Revered Mitchell coach Munsen dies at 72

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Gary Munsen       Gary Munsen, among the most successful and well-known coaches in the history of South Dakota basketball, died at his Mitchell home on Jan. 12, 2016. He was 72.

        An outstanding athlete at White Lake High School, he went on to graduate from Dakota State University. While in college he developed a love of coaching while serving as a student assistant under longtime Trojans coach Ed Harter.

        Munsen began his career in education at Marion. He then moved to Mitchell and coached the Kernel boys from 1974-2012. During that time Mitchell won nine state championships. Munsen’s career record as a boys coach was 672-254.

        The Kernels also won three additional state titles while Munsen was serving as girls coach from 1989-2001. His record with the Mitchell girls was 230-71.

        With a combined boys and girls record of 902-325, Munsen was the overall winningest coach in state history. His 12 combined state championships is also a state record. Munsen guided the Kernel boys to 18 Eastern South Dakota Conference titles while his Mitchell girls teams won seven ESD championships.        

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