Silver Lake College Basketball Staff Update

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family men’s basketball coach Brandt Danals has announced a couple staff changes.

  • Kyle Hoffman, who served in a part-time capacity last season has been promoted to full-time and will also serve as the Recruiting Coordinator for the entire athletic department.
  • Jalen Karenke has also been tabbed as a Volunteer Assistant Coach.

“These personnel changes are huge steps forward, not only for our basketball staff, but for Silver Lake College of the Holy Family athletics,” Danals said.  “Kyle has had a tremendous impact on our program and our young men.  I’m excited to see the impact he can have on our guys now that he will be around on a full-time basis.  Jalen brings such a wealth of basketball experience to our staff and we are very fortunate to be able to bring him on board.  His experience on the bench will be invaluable to our team this season.”

Hoffman, a 2017 graduate of Concordia University Chicago, joined the program last season almost immediately after Coach Danals was hired.  Earlier this summer Hoffman earned his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Waldorf University.  Prior to joining the Lakers Hoffman served as the graduate assistant for one year at Waldorf University.  He has also served as an AAU coach for the Wisconsin Jets, the Green Bay Gunners, and the Chicago Courtmaster’s.  He is a native of Manitowoc and is a graduate of Manitowoc-Lincoln High School.  Since joining the Lakers last fall, Hoffman has married his wife Katie, and they now reside in Manitowoc.

Karenke, a 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, earned his Master’s Degree in Academic Advising from Kansas State University in 2012.  He joins the Lakers following extensive experience at the University of Wisconsin – Manitowoc where he has held roles with both the men’s and women’s basketball teams.  Karenke worked with the men’s program as an assistant coach during the 2015-2016 season before being appointed Interim Head Coach the following season.  In 2017-2018 he served as Associate Head Coach before transitioning to help the women’s program where he served as an Assistant Coach for the 2018-2019 season.  His responsibilities included running practices, game preparation, recruitment, and performing a number of administrative tasks.  Karenke is a native of Conover, Wisconsin and is a graduate of Northland Pines High School.

Silver Lake finished 10-20 last season and climbed as high as #10 in the USCAA National Coaches Poll in Brandt Danals’ first year as head coach.  Their double digit win total was the highest at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in over a decade.

The Lakers return three starters and will add two veteran redshirts in 2019-2020.  Included in the starters are USCAA All-American Byron Dean Jr., five-time USCAA National Player of the Week, Thomas Bullock, and sophomore wing Patrick Walls.  The Lakers will also be adding a number of new recruits to the roster for what promises to be an exciting season.

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