A four-year letterwinner
with the Jackrabbits, Andy Kleinjan joins the men's basketball staff for the
2009-10 season as a graduate assistant after spending the last two years as a
teacher and boy's basketball coach at Watertown High School in Watertown, S.D.
In his two years with the
Arrow's, Kleinjan coached the freshman boy's team and helped guide the varsity
squad to a state title in 2008 as an assistant.
A Bruce, S.D., native,
Kleinjan played in 92 games in his Jackrabbit career, 26 of them in his senior
year, when he led the Jackrabbits with 60 points at the season-opening BCA
Classic, including a career-23 against VMI.
"Andy spent five years in
this system, so he brings a working knowledge of our program," said head coach
Scott Nagy. "He also played with some of these guys, so he knows the dynamics
of the team."
Before joining the
Jackrabbits, Kleinjan earned Gatorade Player of the Year honors in 2002 after
finishing his career at Sioux Valley High School with 1,205 points, which
includes a school record 26.7 per game as a senior. He also earned all-state
and Argus Leader First Five honors following his senior season.
Kleinjan also holds the
Sioux Valley record for points in a game with 40, with 14 field goals in a game
and for the most field goals in a career with 476.
Along with two state
basketball tournament appearances, Kleinjan ran in four state cross country
meets, three state track meets and graduated with a 3.4 grade point average.