Head Coach Guy Kalland (29th season)
Record at Carleton: 392-325 through 2011-12
Career Record: same
The 2011-12 season was Guy Kalland's 28th year on the Knights’ bench, having earned his second MIAC Coach of the Year award after guiding the Carleton to the top spot in the standings for the 2010-2011 season.
With Kalland at the helm, this past season saw the Knights win a share of the MIAC's regular-season title with the University of St. Thomas. It's the team's 20th overall conference title, its fifth MIAC regular-season title and second in the last six years. The team advanced to the semi-finals of the MIAC playoffs before falling to the Gusties of Gustavus Adolphus College.
Kalland and the Knights made an improbable run to get into the 2010 MIAC Playoffs by going 9-1 in the conference’s second half of the regular season, then upset nationally-ranked St. Thomas in the MIAC Playoff Semifinals and toppled Gustavus Adolphus in the conference championship to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the second time in Kalland’s tenure.
One of only four active coaches in the MIAC with 300 or more wins at his respective institution, Kalland is Carleton’s all-time leader in coaching victories and has led the Knights to winning seasons 19 times in his quarter-century tenure. The Knights have qualified for the MIAC Playoffs for ten consecutive seasons and 19 times overall under Kalland’s watch, including 18 of the last 22 seasons.
His teams are well prepared and play an intelligent, hard-nosed style at both ends of the floor. The Knights ranked second in the MIAC in scoring defense in 2009-10, allowing a mere 60.0 points per game in conference play, while ranking in the nation’s top four in fewest fouls per game, a category they’ve led all NCAA schools twice in the past four seasons.
The 2009-2010 season’s run mirrored that of the 2005–06 season, when Kalland and the Knights reeled off 17 straight MIAC regular-season wins en route to the program’s first conference title since 1965–66. The Knights advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, and Kalland was recognized as the MIAC and West Region coach of the year.
A 1974 graduate of Concordia College-Moorhead, Kalland runs a successful basketball camp during the summer, and is a professor in the Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation department at Carleton. Kalland and his wife, Linda, have a daughter, Abby Kershaw, a 2004 graduate of Carleton.
Assistant Coach Matt Christensen (fifth season)
Matt Christensen, a Northfield native, enters his fifth season as a collegiate-level assistant coach. The 2012-13 campaign will be his second as the lead assistant, as he added recruiting coordinator duties as well as overseeing the Knights' defense. He played four years at St. Olaf College, where he graduated in 2009 with a BA in political science. Christensen was the Oles’ starting point guard his senior year, ranking fifth among conference players in assists and being recognized as one of the league’s premier defenders. In addition to working at several basketball camps, he coached the Minnesota Fury AAU program to back-to-back state championships. He and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Northfield.
Assistant Coach Mark Klingberg (first season)
Mark Klingberg is in his first season on the Knights’ coaching staff. A member of the 1,000-point club at Valley City State University (N.D.), he played for the Vikings from 2007-2011 then stayed with the program last season as a student assistant coach before graduating in the spring.
Assistant Coach Matt Ramey (first season)
Matt Ramey joined the Knights prior to the 2012-13 season. He spent the last four years as an assistant coach to the varsity team and head coach of the JV and 9th-grade squads at New Life Academy in Woodbury, Minn. A 2006 graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University (Fla.) with a degree in Business Management, Ramey works at US Commodities in Minneapolis.