Dan Harrison (Sixth Season)
The 2013-14 season is Dan Harrison’s sixth year leading the Larks. His inaugural campaign resulted in a 17-14 record, the most wins ever for a first year women’s basketball coach at Hesston College. That season two players received post season honors—sophomore Katelyn Nussbaum was named Academic All American and freshman Kari Heusinkveld was named to the all-region team.
Harrison coached successful programs in basketball and golf at a variety of levels. He coached Kansas high school boys basketball at Minneola, Garden City, and Campus High School (Haysville). He also coached the Wichita State University women’s golf team from 1989 to 1993, winning the Missouri Valley Conference championship and garnering “Coach of the Year” honors in 1992.
Harrison joined the Hesston College faculty in 2004. He teaches psychology and education courses. “It has been a wonderful opportunity to return and coach at the college where I began my collegiate playing career (basketball and golf, 1977-79). My role is to help players to develop their gifts and to encourage them to bring out the best in themselves and their teammates. We want to be a caring and supportive community.”
Michael Smalley, assistant coach (Third Season)
A 2007 Hesston graduate and former HC men’s basketball player, Michael Smalley joins the Larks’ coaching staff. After Hesston, he went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2010 and his Master’s degree in Social Work in 2011.
“I’ve had some history with Coach Harrison during summer leagues in high school and am thoroughly excited to be back with working with him now. Basketball has been a love of mine for quite a while and this opportunity is something I’m looking forward to. I can’t wait to interact with the players and see where this year can go.”
Melissa Unruh, assistant coach (Second Season)
A 1990 graduate of Hesston College and former HC Women’s basketball player, Melissa Unruh begins her second year as Assistant Coach. While at Hesston, she played basketball for two years at under Coach Joel Kauffman. After graduating from Hesston she received her Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., in 1996.
“I enjoy working with the women and getting to know them on and off the court,” Unruh said. “It’s great to see how their skills develop on the basketball court, but is far more rewarding to see how they grow into adults while at Hesston and where life takes them after Hesston. I’m looking forward to seeing how the team will learn to play together and what God has in store for their lives.”
Lynae Wright, assistant coach (First Season)
Lynae, from Little River,Kan., prepped at Little River High were she was an outstanding multisport athlete all four years. A key member of Coach Harrison’s initial recruiting class, she helped the Larks to 17 wins that season.
A two-time co-captain at Hesston, Lynae graduated in 2010 and transferred to Ft. Hays (Kan.) State University where she earned a bachelors degree in health promotion in 2011 and a master’s degree in exercise science in 2013.
“I am very excited to have Lynae join our staff,” Harrison said. “Each coach has played for Hesston College and understands how important it is in the ways our team represents the college. She brings her recent playing experience and tough competitive personality to help the current players achieve their potential. I know she will be a valuable asset in the continued work in making our women’s basketball team a wonderful experience for all those involved.”
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