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Gary Munsen says he's not interested in job

Former Mitchell High School boys' basketball coach Gary Munsen said he's too old to be on the bench again. After learning of Tom Young's resignation Monday afternoon, Munsen said he will not submit an application for the opening. "There are not m...

Former Mitchell High School boys' basketball coach Gary Munsen said he's too old to be on the bench again.

After learning of Tom Young's resignation Monday afternoon, Munsen said he will not submit an application for the opening.

"There are not many guys out there coaching when they're 70 years old, whether it be college or high school sports," said Munsen, who turned 70 on March 12. "In double-A basketball, there's a lot of travel and a lot of time involved if you want to do it right."

Munsen declined to further discuss reasons for not applying after saying, "There are other reasons, but I just don't want to talk about them."

Munsen retired from Mitchell following the 2011-12 season in which the Kernels were the state runner-up. He spent 39 years at MHS and 47 years coaching basketball overall. Saturday, he was inducted to the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in Sioux Falls.

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Munsen said he made it to almost every home Mitchell game last season, but didn't really miss coaching until state tournament time. Despite deciding to not apply for the Mitchell job, he didn't completely close the door on coaching again.

"I'll never say never," he said. "It is kind of boring just sitting around the house. It really depends on the situation."

Munsen said he's been in discussion with at least one high school and one college basketball coach about becoming an assistant coach.

Dakota Wesleyan University women's coach Jason Christensen, who played for Munsen at Mitchell, said he still talks basketball with the former coach "all the time."

"I bounce things off him still," said Christensen, who added he's not interested in applying for the open position.

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Luke Hagen was promoted to editor of the Mitchell Republic in 2014. He has worked for the newspaper since 2008 and has covered sports, outdoors, education, features and breaking news. He can be reached at lhagen@mitchellrepublic.com.
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