Aaron Aanonsen is in his third season as head men's basketball coach at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Aanonsen, who also serves as Associate Director of Athletics, came to Wisconsin Lutheran after spending nine seasons as head men's basketball coach at fellow Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference member Lakeland University. He is the fifth head men's basketball coach in Wisconsin Lutheran history.
In his second season patrolling the sidelines at WLC, the Warriors made great strides, posting a 12-13 overall record and an even 10-10 mark in conference play. Senior Collin Kennedy was named First Team All-NACC and D3hoops.com Second Team All-Central Region. In addition, junior Andrew Bruggink received Honorable Mention accolades.
In nine seasons as the Muskies' head coach, Aanonsen compiled a 137-100 coaching record, including a stretch of six straight winning seasons (2010-2016). LU qualified for the NACC Tournament six times during Aanonsen's tenure, including back-to-back NACC Tournament Championship appearances in 2012 and 2013.
The second-winningest coach in Lakeland history, Aanonsen increased his win total in each of his first five seasons as head coach, and is the only coach to lead a team to back-to-back 20-win seasons since the Muskies joined NCAA Division III.
Aanonsen led the Muskies to a 22-6 overall record in 2012-2013, including a 13-3 mark in the NACC. The team's 22 wins broke the school record since becoming an NCAA-affiliated institution, and its 15-2 start was the best 17-game start in Lakeland's 85-year history for men's basketball.
Aanonsen produced 21 All-Conference players, two All-Americans, two All-Region selections, seven All-Freshman selections, and four 1,000-point scorers in nine seasons at the helm of the Muskies. Players under Aanonsen's tutelage hold eight NACC career records.
Aanonsen and his wife, Brye, reside in Jackson with their three children, daughters Ambryn and Eden, and son Avrie.