Aaron Aanonsen | Head Coach
Wisconsin Lutheran College Director of Athletics Skip Noon announced the hiring of Aaron Aanonsen as head men's basketball coach of the Warriors. Aanonsen, who will also serve as Associate Director of Athletics, comes to Wisconsin Lutheran after spending the past nine seasons as head men's basketball coach at fellow Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference member Lakeland University. He becomes the fifth head men's basketball coach in Wisconsin Lutheran history.
"I would like to thank Skip Noon and the entire administration at WLC," said Aanonsen. "It's a blessing from God to be able to work at such a special institution, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity they have given me. I am excited to mentor the student-athletes and help prepare them for lives of Christian leadership. I look forward to working with Skip and the rest of the WLC family for many years to come."
In nine seasons as the Muskies' head coach, Aanonsen compiled a 137-100 coaching record, including a stretch of six straight winning seasons (2010-2016). LU qualified for the NACC Tournament six times during Aanonsen's tenure, including back-to-back NACC Tournament Championship appearances in 2012 and 2013.
The second-winningest coach in Lakeland history, Aanonsen increased his win total in each of his first five seasons as head coach, and is the only coach to lead a team to back-to-back 20-win seasons since the Muskies joined NCAA Division III.
Aanonsen led the Muskies to a 22-6 overall record in 2012-2013, including a 13-3 mark in the NACC. The team's 22 wins broke the school record since becoming an NCAA affiliated institution, and its 15-2 start was the best 17-game start in Lakeland's 84-year history for men's basketball.
Aanonsen produced 21 All-Conference players, two All-Americans, two All-Region selections, seven All-Freshman selections, and four 1,000-point scorers in nine seasons at the helm of the Muskies. Players under Aanonsen's tutelage hold eight NACC career records.
"We're thrilled to have Aaron join our staff," said Skip Noon. "He brings a wealth of experience to the department, not just as a basketball coach and recruiter, but as an administrator. I'm excited to have someone lead the men's basketball program who understands that his most important role is to build Christian leaders."
Aanonsen and his wife, Brye, reside in Howards Grove with their three children: daughters Ambryn and Eden, and son Avrie.
George Hass | Assistant Coach
George Haas is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team.
Prior to joining the Warriors coaching staff, Haas coached for six seasons at Carroll University in Waukesha. During his tenure there, the Pioneers played in the Midwest Conference Tournament Championship game four times. They won the conference tournament for the first time in school history and qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament where they went 1-1. Haas was in charge of Carroll's big men and helped develop four players who received all-conference honors.
Before joining the Pioneers, Haas was a highly-successful coach at Wauwatosa East High School for 27 years – 13 years as the junior varsity coach and 14 years as the varsity head coach. His teams won 482 games, including a 270-50 record at the varsity level.
In his 14 years as a varsity head coach, Wauwatosa East won 12 conference championships, while advancing to the WIAA state tournament in 1997 and 2002. Haas won several conference Coach of the Year awards and was named the WBCA Coach of the Year in 2002.
During his high school tenure, Haas coached several players who went on to successful collegiate careers and four players that eventually played in the National Basketball Association – Tony Smith, Devin Harris, Scott Merritt, and Jerry Smith.
Micah Biesterfeld | Assistant Coach
Micah Biesterfeld is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team.
Biesterfeld played basketball for the Warriors from 2004-2007. During his three-year career, he helped the team win the Lake Michigan Conference Tournament and a berth in the NCAA Tournament during the 2005-2006 season. Biesterfeld earned Second Team All-Northern Athletics Conference in 2006-2007. He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran in 2008.
Biesterfeld was the head coach of the Wisconsin Ballers AAU team and was also an assistant coach of the Junior Chargers AAU team.
Biesterfeld is an account manager at Direct Drive Logistics. He and his wife, Robina, daughter, Painter, and son, Memphis, reside in Greenfield.
Rudy Bentley | Graduate Assistant
Rudy Bentley is in his first season as a graduate assistant coach for the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team. He joins the Warriors coaching staff after serving for one season as an assistant coach under current Warriors head coach Aaron Aanonsen at Lakeland University.
In his first season as an assistant coach, Bentley was the head of guard development, assisted in practice planning, responsible for scouting, and had an extensive amount of recruiting responsibilities.
During the summer months, Bentley works for Point Guard College where he travels the country and teaches basketball and leadership skills to high school and college-level athletes. In March 2016, Bentley traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, where he assisted in running basketball camps for underprivileged youth. Bentley also does an extensive amount of individual and small group basketball training. His clientele has ranges from middle school ages to professional athletes.
Bentley was a four-year starter in college. Following his freshman year at Carroll University, Bentley finished his collegiate career at Beloit College. In his three-and-a-half seasons playing for the Bucs, Bentley scored over 900 points, ranked third in assists in program history, and was a team captain both his junior and senior seasons. Bentley was also a four-time Academic All-Conference award winner. He earned a bachelor's degree in business economics from Beloit in 2016.
The Madison native attended East High School where he was a three-year letterwinner and First Team All-Big 8 Conference selection as a senior for the Purgolders. Bentley lives in Milwaukee and is enrolled in the college's Master of Arts program, specializing in leadership and innovation.