Bluejay & Lady Jay Athletics
Bluejay Basketball: Coaching Staff
Kristofer Babler is entering his first year as head coach at Minnesota West with experience building winning programs quickly. Babler is coming off an Army deployment overseas where he served as a Public Affairs Officer. He currently holds the rank of Captain and is transitioning out of the military.
Babler was the head men’s Basketball Coach at Rainy River Community College during the 2014-15 season. He inherited a three-win program and led the Voyageurs to a 17-win season. Babler has over 12 years of coaching experience at the college and high school level. His programs have been hailed for their commitment to player development. Prior to Rainy River, Babler was instrumental in building the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School – Twin Cities Basketball program when he took over the head coaching position.
Babler is a 2006 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.
Dave Walker begins his 7th year as assistant coach with the Bluejays. Walker graduated from Bemidji State University with a B.S. degree in Physical Education/Health and completed his M.S. degree in Sport Management at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
After collegiate assistant coaching stints at Dakota State University, Minnesota State-Mankato and Colby Community College, Walker served as the head men’s basketball coach at Peru State College prior to coming to Minnesota West.