Plankinton native Long among SDHSBCA Hall of Shrine honorees
Two coaches, an official and a radio broadcaster will be inducted in the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches Association's Hall of Shrine during state tournaments March 14-16 at Rapid City, Aberdeen and Sioux Falls.
The honorees include coach Dawn Schaeffer Seiler of Aberdeen; former Alexandria, Webster, Aberdeen Roncalli and Langford coach Marv Rasmussen; official Tom Long and broadcaster Scott Kooistra.
They will be honored at halftime of semifinal games — Seiler and Kooistra at the State AA boys and girls tournament at Rapid City; Rasmussen at the State B boys tournament at Aberdeen and Long at the State A boys and girls tournament at Sioux Falls.
Here are the biographies of the inductees:
• Long, a Plankinton native, began his officiating career in Aberdeen in 1970 and officiated for 30 years before retiring as an active official on 2000. He worked seven state basketball tournaments, including the state Class A boys championship in 1998 and the state Class B boys championship in 1990, and also officiated the 1987 state Class B girls tournament. As part of his high school officiating career, Tom also officiated district, region and sectional tournaments in all three classes. Long's college officiating career spanned 25 years in the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference where he worked SDIC playoff contests and District 12 NAIA playoff games. In addition to wearing the stripes, Long observed officials for the SDHSAA for several years and assisted several officials as they began officiating. He also served on the SDHSAA state tournament officials selection committee for five years. Long officiated with Lee Johnson, the twosome refereed 18 years together. Long has lived his entire life in South Dakota as a teacher, administrator, coach and official.
• Rasmussen compiled a 232-95 record during a lengthy high school coaching career that begin at Alexandria High School (now known as Hanson) in the fall of 1959. Under his guidance, Alexandria closed out a one-loss season with an 82-65 win over Pine Ridge in the championship game of the 1963 state Class B tournament. He later coached at Webster from 1963-1965 and at Aberdeen Roncalli from 1965-69 — guiding the Cavaliers to a state Class A appearance in 1968 — before leaving coaching for 35 years to go into banking and retail business in Oregon. Rasmussen returned to South Dakota to help restart the boys basketball program at Langford High School for four years.
• Seiler, a graduate of McLaughlin High School and the University of Mary, has been a head girls basketball coach in South Dakota for 36 years — 15 at McIntosh and 21 at Aberdeen Central. Her teams have been involved in 25 state tournaments including two state championships — 2016 and 2018 state AA titles with Aberdeen Central.
• Kooistra began his full-time broadcasting career in 1985 at KYNT Radio in Yankton and has broadcast more than 2,000 high school and college basketball games across mainly South Dakota and Nebraska over the past 34 years. Kooistra is the only broadcaster in South Dakota history to have won both the national Marconi Award as a Radio Personality of the Year and a national Crystal Award for Community Service. Kooistra was named the 2018 South Dakota Broadcaster of the Year.