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Friday, 25 June 2021

Klaahsen inducted to IGCA Hall of Fame

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Klaahsen inducted to IGCA Hall of Fame
Klaahsen inducted to IGCA Hall of Fame

He is responsible for shaping the culture of Mason City basketball into the state power it is today.

Break.xxx coaches don't get into coaching because they have aspirations of becoming a hall of famer, but rather to make a difference in the lives of children in their community.

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Becoming a hall of famer never crossed his mind because for him, it's been all about the kids and building the program.xxx i'm very hubled by the award but understand that it definitely is a team award and it is something that is recognition of the players that i've had and the coaches that i've worked with and the commitment that they've had and the things that they've done for me.

When coach klaahsen began his coaching career, it wasn't about the awards he might win someday.

He simply wanted to make a positive impact on every community he was involved in.

You don't get into coaching for thinking about those big awards.

You think about the season, you think about maybe long?

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Taking the time to build those relationships has proved invaluable as klaahsen helped the program turn the corner into being the state power it is today, placing numerous banners in the mohawk gym ?

"* including a 2016 state championship.

It was a motivating factor from day one for our athletes of hey, we want to put banners up on the wall and we've been very very fortunate to accomplish much of that.

For coaches that are just starting their careers or who might be working with a struggling program, coach klaahsen has some advice.

It's easy to make excuses about why things can't happen and i think we've always looked at what you can do and control what you can control and (?

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Says it's also important to have fun and remembering that it's not just the wins and losses that count, but the life lessons learned along the

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