FIRE COACHING STAFF
Curt Klaahsen, Head Coach, Mason City Girls' Basketball
Coach Klaahsen is the head girls' basketball coach at Mason City, currently in his 6th year, and his 25th year of teaching and coaching overall. He grew up in George, Iowa and graduated from George High School, and eventually Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. His teaching and coaching career has taken him through the schools of Newell-Fonda, Atlantic, Cherokee, and now Mason City, where he lives with his wife Margo, who works as a graphic designer and web designer out of the home, and he teaches 7th grade social studies at John Adams Middle School. Coach K has coached various sports throughout his career, and as a varsity coach, has over 200 wins in basketball and volleyball, and over 100 wins in baseball. Included with the wins are 4 state basketball tournament appearances as a head coach, 2 as an assistant, and numerous conference championships. He and his staff led the Mohawks to their first ever state tournament appearance and a 19-5 record overall in 2011. In 2012, the Mohawks won their first ever conference title and again made the state tournament with a record of 21-3. He has completed his master’s degree in educational leadership from Drake University and is excited to continue to see the growth of basketball and of young people in North Iowa!
Todd Ciocetto, Head Coach, NIACC Women's Basketball
Coach Ciochetto is the assistant women's basketball coach. Coach Ciochetto is originally from Chisholm, Minnesota, where he played for Bob McDonald, the winningest coach in Minnesota Sports history. His father, Mike, is a member of the Minnesota Girl's Basketball coaching hall-of-fame and was the girls’ basketball and volleyball coach at Chisholm High School. He played his college basketball at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls under its all-time winningest coach, Rick Bowen. Coach Ciochetto began his coaching career at North High School in 2001. He was the men's assistant basketball coach at Scottsdale Community College in 2005, before moving back to Minnesota. Ciochetto started BAM, Basketball Academy of Minnesota, upon moving to Owatonna in 2006, which has given him the opportunity to coach basketball 12-months a year. Todd was the head boy's coach at Nicollet (MN) High School in 2009-10 where his team improved from 9 wins the previous season to a very successful 16-9 season. He has also been coaching on the Minnesota girls AAU circuit for the past 5 years and joined the Fire this summer. We are excited to have him involved with the teams!
Thad Evans, Head Coach, Lake Mills Girls' Basketball
Thad Evans has had a love for basketball that started when he was a small boy living on a farm in rural Joice shooting in the driveway with his father. He progressed through middle school and high school with a lot of size, very slow feet, but also a sharp mind for the game on the floor and a lot of hard work. He finished his senior year at Lake Mills High school averaging 12 points and 8 rebounds per game, often times outworking opponents in the paint for offensive rebounds and putbacks. Thad has now transferred his love of the game into coaching, having started coaching his own daughters, Mary (class of 2015) and Becca (class of 2018) at the youth levels, and relaying that into coaching with the Fire (starting in March 2011) and as Lake Mills' freshman girls's coach (2011-12 season). He strives to teach that hard work and effort, along with basic fundamentals, are they keys to building a good basketball foundation.