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Jeff Kaminsky begins his ninth year as head men’s basketball coach for Valley City State University. Having established the basketball program with an identity of “Where the Defense Never Rests”, Kaminsky has led the Vikings back to prominence with 20-win seasons in four of the last six years.
Last year, Kaminsky guided the Vikings to their first National Tournament appearance since 1987. A 75-72 loss to Indiana Southeast in the opening round ended the Viking season with a 23-7 record. They finished the year receiving votes in the Top 25 poll, and guard Sekani Milligen was named a 2nd Team All American. VCSU ranked No. 8 in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.401) and No. 12 in scoring defense per game (62.4).
Kaminsky led the Vikings in 2007-08 to the program's first 20-win season in 20 years with a 22-8 record. He followed it up by leading the Vikings to the DAC Co-Championship in 2009-10, finishing 20-10. The Vikings once again finished with a 20-10 record in 2011-12. His overall record at VCSU is 135-101.
Prior to arriving at VCSU, Kaminsky served 11 seasons as head coach at University of Wisconsin-Superior and has been a head coach for 25 seasons with an overall head coaching record of 404-324.
Highlights include having the WIAC Player of the Year, sweeping 2004 National Champion UW-Stevens Point in conference play, and building a competitive program. He also served as the interim athletic director for an athletic department with 16 sports from 2000-2004.
Prior to his time at UW-Superior, Kaminsky spent seven seasons as the Head Coach of Mid State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids. While there, he guided the Cougars to a 153-70 record, and three consecutive Wisconsin Junior College State Championships. From the 1990-91 season to the 1993-94 season, MSTC had a record of 109-31 and three WTCC Conference Championships. Kaminsky's emphasis on defense and team play established Mid State as a contender on the state and national levels of junior college basketball.
Before taking over the MSTC program, Kaminsky was a graduate assistant at Division I Kent State University. At Kent, Kaminsky earned a master's degree in Sports Psychology and helped the Golden Flashes to a 19-10 record and a second-place finish in the Mid American Conference during the 1986-87 season.
As a player, Kaminsky was named to the Junior College All-American Honorable Mention Team in 1982-83, when he led the College of DuPage (IL) to a 28-4 record. After graduating from DuPage, Kaminsky went on to play at Grand Valley State University (MI). In his senior year, he was voted scholar athlete of the year and best defensive player, leading his team to a 21-7 record and a 'Sweet Sixteen' appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament.
Kaminsky graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State and was named the GLIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. As a graduate assistant at Division I Kent State, he received his master's degree in Sport Psychology.
Nathan Stover is entering his ninth year of assisting Coach Kaminsky and the Viking Men’s Basketball Team. Nathan also serves as the VCSU Intramural Director.
During his time at VCSU, Stover has helped Coach Kaminsky turn the program into an annual contender for conference titles and a spot in the National Tournament. After coming close in previous years, the Vikings broke through in 2012-13 with their first national tournament appearance since 1987.
Prior to joining the staff at VCSU, Coach Stover spent three years as the head boys basketball coach at Jamestown High School (N.D.) from 2002-2005 and one year as the head girls and head boys coach at Harvey High School (N.D.) during the 2001-2002 school year.
Coach Stover began his coaching career in college as a student assistant coach at NDSU working under Tom Billeter and Ray Giacoletti. He continued his coaching stint with the NDSU men’s basketball team from 1999-2001 as the graduate assistant coach.
Stover worked extensively with former NDSU and current NCAA Division I head coaches Ray Giacoletti (Drake University), Ben Jacobson (University of Northern Iowa) and Greg McDermott (Creighton).
A native of Larimore, N.D., Stover is a 1999 VCSU graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Elem. Education. Stover also received his Master’s Degree in Sports Management from NDSU in 2006.
Matt Karlgaard is entering his seventh season with the Vikings. Coach Karlgaard spent three years as a Student Assistant under Kaminsky at VCSU, and now moves into his fourth full season as an Assistant Coach with the Vikings.
Originally from Litchville, N.D., Karlgaard is a 2006 graduate of Litchville-Marion High School. Coach Karlgaard is a 2010 graduate of VCSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Office Management, and a minor in Athletic Coaching. Karlgaard also received his Master's Degree in Recreation and Sports Sciences from Ohio University in June of 2012.