Waves Add Darron Larsen to Complete Coaching Staff
Larsen coached one season with head coach Ryan Weisenberg in New Zealand.
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine women’s basketball head coach Ryan Weisenberg announced his final hiring of the summer to fill out his coaching staff, bringing in Darron Larsen as an assistant coach with the Waves.
Larsen comes to Pepperdine with a wealth of coaching experience in his native New Zealand, serving at both the prep and professional level. Larsen previously served as Weisenberg’s assistant with the Manawatu Jets in the New Zealand National Basketball League for one season before Weisenberg came to Malibu.
Larsen took over as head coach of the Jets in January of 2014, serving in that role until accepting the position at Pepperdine. It was Larsen’s second stint as the Jets head coach after also leading the team from 2005-07. Larsen was part of the staff, along with Weisenberg, that led the Jets to a third place finish and a spot in the league’s final four in 2012. Josh Pace, now also coaching for the Waves, was the team and league’s leading scorer during that season.
Prior to his time with the Jets, Larsen was an assistant with the Hawkes Bay Hawks in 2008-09. He also served as an assistant coach with the New Zealand Men’s National Team during Olympic Qualifiers in 2007. He was the head coach of the New Zealand Universities Men’s Team in 2007 as well, coaching the squad in the World University Games in Thailand
Larsen has also served as a coach at the junior and prep ranks, coaching the Feilding High School boys team from 2002-2015 and the girls team from 2005-07. Larsen coached the boys to seven regional appearances and one regional championship in 2012. He was also the head coach of the New Zealand U-18 Men’s Team from 2010-2012. Larsen coached the New Zealand U-16 squad to a championship at the Australian Junior Country Cup in 2005.
Also a successful player in his own right, Larsen played 12 years for the Manawatu Jets from 1993-2004. Larsen was named team MVP in the 1998 season, finishing second in the league in 3-point shooting percentage. He was regularly in the top five in the league in 3-point field goal percentage from 1998-2003. Larsen was also selected to try out for the New Zealand Men’s National Team in 1998 and 1999.
Larsen received his bachelor’s degree in teaching from Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand in 2000. He has also worked as a Sports Coordinator and teacher in charge of year 11 sports at Feilding High School. He has been married to his wife Toni Larsen since 2003.