Longtime South Dakota prep coach Allan Bertram picked to lead Mount Marty women's basketball
Most recently, he was the girls basketball coach at Rapid City Central for the past two seasons and has coached 19 years of high school basketball overall, including stops at Andes Central, Todd County and Chamberlain.
YANKTON, S.D. — Mount Marty University announced Tuesday it has hired longtime South Dakota high school basketball coach Allan Bertram as its new head women’s basketball coach.
Most recently, he was the girls basketball coach at Rapid City Central for the past two seasons and has coached 19 years of high school basketball overall, including stops at Andes Central, Todd County and Chamberlain. His 12 years with the Cubs was his longest stint as a coach, helping the Cubs to four Class A boys state tournaments, five district titles and six conference championships, becoming the school’s all-time leader in coaching wins. He also was the founder of the Sacred Hoops Basketball Academy, which was created in 2018.
Bertram said he's most excited to "help mold and build these young women into not only better basketball players but more importantly strong leaders for our society."
"While his coaching career is very impressive, we're equally impressed with Coach Bertram's servant leadership with young athletes through the Sacred Hoops program," said MMU interim athletic director Andy Bernatow in a news release.
In 2018, Bertram founded Sacred Hoops Basketball Academy with longtime Red Cloud coach Matt Rama and White River athletic director and boys basketball coach Eldon Marshall. Sacred Hoops is an AAU program that aims to give basketball opportunities to athletes regardless of where they live and has become one of the largest basketball programs in South Dakota with over 700 athletes playing summer basketball.
"My role as the owner and director of Sacred Hoops has allowed me to work with and help develop thousands of athletes across South Dakota and the Upper Midwest," Bertram said. "It has also given me the opportunity to meet so many outstanding parents and coaches across the area that will help strengthen the connection to Mount Marty University."
Bertram follows Todd Schlimgen (2018-2022) as head coach of the Lancers, who resigned in February. Schlimgen, a native of Scotland, S.D., stayed on to oversee the program until his successor was named and will continue to coach Lancer women's golf and lead the university’s Career Services department.
Following a four-win season in 2020-21, Mount Marty was 2-27 in 2021-22, including 1-21 in the GPAC.