Northern State head men’s basketball coach, Paul Sather announced May 31 that Zach Horstman has been hired on as a full time assistant for the program. Horstman enters his new post after a successful two season stint as the Wolves graduate assistant.
Horseman is a Winner High School graduate where he was a standout basketball player.
“Zach has done a tremendous job these past two years and we’re excited to add him to our basketball staff full-time,” noted Sather. “He has had a huge impact on our program these past two years and has developed terrific relationships with our new and returning players, not to mention the 2019 recruiting class.”
In his first two seasons on staff, NSU went 58-12 overall and 37-7 in the Northern Sun. Horstman played a crucial part in the Wolves NCAA Elite 8 run this past season, as the team set a school record with 36 wins. Horstman worked primarily with the Wolves ‘bigs’, Carter Evans and Logan Doyle, who both ranked in the top-10 all-time in single season field goal percentage. Doyle was named to the NSIC All-Conference second team, NCAA Central Region All-Tournament team, and NCAA Elite 8 All-Tournament team.
“I want to thank President Dr. Tim Downs, Josh Moon, and Coach Sather for giving me an unbelievable opportunity to stay on staff here at Northern State,” explained Horstman. “To say that I’m excited is an understatement; I can’t wait to get to work and build on all the exciting things happening here at NSU.”
Horstman was involved in game prep and opponent scouting throughout the regular and post-season, as well as the recruiting efforts for the four incoming freshman in 2018-19. He planned and implemented team travel arrangements, in addition to academic hours and team study.
“I’ve learned so much in my two years under Coach Sather and am looking forward to continuing my development as a coach under him and Coach Jamie Stevens,” added Horstman. “Being able to learn from two coaches with a ton of success in coaching is a phenomenal opportunity.”
The Winner native began his coaching career on staff at the Sanford Pentagon working with a middle school team, as well as on-site and satellite camps through the venue.
“His experience with our recruiting, system of play, scouting, and game preparation will be invaluable for this upcoming season,” added Sather.
Horstman is a graduate of South Dakota State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical education. As a member of the Jackrabbit basketball squad, he appeared in 106 games. Horstman tallied 347 career points, while shooting 42.6 percent from the floor, 31.4 percent from the arch, and 68.4 percent from the foul line. He is also a 2018 graduate of Northern State with a master’s degree in sport performance and leadership.
Horstman continued, “Northern State and Aberdeen is a special place full of great people from our administration to our student-athletes to our unbelievable fan and community support. I’m very grateful to have an opportunity to serve this university and this community. Go Wolves!”
Horstman was a 4-year All-Big Dakota Conference selection and the 2011 South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year. He was also honored as the co-Mr. Basketball and the Argus Leader Player of the Year.