Mike Roysland is entering his 11th season leading the University of Minnesota Crookston women's basketball program. Roysland has accumulated 97 wins in his first 10 seasons leading the Golden Eagle program.He is just three wins shy of becoming the first coach in the program's Division II history to reach 100 wins.
During his tenure, he has seen seven players (Jamie Zelinksy, Brittani Wiese, Megan Eul, Bri Zabel, Emily Gruber, Allison Hughes Alexa Thielman and Katrina Nordick) earn 15 all-conference awards. In 2015-16, Thielman and Nordick became just the second and third players in program history to earn back-to-back All-NSIC First Team honors.
Roysland is coming off his strongest season yet as head coach of the Golden Eagles, leading the squad to an 18-10 mark. The Golden Eagles would shatter their program records for conference wins and overall wins as they finished third in the NSIC North for the second-conseuctive season. UMC would host the first-round of the NSIC Tournament, marking the second season in a row for UMC and the second time a Golden Eagle program has ever hosted an NSIC Tournament game in Crookston, both achieved by Roysland's women's basketball squad. UMC would pick up an 83-72 win over Minnesota State to earn their second-straight berth in the NSIC/Sanford Health quarterfinals at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
In addition to Nordick and Thielman, who earned All-NSIC First Team honors, Allison Hughes would be named to the All-NSIC Freshman Team.
The season would come on the heels on what was previously the best season by the UMC women's basketball program, as they went 14-14 and finished third in the NSIC North. UMC would host their first-ever conference playoff game in any sport after their strong regular-season. The Golden Eagles would pull off a last-second upset on a pair of historic Thielman free throws (her 1,000th and 1,001st points) as UMC defeated Concordia University, St. Paul and headed to the Sanford Pentagon for the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament. The win over Concordia-St. Paul was the team's first win in the NSIC Tournament since 2003. The Golden Eagles would finish the year third in the NSIC North Division and eighth in the overall standings.
Roysland's guidance helped him earn NSIC Coach of the Year honors. In addition, he had two players join the 1,000 point club on the season in Thielman and Nordick, who also joined Jamie Zelinsky as the second and third All-NSIC First Team selections during his tenure at UMC. He also led Emily Gruber to an All-NSIC Freshman selection.
During his time with the Golden Eagles, Roysland has helped five players tally over 1,000 points (10 players have done so in program history). Thielman and Nordick were the most recent, joining Jamie Zelinsky, Brittani Wiese and Bri Zabel.
Roysland has led the Golden Eagles to 32 wins in the last two seasons. He also led the team to a successful stint during the 2010-11 campaign as the team reached the NSIC Tournament with a 13-14 mark led by the program's all-time leading scorer Jamie Zelinsky.
Roysland inherited a small roster when he first arrived at UMC and has been able to build the Golden Eagles into a competitive force in the conference, as evidenced by their three NSIC tournament appearances in the past six seasons. The Golden Eagles will look to build upon what they have been able to accomplish in the last two seasons and hope to make it back to the Sanford Pentagon for a third-consecutive appearance in the NSIC quarterfinals.
Roysland has also found success in the classroom with his student-athletes, two of his 2015-16 student-athletes, Katrina Nordick and Alexa Thielman were named NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction honors, while Thielman earned UMC Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Nordick would also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for her performance in the classroom. This was following Ashley Martell and Kenzie Church, who were NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction honorees during the 2014-15 cmaparign, while Martell also earned the Butch Raymond Scholarship for her performance in the classroom. In addition, he Roysland and his staff helped lead Megan Eul to a Capital One Academic All-America First Team pick during the 2011-12 season. Eul was also a Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction recipient.
Coach Roysland was a highly accomplished high school coach prior to his hiring by Stephanie Helgeson heading into the 2006-07 campaign. Roysland brought to the table 42 combined years of head coaching experience to the Golden Eagle Women’s Basketball program. He coached girl’s volleyball for 15 years at Win-E-Mac, finishing with a record of 364 wins and 51 losses. Roysland was the head boy’s basketball coach for a combined 27 years at Win-E-Mac and Fosston and finished with a record of 360 wins and 237 losses. He was a Co-Coach on a North Tartan AAU team that took third place at Nationals in 2002 and won the National Championship in 2003.
Prior to his position at UMC, Roysland was the Physical Education teacher at Fosston High School. Other teaching experiences include developing a reading program for 1st grade students in Northwest Minnesota, sponsored by Garden Valley Telephone Company and Wild Rice Electric Cooperative. He also served as the Title 1 Director at Fosston Magelssen/Elementary - Reading and Math and developed a nation-wide drug education program for grades 4-6, sponsored by the National Football League (NFL). Roysland was a Physical Education teacher at Win-E-Mac High School from 1980-2001.
Roysland earned recognition during his 20+ years in education. He is a four year Executive Board Member of the Minnesota Boys Basketball Coaches Association, 2000 basketball State Runner-Up and Conference and Sub-Section Basketball Coach of the year. In volleyball, he received the Minnesota State Coaches Association Hall of Fame Award, is a three-time State Coach of the Year and made eight State Tournament appearances.
Roysland was a stand-out basketball player in his own right at Bemidji State University, where he was a three-year letter winner for the Beavers, graduating in 1980 with a degree in elementary education. He was an All-NIC pick as a senior at Bemidji State. He was inducted into the Bemidji State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. His wife, Kim, is also a member of the BSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Roysland’s son Josh served as an assistant for him at UMC during the 2012-13 season. His daughter, Kelly, who played collegiately at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, is also coaching in the collegiate ranks as she is the head coach at Macalester College.