkston
Head Boys COTY: Paul Kelley – Custer
Head Girls COTY: Jared Bouman – White River
Assistant Boys COTY: Jamie Duprey – Hill City
Assistant Girls COTY: Madison McLaughlin – Wall
Boys Lower Level COTY: Jesse Wittler – Sully Buttes
Girls Lower Level COTY: Wendy Rausch – Gettsyburg/Hoven
Boys Lower Level COTY: Dean Jacobson – Viborg-Hurley
Girls Lower Level COTY: Tera Koupal – Wagner