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When Head Coach Mike Holmes spent time the previous summer coaching college graduates in a European exposure league, he never bargained he would get an assistant coach out of the deal. Holmes coached Andy Peterson, a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, in the league and quickly formed a bond with him.
Holmes said, "Andy is the type of guy you take to right away. I was impressed with his tactical knowledge and work ethic, but mostly I could just tell he would relate to players in a substantial way, so I started the recruiting process to get him on staff."
Peterson joined the Spartan family last season, and brought a great deal to the table with his understanding of the style of play and teaching points in the program. After a successful season helping to guide Southwestern to 14 wins, Peterson accepted an offer to join the staff at Northwest Missouri State.
"A few things played out in the decision," said Holmes. "Andy got engaged over the year and he can now be closer to his fiancee, but also the fact that he can return to his alma mater makes it a great move for him. We will miss him a great deal, but I am happy for him."
Peterson said, "I couldn't have asked for a better place to start my coaching career. Coach Holmes with basketball and Coach Krejci as an A.D. were tremendous in letting me grow and mature as a professional and as a coach. Holmes has a different philosophy than I have ever been around, so I was constantly learning new ideas and ways to get things done...and that's priceless for me as a coach. Everyone at Southwestern was just a treat to work with and I honestly don't have one negative thing to say about my year with the Spartans."
The Spartan coaching staff got a look at some promising high school players as it hosted the 2011 Southwestern Team Camp last weekend, June 25-26. Participating teams included Creston, Nodaway Valley, Orient-Macksburg, Panorama, Adair-Casey, Saydel, and Mt. Ayr. It is the third year Southwestern has run its team camp in attempts to revitalize efforts to bring high school players to campus over the summer.
Southwestern's 2011-12 men's basketball schedule was announced today by Head Coach Mike Holmes, and features contest against three Division I opponents, junior colleges in Nebraska and Missouri, and a Thanksgiving Tournament. Once again, Southwestern will challenge itself with Division I schools Iowa Western, Marshalltown, and State Fair. Around a grueling conference schedule, including home games against three teams that were nationally ranked last season (Kirkwood, Des Moines Area, and Iowa Central), Southwestern will travel to Nebraska twice to play Central Nebraska and Southeast Nebraska. The Spartans will also continue their home and home contests with North Central Missouri. See the schedule page for the full Southwestern basketball schedule for 2011-12.
For Southwestern, a versatile center is of paramount importance. Head Coach Mike Holmes was able to land such a center, but had to look West to find him. Devin Kastrup, a 6'8" center from Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, brings inside and outside skill to the Spartans. Kastrup’s shooting touch first caught Holmes' attention, and then he later impressed with his inside ability to finish. Holmes said, "I was very pleased with the type of guy we were getting in this season, but we still really needed an impact center. We hit the jackpot with Devin. Not only can he score from anywhere, but I am impressed at what an exceptional passer he is."