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Willmar coach joins staff of Wolves and Lynx Academy

Ridgewater College assistant men’s basketball coach Rick Houske has joined the staff of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx Basketball Academy, the teams announced.

Houske, of Willmar, moves into his new role after being involved with the academy for two years as a clinic coach, advisory board member and pregame announcer for tournaments.

The additions of Houske and another new staff member, Mark Anfinson, will help expand the organization’s reach in Minnesota and the five-state area through the organization, promotion and operation of youth basketball clinics, camps and tournaments, according to Jeff Munneke, Vice President of Fan Experience and Community Basketball for the Timberwolves and Lynx.

“As we look to strengthen and expand our programs outside of the Twin Cities area, Rick and Mark will be instrumental in helping to grow relationships with youth basketball teams, coaches and programs throughout Minnesota and in surrounding states,” said Munneke said. “These individuals are experienced and well-respected for their character and knowledge of the game. They are passionate about our organization, and we look forward to the growth they will bring to our program.”

Houske initially began his involvement with the Timberwolves organization in 2000 by bringing a travel team to play at Target Center for seven consecutive years. He then became a season ticket member in 2011 and an inaugural fan in the group known as the Wolves Army, a dedicated, raucous pack of Wolves fans that make up Section 121 in Target Center.

 Anfinson is a youth basketball trainer who has gained diverse knowledge and experience of the sport after playing all over the country. In 2003, he played on the winning team at the Hoop It Up National Championship 3 on 3 tournament and played at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

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