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Coaching Staff

Lance Walsten - Head Coach

Coach Walsten is in his first year as Varsity Coach for Rosemount.  He played for John Oxton at Lakeville High School where he received All Conference Honors.  After high school he played four years of basketball at St. Mary's University in Winona receiving MIAC All Conference Honorable Mention.

After college he returned to Lakeville to teach at McGuire Junior High and assist John Oxton for five years, going to state three years and winning the state title in 2013.    He continued to teach at McGuire while being the head boys' coach at Faribault High School for the past three years.

Coach Walsten has also joined the RHIS staff as a full time social studies teacher.  

Coach Walsten can be reached by email at


Mike Sullivan - Varsity Assistant Coach / Junior Varsity Coach

Coach Sullivan is entering his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Irish. Sullivan joined the Rosemount staff after 13 years in the Eagan basketball program. While at Eagan, Mike spent two seasons as the 1Oth grade coach, 10 seasons as the JV coach, and one season as their interim head coach. Sullivan was named section coach of the year in 2012 as head coach of Eagan.

Mike has worked in District 196 for the past 23 years as a Physical Education teacher and a Peer Leader in the Q-Comp Program. Mike currently teaches at Apple Valley High School. Mike graduated from Apple Valley High School and holds a Bachelor of Science from Bemidji State University. He also holds a Masters in School Administration and Administrative License, both from Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Mike resides in Rosemount with his wife Beth, daughters Mikaela and Brenna, and son Sean.

Coach Sullivan can be reached by email at or by phone at 651-357-3360.

Ryan Mikiska - 10th Grade Head Coach

Coach Mikiska is in his third season as a coach with the Irish, taking over the 10th grade team in the 2016-2017 season. Prior to his time at Rosemount, he coached in the girls program at Minneapolis Edison High School where he was an assistant coach. He has also spent several years coaching youth basketball throughout the metro area.

Coach Mikiska can be reached by email at or by phone at 952-686-4151.

Joe Early - 9th Grade Coach

Coach Early enters his second season as a 9th grade coach with the Irish.  Joe has many years of high school coaching experience, most recently on the staff at Winter High School and Osceola High School in WI.  Joe is also a 4 year letter winner from Ripon College.  Coach Early is in his first year as a Math Teacher at Rosemount High School.  He currently resides in the Rosemount community with his wife, Lindsay and daughter, Keira.

Coach Early can be reached by email at or by phone at 651-894-3032.

Jacob Bambenek - 9th Grade Coach

Jacob joins the Irish as a first year coach with the program.  Jacob has spent time coaching at the youth and high school level (Prior Lake) in recent years and comes from a sports family. Jacob was a 3 sport high school athlete and also played football at Winona State University, where he graduated in 2013.  Jacob is currently a Physical Education teacher at Dakota Ridge.

Coach Bambenek can be reached by email at or by phone at 608-769-1098.

Kyla Kaupa - Volunteer Assistant Coach

Kyle is returning again this year to help the Rosemount Basketball program as an assistant coach for the 9th and 10th grade levels.  Kyle is a former Rosemount Basketball Player.

Coach Kaupa can be reached by email at

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