Univ. of Minnesota Crookston - Women's Basketball



Nate Mahlen  |  Assistant Coach

Nate Mahlen enters his seventh season with the Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball program coming with Roysland prior to the 2007-08 season from Fosston High School where he was an assistant coach.

Mahlen played for Head Women’s Basketball Coach Mike Roysland at Win-E-Mac High School and was Roysland’s assistant coach for four seasons at Fosston High School in Fosston, MN. Nate was also an assistant coach for the 2000 Win-E-Mac state tournament team.

Nate is a native of Erskine, Minn., and graduated from Jamestown College in 2000 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Minor in Physical Education with an emphasis in Coaching. He currently lives in Fosston, Minn., with his wife Rochelle and three children Noah, Brynlea and Lexi.

Bryant Friskop  |  Assistant Coach

Bryant Friskop is in his second season as head women's golf coach for the University of Minnesota Crookston. In addition, Friskop is entering his fourth season as assistant women's basketball coach.

In his one season as head women's golf coach, Friskop led the Golden Eagles to a low round of 360 at the Warrior Vegas Invite, besting their low round from the previous season by six strokes. Minnesota Crooskton also shot a 364 as a team at the Tracy Lane Memorial. The Golden Eagles were led in Friskop's first season by Ashlee Humble, who shot a low round of 79 at the Warrior Vegas Invite. Humble had one first place finish at the MSUM/UMC/Concordia Moorhead triangular.

Friskop also spent one season as the head coach for the men's golf program. In one season, he helped the Golden Eagles to a low round of 310 at the BSU Invite. Freshman Connor Humble finished in the top 20 at the NSIC Men's Golf Championship. The best round of the season came from Ben Koisti, who shot a 69 at the BSU Invite Sept. 11.

Friskop started his role as assistant coach for the U of M Crookston women's basketball team prior to the 2015-16 season. In his three seasons, Friskop has helped the Golden Eagles to a pair of NSIC/Sanford Health Quarterfinal appearances. During the 2015-16 season, Minnesota Crookston reached a school-record 18 wins, which included a school-record 14 conference wins. In his time with U of M Crookston, the Golden Eagles have had four players earn All-NSIC honors, including All-NSIC First Team selections Alexa Thielman and Katrina Nordick.

Friskop came to U of M Crookston from down the road at University of North Dakota, where he served in various capacities with the women's basketball program over four years. Friskop worked as a student manager during the 2014-15 season, where he was responsible for taking bench statistics and also helped with game film and exchange for the team where he filmed all home games for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. He also assisted in daily practices, took part in staff meetings, set up the equipment for the team, helped with the practice squad, and opponent scouting.

Prior to serving as manager, Friskop was a member of the practice squad for the UND women's basketball team, playing against UND's squad in practice, getting them ready for upcoming games. During his time at North Dakota, he worked under legendary UND coach Gene Roebuck, who led North Dakota to three National Championships and over 600 wins. He also worked under Travis Brewster, who led the team to a 2014 Big Sky Championship and an NCAA First Round appearance in 2014.

Prior to transferring to UND, Friskop played college basketball for one year at Concordia College Moorhead.

The Wahpeton, N.D. native earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from UND in 2014 with a minor in athletic coaching. He earned his Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from North Dakota in 2017. He currently resides in Grand Forks, N.D.