Tricounty News

Bahn now in coaching Hall of Fame



At a noon banquet Sunday,

Oct. 30, retired coach and teacher Howard "Howie" Bahn was inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Bahn was one of five so honored; the others were Dan Brink of St. Paul Central/St. Paul Como Park, Perry Doney of Hector/Wood Lake/Canby, Don Tangen of Glencoe-Silver Lake, and Larry Weum of Robbinsdale Armstrong.

The purpose of the MBCA Hall of Fame, according to their website, is to give special recognition to those in Minnesota who have made significant contributions to promote high school basketball.

Bahn became the head boys' basketball coach at Kimball Area High School in 1976; he spent

20 seasons as the leader of the Cubs program until he retired in 1996. He spent 10 years before that at Lutheran East High School in Cleveland.

During his Kimball tenure, Coach Bahn led Kimball teams to five Central Minnesota Conference titles, a District 20 championship, and a Region 5 runner-up finish. Bahn was named Central Minnesota Conference Coach of the Year in 1993, and District 20 Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1994.

Sixteen of his athletes went on to play college basketball and one played professionally. He also served as an assistant football coach and assistant baseball coach at Kimball, besides teaching math.

Bahn retired after 30 seasons of coaching with an overall record of 388-231.

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