Mitchell High School picks Ryker Kreutzfeldt to be new boys basketball coach

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Jul. 12—Mitchell High School has tapped Ryker Kreutzfeldt to be its next boys basketball coach.

The Kernels announced Kreutzfeldt would move from assistant to head coach Monday, ending a month-long search in the wake of Todd Neuendorf's resignation on June 4. Kreutzfeldt is a 2014 Mitchell graduate who served as an assistant to the Kernels for the past four seasons.

Kreutzfeldt has coached the Kernel sub-varsity teams, while assisting in scouting reports. He has also served as the team's de facto head coach for summer workouts during the coaching search.

"This community means so much to me, and I will work tirelessly to put a product on the floor that Mitchell can be proud of," Kreutzfeldt said in a statement. "We have taken big steps towards getting Kernel boys basketball back to where we need to be, and I look forward to working with our student athletes and staff to make sure we are continuing to move in the right direction."

Mitchell went 25-62 during Kreutzfeldt's four seasons as an assistant, but he has taken a more active role in day-to-day coaching with the varsity during the last two years.

The 2020-21 season marked a turnaround for the Kernels, posting a 15-win season and returning to the Class AA state tournament for the first time in five years. Mitchell had just 15 victories in the prior four seasons before the 2020-21 campaign

"No one has invested more and had a greater impact on the boys basketball program in the past four years than Coach Kreutzfeldt," Mitchell High School Activities Director Cory Aadland said in a statement. "He has played an integral role in the restoration of the program. He has been highly involved in every aspect of the program during his time on staff, providing key insight on game preparation and leading all scouting and player development efforts. He has earned the respect of members of the boys basketball program and undoubtedly deserves this opportunity. I look forward to working with Coach Kreutzfeldt to continue building the Mitchell boys basketball program and developing it as an annual contender in AA basketball."

Neuendorf cited a desire to get closer to his family in the northeast part of the state in leaving Mitchell. A native of Watertown, he intends to coach the Hamlin High School boys basketball team this winter.

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