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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.


Bryan Petersen | Assistant Coach

Bryan Petersen is in his first season as an assistant coach with Jackrabbit basketball, joining Eric Henderson's staff on June 3, 2019.

Petersen spent the last six seasons as head coach of the Kirkwood Community College men's basketball program, leading the program to the 2016 and 2019 NJCAA Division II Championships while compiling a 157-38 overall record. He earned regional and national coach of the year honors in both national championship seasons.

24 Eagles earned All-Region honors under Petersen's tutelage, including nine first team selections. He coached four NJCAA All-Americans and saw future Jackrabbit Doug Wilson named NJCAA Division II National Player of the Year in 2018-19. The Eagles found success in the classroom as well with 20 players being named to the All-Region Academic teams.

Petersen spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant at Kirkwood CC, coming to the Eagles after three seasons at Iowa State. He worked as a Cyclone for one season for Greg McDermott (2009-10) and two seasons for Fred Hoiberg (2010-12) as a graduate assistant coach alongside current SDSU director of operations Tyler Glidden.

The Clinton, Iowa native played two seasons at Iowa State after a two-year career at Kirkwood Community College. He sank 97 career 3-pointers as a Cyclone while starting 64 consecutive games as a recruited walk-on. Prior to his ISU career, he was named a First Team All-American in his final season at Kirkwood, taking home Region XI Player of the Year honors. Petersen was also the first coach in the history of the NJCAA DII National Tournament to participate in a National Championship game as a player and win the National Championship as a coach.

Petersen graduated from Iowa State with a degree in Kinesiology in 2009 and earned his master's degree in Higher Education-Educational Leadership from Iowa State in 2012. He will reside in Brookings with his wife, Renae.


Tramel Barnes | Assistant Coach

Tramel Barnes was announced as assistant coach June 20, 2019 and is in his first season with the Jackrabbits.

Barnes spent the 2018-19 season as the director of basketball operations and player development at Utah State after six seasons as an assistant with Southwest Minnesota State. Barnes helped the Aggies towards the Mountain West regular season and tournament titles in his lone season on the bench, as the team reached its first NCAA Tournament in eight years.

He was named to the 2019 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Barnes was the top assistant at SMSU from 2012 to 2018, helping the Mustangs to a pair of first-place finishes in the South Division of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in his final two years with a 53-15 record in that span. Six Mustangs earned all-conference honors and 24 were selected to the academic all-conference teams during Barnes' tenure.

Prior to joining the coaching staff, Barnes played at SMSU for two seasons, appearing in 60 contests with 351 points and 213 rebounds during his career. He finished as the sixth-best free-throw shooter in school history, burying 82.8 percent of his attempts at the charity stripe. Barnes also spent two seasons at Northern State, logging time in 48 games with eight starts.

Barnes is a two-time graduate of Southwest Minnesota State, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in sports management and physical education, respectively.


Reed Tellinghuisen | Graduate Assistant Coach

Reed Tellinghuisen enters his second season as the team's graduate assistant in 2019-20. A four-year starter for the Jackrabbits from 2014-18, Tellinghuisen's primary duties include video coordination and player development.

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 is pursuing his masters in sport and recreation administration.