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 Coaching Staff

Mike Jewett | Associate Head Coach

Veteran collegiate coach Mike Jewett is in his seventh season as associate head coach and his eighth season overall with the South Dakota State University women’s basketball coaching staff.

Jewett oversees the team’s recruiting and is responsible for game scheduling, opponent scouting, post play development and team defense.

A Flandreau, S.D. native, he has coached at the collegiate level throughout the Midwest for 20 years. Prior to coaching the Jackrabbits, Jewett served as head coach at Southwest Minnesota State from 2006-10. The Mustangs improved their win total each of his four seasons on the bench, compiling a 15-12 record his final season.

His career record as a head coach stands at 110-85, including a three-year run at Franklin College (Ind.). At Franklin, Jewett guided the Grizzlies to the 2004 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles and a trip to the Division III National Tournament.

Jewett began his coaching career as a student and volunteer assistant at Augustana (S.D.) from 1992-97 where he helped the Vikings to four appearances in the NCAA Division II National Tournament and the NCAA regional in 1992. He was elevated to a full-time assistant in 1997 before moving to Franklin in 2001. Jewett returned to the North Central Conference as an assistant coach at St. Cloud State (Minn.), where he helped guide the Huskies to back-to-back NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearances in 2005 and 2006.

Jewett also served as head girls’ basketball coach at Brandon Valley High School from 1994-97 and was an English teacher at Marshall (Minn.) High School for two years before returning to collegiate coaching.

He and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of three children: Michaela, Kaden and Kate.


Carissa Thielbar | Assistant Coach

Carissa Thielbar returns to South Dakota State for her sixth season as an assistant coach.

She spent the 2017-18 season as and assistant coach at Colorado State where she helped the Rams to a 21-12 record and WNIT postseason appearance.  

Prior to CSU, Thielbar was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Bucknell University for two seasons. She helped the Bison to a program-best 27-6 record, a Patriot League title and 2017 NCAA Tournament appearance.

The former Carissa Nord spent four seasons at South Dakota State, serving as a graduate assistant during the 2011-12 season and then as an assistant coach from 2013-15.

During her tenure, the Jackrabbits made the NCAA Tournament three times and reached the WNIT semifinals in 2013-14. SDSU claimed both Summit League regular-season and postseason tournament titles her first three seasons on the bench. The Jacks compiled a 99-36 overall record, including a 55-9 mark in league play, during her four years on the bench.

A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Thielbar also coached at the NCAA Division II and Division III levels. During the 2009-10 season, she helped lead the University of Chicago (Illinois) to a 19-7 record and a berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. In 2010-11, she served as a graduate assistant at Wayne State College (Nebraska), where she was part of a coaching staff that helped lead the Wildcats to a 26-4 overall record, a regular-season title in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and a berth in the NCAA Division II Central Regional.

Thielbar played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for three seasons, serving as team captain for one year. She averaged more than 10 points per game for her career and during the 2007-08 campaign she shot 45 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Thielbar earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2009, and completed a master’s degree in sports pedagogy at South Dakota State.

Thielbar and her husband, former Jackrabbit pitcher and member of the Detroit Tigers organization Caleb, reside in Brookings.


Megan Lueck | Assistant Coach

Megan Lueck is in her second season with the Jackrabbit women's basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach after joining in June 2018.

“Megan will be an outstanding addition to the Jackrabbit family,” SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston said in announcing her hire. “She has strong ties to the Midwest and she has worked with outstanding coaches in our profession. Megan’s past experiences will help us build on the tradition of success we have established for our program.”

Lueck (pronounced LOO-eck) spent last season at Florida State, serving as the video coordinator for a squad that posted a 26-7 record and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She oversaw all scouting, practice and gameday videos for the Seminoles, while also coaching the practice players, assisting with recruiting efforts and overseeing 15 team managers.

Prior to arriving at Florida State, Lueck spent the 2015-16 season as the women's basketball video coordinator at Vanderbilt.

A native of Winona, Minnesota, Lueck began her collegiate coaching career by spending a year and half at Mercer University as a graduate assistant. In addition to managing all film and video operations, she directed basketball camps and helped with the team's marketing and social media efforts.

Lueck co-founded The Coaching Assist during her time at Mercer. The connective resource tool bridges a gap between aspiring coaches and current coaches through engaging interviews that offer advice and guidance into pursuing the profession.

A four-year letterwinner at Minnesota-Duluth from 2010-14, Lueck was the Bulldogs’ captain in 2013-14 and a three-time NSIC All-Academic Team member. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Minnesota Duluth in 2014 and received her master’s degree in educational leadership from Mercer in 2015.

Lueck starred at Winona High School, where she is the program’s all-time leading scorer.


Kristin Rotert | Director of Operations

Kristin Rotert is in her second season as the Jackrabbits’ director of operations. Her duties include coordinating team travel, assisting with on-campus recruiting and organizing camps.

Since graduating from SDSU in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health promotion, Rotert has stayed active in basketball by working as an instructor with Warwick Workouts in Sioux Falls and Aberdeen-based Eyes Up Sports, as well as coaching the South Dakota Attack U17 AAU team from 2014-17. She also has served as a personal trainer, youth mentoring director and teacher.

Rotert lettered for the Jackrabbits from 2007-11 and finished her career tied for the all-time lead in three-pointers made (250 – since broken) and eighth in scoring (1,484 points).

The Salem native was honored as The Summit League Sixth Woman of the Year and on the All-Newcomer Team during her freshman season and was a second-team all-league selection as a senior. She was named the MVP of the 2011 Summit League Basketball Championship as the Jackrabbits reached the NCAA Tournament for the third time.

Rotert is completing a master's degree in educational studies.