Joe Krabbenhoft joined the Jackrabbits as an assistant coach on June 17, 2013 after spending the 2012-13 season as the video coordinator on Bo Ryan’s basketball staff at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, and after playing three years of professional basketball both overseas and in the United States.
“What we saw from Joe in college is kind of what we get from him as an assistant coach, he wants toughness from our guys,” head coach Scott Nagy said. “He’s been a good recruiter for us, and he’s strong in the Upper Midwest, where we need a strong recruiter. He’s brought a good level of competition to our staff.”
A Sioux Falls native, Krabbenhoft started his rise at Roosevelt High School, where he still holds the school record for points scored in a game with 37 and field goals in a game with 14. He also holds the school’s single-season record with 240 rebounds and a 10.4 rebounds per game average in 2004-05, he also holds the school’s career record with 544 rebounds. When he graduated in 2005, his 911 career points and his 222 career assists both ranked third in school history.
For his efforts in high school, Krabbenhoft earned all-city, all-conference and all-state honors in 2003, 2004 and 2005; State ‘AA’ All-Tournament Team honors in 2003 and 2005, along with Argus Leader ‘First Five’ honors and South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year honors in 2005.
Krabbenhoft played his college ball at Wisconsin from 2005-09, appearing in a school-record 136 career games, including 70 starts — during which the Badgers posted a 100-36 record and made four NCAA Tournament appearances. He earned all-Big Ten Freshman Team honors in 2006 and a place on the all-Big Ten Defensive Team in 2008, when Wisconsin won both the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. As a senior captain in 2009, he completed his career by earning honorable mention all-Big Ten recognition and also became a recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor Award.
In four years as a Badger, Krabbenhoft scored 827 points, with 756 rebounds and 273 assists, making him the only player in Wisconsin history to post at least 750 boards and 250 assists, and just the fifth player in Big Ten history to reach those milestones.
After graduating from Wisconsin in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Krabbenhoft embarked on a professional playing career that included stints with the Portland Trailblazers in the NBA Summer League in both 2009 and 2010, and with the NBA Development League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce during the 2009-10 season, where he averaged 13.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in 21 games with 13 starts.
Krabbenhoft also appeared in 23 games during the 2009-10 season with the South Korea Knights in the Korean Basketball League. In 23 games with the Knights, he averaged 11.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
After scoring 25 points in two games with Forca Lleida in the Spanish LEB Gold League to start the 2010-11 season, Krabbenhoft took his game to Greece, where he played 38 games with the Panellinios Basketball Club in the Greek A1 League, including 12 games in the 2010-11 EuroCup. He played in 40 games during the 2010-11 season with 34 starts and averaged 7.7 points and 5.1 rebounds.
For his final season as a professional in 2011-12, Krabbenhoft returned to Spain and LEB Gold League, this time with Leche Rio Breogan Lugo, where he averaged 10.1 points and 6.4 rebounds over 27 games, with 22 starts.
Krabbenhoft and his wife Sara live in Brookings with their sons Joe and Tristan.