CEDAR RAPIDS – It’ll probably be some Tom Davis, with a little Steve Alford thrown in.
Those are the two guys Ryan Luehrsmann played for at the University of Iowa and his two biggest coaching influences. The 34-year-old was officially named head boys’ basketball coach Friday at Cedar Rapids Xavier.
“I’ve always had a special relationship with Coach Davis,” Luehrsmann said. “I’ll definitely incorporate some of the things I learned from him. I played for Coach Alford for a year, too. It’ll probably be a combination of things.”
Luehrsmann replaces Matt Jenkins, who resigned last month after three years at Xavier. He played from 1996 to 2000 for the Hawkeyes, a member of two NCAA tournament teams, including the 1999 Sweet 16 squad.
A two-time Class 4A first-team all-stater at Cedar Rapids Washington, Luehrsmann was Mississippi Valley Conference Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996.
“This just feels right,” he said.
Luehrsmann said he first considered coaching as a senior at Iowa, but couldn’t find an open graduate assistant position. He continued to whet his basketball appetite by working camps at Duke and Kansas but eventually settled down with a wife and children instead.
He changed careers from medical sales to insurance a year and a half ago, which allowed him to get back into coaching. He coached the Xavier freshmen the past two seasons.
And now this.
“I’ve had a couple of good years over there (at Xavier),” he said. “I’ve enjoyed being able to work with the student-athletes.
“I’m excited about this opportunity.”