Aug. 11—BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men's basketball team welcomed a pair of newcomers to the program on Thursday, as head coach Mike Mike Boschee announced the addition of two new assistant coaches.
Alex Fodness and Tristan Rohwer will help command the huddle this winter for BSU, including Fodness serving as the top assistant.
Fodness spent the 2021-22 season as the head coach at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. The Spartans led the NJCCA in opponent turnovers per game (21.3) while finishing 9-17 overall. Fodness previously spent one year as an assistant coach at Independence Community College (Kan.), where the Pirates finished 13-10 and had one NJCCA All-American.
Fodness graduated from South Dakota State in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and earned his master's degree from SDSU in sport and recreation studies in 2016.
Before Rohwer joined Bemidji State, he was an assistant coach at the College of St. Scholastica in 2021-22 and finished 5-21 overall. He was also an assistant at Lake Region State College from 2019-21 and contributed to a combined record of 24-31, including a 15-9 campaign last winter.
Rohwer earned his bachelor's degree in sport management from the University of Minnesota in 2019.
Fodness and Rohwer replace assistants Mike Iseman and Maverick Harris, both of whom have left the program this offseason for other coaching gigs. Harris spent one year with the Beavers, while Iseman's four seasons are tied for the longest tenure for an assistant coach in the nine-year Boschee era.