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Guy Kalland, Men's Basketball

Guy Kalland, Men's Basketball actionHead Coach Guy Kalland (33rd season)
Record at Carleton:
441-378 through 2015-16
Career Record: same
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The 2016-17 season will mark Guy Kalland's 33rd year on the Knights’ bench. He is one of only two active coaches in the MIAC with more than 300 wins at his respective institution. Kalland has earned MIAC Coach-of-the-Year honors twice, 2006 and 2011.

Kalland is Carleton’s all-time leader in coaching victories and has led the Knights to winning seasons 21 times. The Knights have qualified for the MIAC Playoffs in 11 out of the last 15 seasons and 20 times overall under Kalland’s watch, including 19 of the last 27 seasons.

In 2015-16, the Knights defeated eventual national champion St. Thomas on its home floor and eventually finished in a tie for sixth place in the MIAC standings but missed the playoffs due to a tiebreaker.  

The 2010-11 season saw the Knights win a share of the MIAC's regular-season title, the program’s 20th overall conference title and its second in the last seven years.

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. In the postseason, they 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.

His teams are well prepared and play an intelligent, hard-nosed style at both ends of the floor. The Knights ranked first in the MIAC in scoring defense for the 2015-16 season, allowing 65.6 points per game, while giving up an average of only 63.2 points per game over the last five seasons. The squad has led all NCAA schools in fewest fouls per game four out the past eight seasons, including the 2013-14 campaign.

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 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 Ryan Kershaw (4th season)Ryan Kershaw, Men's basketball action
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Ryan Kershaw begins his fourth season on the Knights bench in 2016-17, as he joined the Carleton coaching staff prior to the 2013-14 campaign. A veteran of the MIAC, Kershaw has spent the last 16 seasons as a player or coach within the conference.

Prior to joining the athletic department at Carleton, Kershaw served six seasons as the top assistant coach at Augsburg College where he played a significant role in guiding the Auggies to one of the most impressive turnarounds in recent MIAC history. During the five-season span from 2008-2013, the Auggies recorded the second-highest winning percentage among conference squads (.647) and appeared in the post-season four times, including a trip to the 2013 conference playoff championship game. During the 2012-13 season, the Auggies recorded an overall record of 21-7, the highest single-season win total for an Augsburg team since 1999.

Kershaw played four seasons at another MIAC school, St. Olaf College, graduating with a bachelor's degree in social studies education in 2004. He then spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach for the Oles before accepting a position at Augsburg where he completed his master’s degree in leadership in 2013.

In addition to his coaching duties, Kershaw also assists in the Sports Information Department at Carleton. He and his wife, Abby ’04, and their son, Cade (3), live in Northfield.

Assistant Coach Conner Nord (1st season)   Connor Nord headshot
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The newest member of the Carleton staff, Conner Nord is set to join the Knights bench during the 2016-17 campaign. Prior to joining the Knights coaching staff, Nord, spent the 2015-16 season overseas, as he played professionally for BBC Coburg in Southern Germany. Nord will be involved in virtually every aspect of the Knights program, including recruiting, game preparation and player development.

No stranger to the MIAC, Nord was a four-year letter winner and two-year team captain at the University of St. Thomas from 2011-15. A two-time All-MIAC selection, Nord became the eighth St. Thomas player in school history to record 1,000 career points and 600 career rebounds. During his four-year playing career, Nord played in 117 games and helped lead the Tommies to a 98-19 record, which included a berth in the Division III Final Four during the 2012-13 season.

A native of Eden Prairie, Minn., Nord has served as a club coach for the Minnesota Heat organization for the past three summers.