College Art Faculty Shows at Banfill-Locke

College Invites Public to College Hour Reading by Local Authors, Sept. 10

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Welcomes New Faculty to Fall Semester

College's Annual Prairie Home Delights Fundraiser, Sept. 25

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Welcomes Students to Fall Semester with Week of Activities

Fall Picnics Kick-Off New Academic Year at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Welcomes Chinese Exchange Faculty Member

Community Organizations Step Forward to Sponsor College's Annual Prairie Home Delights Scholarship Fundraiser, Sept. 25

Roles Cast in College Fall Play, "The Laramie Project"

Senator George McGovern Speaking at Anoka-Ramsey's Cambridge Campus - Public Welcome

President Johns of Anoka-Ramsey Community College Named 2008 Pacesetter of the Year

Discover Possibilities at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Open House

College Students Cut Acting Chops to Perform Intriguing Docu-Drama, "The Laramie Project" Oct. 24, 25, 30, 31, Nov. 1

Coffee House Series Rocks Anoka-Ramsey Community College Each Month, October Through April

Prairie Home Delights Grossed More Than $27,500 for Student Scholarships at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Bachelor’s in Special Education Continues at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Through Partnership Renewal with St. Cloud State University

Cambridge Campus Hosts Renowned Author

New Season, New Coaches, New Life for Men's Basketball Program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

New Board Members Bring Wealth of Experience to Coon Rapids Campus Foundation

College Art Faculty Curates Watercolor Invitational

New Board Member Brings Wealth of Experience to Cambridge Campus Foundation

College Offers Wide Array of Veterans' Services

Anoka-Ramsey Art Faculty Receives Printmaking Award

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Hosts Fallen Comrade Ceremony Nov. 12 to Honor Veterans

Women's Volleyball Team Forges to Successful Season Close

College Student Art Sale-Unique Gifts, Good Cause, Great Value

College Choir Performs Winter Choral Concert

KARE11 Features Anoka-Ramsey

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Proceeds Deliberately After State Deficit Announcement

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Thanks Donors at Second Annual Legacy Dinner

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Embarks on Strategic Planning Process; Public Invited

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation Donates $25,000 for Nursing Scholarships at Cambridge Campus

Tuition Cut in Half at Anoka-Ramsey Community College to Retrain Unemployed Workforce

Annual Cambridge Campus Scholardazzle Fundraiser Seeks Guests, Sponsors to Support Students

College Reschedules Public Meetings for Strategic Planning

College Offers Accelerated, Eight-Week Business Courses

College Offers Unique Experience for Jazz Musicians

College Announces Cast for "Hormel Girls" Musical

Golden Rams Rally, Split Weekend Games

Number of Season Bests in Victory over St. Thomas JV

Men’s Basketball falls to Madison Tech

Rams Defeat St. John's JV

Rams Split Weekend Games

The Golden Rams Split Matches in Illinois

New Season, New Coaches, New Life for Men's Basketball Program at College

October 24, 2008

State 4AAAA Coach of the Year, Hall of Fame Member Accepts Anoka-Ramsey Men’s Basketball Head Coach Position

With new coaches, 10 new players and five returning players, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College men's basketball program begins the 2008-2009 with a fresh approach. The public is invited to cheer on the Golden Rams as they kick off the new season Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Coon Rapids Campus.

Mens basketball coaches
The mens basketball coaches at Anoka-Ramsey Community College gear up for the upcoming season. Pictured from left are Ron Larson, Rory Larson and Ben Seevers. Their first home game is Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.

Introducing New Coaching Staff
Head Coach Ron Larson is new to Anoka-Ramsey Community College, but not new to the community or to basketball coaching. At the close of the 2008 season, Larson completed 28 years as the boys basketball head coach and 18 years as athletic director - a position he continues to hold - at St. Francis High School. Previously he served as head coach at Underwood High School, Braham High School, Fergus Falls High School, and assistant coach for St. Cloud State University. Highlights of his 36-year career include 473 wins, three trips to the State High School Tournament, being named Section Coach of the Year four times, and the 2008 State 4AAAA Coach of the Year. Larson was inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.

"My staff and I look forward to the challenge of making Anoka-Ramsey a high profile and premier college basketball program for young men in the Metro and surrounding area," says Larson. "We will stress academics, accountability and attitude and guarantee our student-athletes will play hard."

Larson's assistant coaches include Rory Larson, one of Larson's three sons and former players from St. Francis High School and Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). Rory was a student athlete at SMSU who earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and justice administration while playing for the men's basketball team. He was captain of 2003-2004 team, and completed his career as the sixth all-time high in three-point field goals in SMSU’s history. Rory also earned a master's degree in Education: Sports Leadership from SMSU.

Rory chose to make coaching his career, and spent last season as the assistant men's basketball coach for the University of Minnesota-Morris. Morris finished second-place in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Rory also accepted the Interim Aspire Coordinator at the Cambridge Campus of Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Ben Seevers is another assistant coach whose love for the game led him to a second year at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. He is a former player and volunteer assistant coach from Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minn. Ben has also extensively participated in the AAU youth basketball organization, the Minnesota Comets. Seever's love for the game has led him to pursue a coaching career. Ben earned his associate's degree from Central Lakes College and a bachelor's in visual arts from St. Cloud State University.

Behind the leadership of the five returners, the 2008-2009 Golden Rams look to make a strong showing in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.

"We have a number of exceptional athletes between our returners and the new players," says head coach Larson. "The key is going to be getting everyone on the same page, building chemistry, and getting our guys to peak at the right time."

With so many new faces the coaches know that building chemistry on and off the court is going to take time. Ten newcomers fill out the roster so many will be expected to contribute right from the start.

"Ideally we would like more balance in terms of new players and returners," explains Larson. "Lacking that, we're going to need some of the first year players, and transfers, to mature quickly and perform consistently both offensively and defensively."

The coaching staff fully expects to contend for a spot in the conference tournament, something that has eluded the Golden Rams in recent years.

"Everything is geared toward making the conference tournament at the end of the season. That's our goal and with the talent we have it's something we feel is attainable," says Larson. "We aspire to make Anoka-Ramsey men's basketball competitive in our league in striving for local, state and national recognition and championships. This will take time but we are committed to the process. Our staff will also work towards making a difference in young men's lives as they work towards a two-year degree and then a four-year degree."

Don't miss out on seeing this year's team in action! See more information about Anoka-Ramsey Community College athletic programs, or call 763-433-1360.

Home Game Schedule - All Home Games are held at the Coon Rapids Campus Gymnasium

11/14 Fond du Lac, 8 p.m.
11/15 Bethel JV, 3 p.m.
11/29 Madison Area Tech, 3 p.m.
12/10 St. John's, 7 p.m.
12/12 Vermillion, 8 p.m.
12/13 Mesabi Range, 3 p.m.
1/7 Minnesota West, 8 p.m.
1/14 Ridgewater, 8 p.m.
1/28 Minneapolis, 8 p.m.
2/4 Rochester, 8 p.m.
2/14 Riverland 3 p.m.
2/18 Fergus Falls, 8 p.m.