NORFOLK – A northeast Nebraska native is taking the helm of a Division I college basketball program.

Norfolk Catholic graduate Aaron Kallhoff was officially introduced as the head coach of the Sacramento State women’s basketball team on Wednesday.

“One name kept coming up from the very, very start, and that was Aaron Kallhoff,” Sacramento State athletic director Mark Orr said of the hiring process. “It was coming from WNBA coaches and front office personnel, other collegiate head coaches from around the country, and former players.”

Kallhoff played at Iowa Central Community College, Northeast Community College and Bemidji State University after finishing his high school career with the Knights in 1998. He graduated from Bemidji State in 2003.

It will be Kallhoff’s first Division I head coaching post after previously serving as an assistant at BYU, Penn State, LSU, TCU and Arkansas State.

He also coached at three community colleges, including head coaching positions at Hill College and Allen County Community College.

Kallhoff is highly regarded for his recruiting, helping LSU and BYU sign top 25 recruiting classes. He recruited and signed the nation’s top-ranked junior college player, Sarah Sematsi, to LSU in 2019-20. He also hauled in TCU’s first-ever McDonald’s All-American in Amber Ramirez in 2016-17.

"I've had opportunities to go and be a head coach, but i just didn't feel the alignment," Kallhoff said on Wednesday. "There's an alignment here with the president, the athletic director, and my vision. There's a lot of momentum in the women's basketball program right now and we're not going to stop.”