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Eric Peterson, Published April 15 2014

Minnesota-Crookston hires men's basketball head coach from Dragons staff

MOORHEAD – Dan Weisse is leaving Minnesota State Moorhead, but staying in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Weisse was named head men’s basketball coach at Minnesota-Crookston on Tuesday after spending the three previous seasons as an assistant coach with the Dragons.

“It is a lifelong dream to be a head coach, and to do it in one of the best Division II conferences in the country, that means a lot,” Weisse said.

Weisse takes over for Jeff Oseth, who didn’t have his contract renewed after 12 seasons as head coach for the Golden Eagles.

UMC had a 4-23 record last season, including a 1-21 mark in the NSIC.

“I know what challenges are all about, and I am up for the challenge,” said Weisse, who is from Oshkosh, Wis.

Weisse played Division I college basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for head coaches Bo Ryan and Bruce Pearl. Ryan is now the head coach at Wisconsin and Pearl is the head coach at Auburn.

MSUM head coach Chad Watlhall said he would like the find a replacement for Weisse as soon as possible. Weisse was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Dragons. MSUM had a 21-8 record last season.

“It’s a compliment to our program more than anything,” Walthall said of Weisse getting a head coaching job. “It shows people are taking notice to what we’re doing.”

Prior to his time with MSUM, Weisse spent four seasons at North Dakota State, serving as director of basketball operations under former Bison head coach Saul Phillips. Phillips is now the head coach at the University of Ohio.

“I am embracing the opportunity for sure,” Weisse said. “I am ready to hit the floor running.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

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