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Mike Larsen  |  Head Coach

Coach Larsen will enter his second season as the head men's basketball coach at Montana Western. In Larsen's first season as head coach he was tasked with rebuilding a program that lost three NAIA All-Americans off the previous years roster. The Bulldogs finished strong down the stretch upsetting the #22 team in the country and rival Montana Tech in back to back games. Other highlights included leading by 7 points over Division I Idaho State University in the second half on the road in Pocatello. The Bulldogs finished second in the conference in 3 Point FG Made with 155.  Junior All-Conference player Cedric Boone helped lead this attack as he finished 35th in the country in 3 Point Field Goals Made (77).

Larsen is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to Montana Western Larsen spent the seven seasons as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. He assisted legendary coach Gary Garner where he helped lead the Trojans to back-back conference championships and qualify for the National Tournament four of the past five years.During his tenure at Dakota State he helped establish a school record nine-game winning streak, capture a NorthStar Athletic Association postseason tournament championship and advance to the NAIA quarterfinals in 2013. The Trojans also recorded double digits wins for eight straight seasons for the first time in over 20 years while Larsen was on staff.

As a player, Larsen was first-team All-State High School selection. He helped captured a State Championship in Utah, and played three years at Northwest Missouri State University. He was a member of two conference championship teams and qualified to NCAA Division II National Tournament twice. Larsen coached one year of high school basketball in Missouri and led the Northwest Nodaway Blue Jays to the conference finals.

Larsen graduated from Northwest Missouri State with a degree in Corporate Recreation and a minor in Coaching in July 2011.  He graduated with his Master's in Education Technology at Dakota State University. Mike and his wife Kati have two daughters Natalie (5) and Ellie (1).

Patrick Jensen  |  Assistant Coach

Jensen will enter his second season as the assistant coach at Montana Western. Before Montana Western, Jensen spent three seasons with Idaho State University. Two years as a graduate assistant, and the 2017-18 season as Director of Player Development.

As part of his duties at ISU, Jensen facilitated on court workouts with guards and forwards, opponent scouting reports, and analytics.

In his first year in Pocatello the Bengals had their most wins since the 1994 season, going 16-15 overall and finishing 11-7 in league.

Jensen played at  Montana State-Northern from 2010-15 where he was apart of two Regular and Postseason Frontier Conference championships and four appearances in the NAIA National Tournament.

Jensen was a three-time NAIA Academic All-American and he graduated with bachelor degrees in business administration and health promotions from MSU-Northern.

Jensen obtained two masters degrees from Idaho State University in business administration and athletic administration.