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Brent Larson resigns as Somerset boys basketball coach

Brent Larson is shown at the center of the huddle with his Somerset boys basketball team last winter.

Brent Larson is one of the most successful basketball coaches in Somerset High School history, but his time leading the Spartan program has ended.

Last Thursday, Larson accepted a position as an assistant coach for the UW-Eau Claire men’s basketball team. He submitted his coaching resignation the same day to Somerset Athletic Director John Walsh.

Larson ends his six-year run with the Spartans with a 76-61 career record. He led Somerset to a share of the Middle Border Conference championship in the 2013-14 season. The 2013-14 Spartans set a program record with 21 wins in a season. His six seasons made him second in coaching tenure among Middle Border Conference coaches.

Three of Larson’s six Somerset teams advanced to the sectional tournament level, including reaching the sectional finals in 2012.

Larson said the job opportunity at Eau Claire came up quickly, within the last three weeks.

“I’ll be working under head coach Matt Siverling, he’s a good friend of mine,” Larson said. “Coaching is my passion. I felt I’d regret it if I didn’t do it.”

Larson said his goal is to be able to find a full-time coaching position. His position at Eau Claire is part-time. He will also continue to work in the physical therapy field. Larson spent Sunday at a camp at UW-Eau Claire, getting to know many of the players on the Blugold roster. Siverling is going into his third season as the Blugolds’ head coach.

Larson, who played college basketball at Central Michigan University and UW-Stevens Point, said this was a difficult decision because of the positive experience he’s had in Somerset.

“I was really fortunate, with the players we had and the families. It’s bittersweet. It’s hard to leave the people here,” Larson said.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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