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 Coaching Staff

Rob Klinkefus | Associate Head Coach

Rob Klinkefus returns to South Dakota State in 2019-20 for his 14th season on the Jackrabbit men's basketball coaching staff, but will have a new title as he steps into the associate head coach role under Eric Henderson.

With Klinkefus on the bench, the Jackrabbits have played in eight consecutive postseason tournaments — NCAA Tournaments in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018, along with the the National Invitation Tournament in 2015 and 2019, and the College Basketball Invitational in 2014. The Jackrabbits won their first ever Division I postseason game in the opening round of the 2015 NIT, pulling out an 86-76 road win at Colorado State.

Klinkefus has played a key role in leading the Jackrabbits consistently to the top of The Summit League as a recruiter, coach and mentor in the program. The Jackrabbits have posted a 97-29 record against league competition over the last eight years while compiling a 191-82 overall record in that span, including an 103-6 record on their home floor at Frost Arena that saw home winning streaks of 21, 30 and 34 games.

While at State, Klinkefus has coached NCAA Division I All-Americans, Nate Wolters and Mike Daum and two Academic All-Americans Jordan Dykstra and Brayden Carlson.

Prior to SDSU, Klinkefus worked as an assistant coach at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, from 2001-06 under Brian Van Haaften, one of the most successful coaches in the history of Division III basketball. Klinkefus helped the Beavers post a 115-33 record in his five seasons, winning nearly 80 percent of their games while claiming five straight IIAC tournament titles and five national tournament berths.

Klinkefus graduated from Buena Vista in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education, and a Master of Science degree in education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 2004.

He lives in Brookings with his wife, Megan, and their two sons, Roman and Morris.

 

Curtis Weathers | Assistant Coach

Curtis Weathers joined the men's basketball staff as an assistant coach May 14, 2018 and enters his second season with the program in 2019-20.

Weathers carried over 30 years of player development and coaching experience into his role with the Jacks, most recently as the Chief of Operations at Arete Sports. He also founded the Terry Porter (TP) Elite and Stay in the Game, youth development organizations.

Arete Sports is a Philadelphia based sports management agency which represents NBA and international basketball players where Weathers was responsible for scouting, evaluating, recruiting, pre-draft training, player development and client management. He served as the Program Director for TP Elite, a grass roots youth basketball program, run in collaboration with the Mary Ryan Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee that featured the top high school boys players in Milwaukee. Weathers was also President of Stay in the Game, a Milwaukee based non-profit youth academic support, player development and mentoring program, established to guide at-risk students that aspired to be college student athletes.

As a Skills Enhancement Trainer and Player Development Coach, Weathers has worked extensively with 11 former NBA players, and many international, collegiate and elite high school athletes.

In addition to coaching, Weathers has worked at Concordia University of Mequon, WI, as the Program Director of “Design Your Future”. He also worked for 15 years at Metavante, a financial services company in various management roles within the IT department.

Weathers graduated from Marquette University in 1986 with a degree in Interpersonal Communications.

 

Tyler Glidden | Director of Operations

Tyler Glidden enters his fourth season as director of basketball operations for the men's basketball program in 2019-20.

A proactive, creative and organized team-player, Glidden handles the day-to-day operations for the team while assisting in gameday sideline duties. Glidden assists with team travel plans, opponent scheduling, summer camps and team academic efforts.

Glidden spent four seasons at Creighton, where he served as video coordinator during the 2012-13 season and basketball administrator for three years (2013-16). His primary duties on the administrative side included serving as the liaison between the coaching and academic support staffs, as well as organizing community outreach programs.

Glidden earned both bachelor's and master's degrees at Iowa State. He started with the program as a student manager in 2006 under Greg McDermott and later was elevated to a graduate assistant coaching position in 2010 under Fred Hoiberg. He also worked extensively with summer camps.  

He is a native of Sioux City, Iowa, and currently resides in Brookings, South Dakota with his wife, Erin, and their daughter, Riley.

 

Reed Tellinghuisen | Graduate Assistant Coach

The Jackrabbit men's basketball program will have a familiar face step into a new role for the 2018-19 season, as four-year starter Reed Tellinghuisen will serve as the team's graduate assistant coach for the upcoming campaign.

Tellinghuisen graduated in May 2018 after a four-year career where he started more games and made and attempted more 3-pointers than any Jackrabbit in history. The Sac City, Iowa native is tied for the school-record in career games played and closed his time at SDSU sitting 11th on the school's all-time scoring chart as the part of the winningest class in the Jackrabbits' Division I history, making three consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

He earned his bachelor of science in exercise science from South Dakota State University in 2018, and will be pursuing his masters in sport and recreation administration.