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Skoglund resigns as MHS boys basketball coach

The Mitchell High School boys basketball team will be searching for a new head coach. Erik Skoglund, who has coached the Kernels the past four seasons, resigned from the position after Mitchell's 75-52 District 3AA elimination game loss against A...

Mitchell High School boys basketball head coach Erik Skoglund, center, crouches down in front of the Kernel bench during a high school boys basketball game earlier this season at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)
Mitchell High School boys basketball head coach Erik Skoglund, center, crouches down in front of the Kernel bench during a high school boys basketball game earlier this season at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

The Mitchell High School boys basketball team will be searching for a new head coach.

Erik Skoglund, who has coached the Kernels the past four seasons, resigned from the position after Mitchell’s 75-52 District 3AA elimination game loss against Aberdeen Central on Friday. The Kernels went 0-21 this season and the team has yet to qualify for the Class AA state tournament since legendary head coach Gary Munsen retired in 2012.

“It has been my sincere honor to lead the Kernel Boys Basketball team the last 4 years,” Skoglund said in a statement emailed to The Daily Republic. “I served the black and gold every day in the capacity of being a servant leader to our student-athletes and staff with a clear mind and a full heart. It is with apologies and regret that I deliver my resignation as the head boys basketball coach for the Mitchell Kernels.”

MHS Activities Director Cory Aadland praised Skoglund for his dedication to the MHS boys basketball team and added a search for a replacement will begin in the coming weeks.

“I’ve never met someone with more passion for basketball,” Aadland said. “He hasn’t the success he’s wanted, but he’s been nothing but professional. I wish he would have seen more success. He was really committed to the program.”

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Aadland added he did not have a reason for why Skoglund's decision to step down.

Skoglund took over as the Kernels head coach in 2013 after Tom Young coached the team for the 2012-13 season. Skoglund compiled a 15-73 record in his four seasons at the helm.

Aadland said he was going to gather a group to the start the process for a new head boys basketball coach.

“We’ll start the process of what we are looking for in an ideal candidate,” said Aadland, stressing the importance of finding a candidate that will also teach in the Mitchell school district.

Skoglund added his appreciation for all of his assistant coaches and support he recieved over the past four seasons.

“I would like to thank the administration of the Mitchell School District for this opportunity to lead our student-athletes,” Skoglund said. “The vision of Mr. Geoff Gross, the extreme support of Mr. Joe Childs and Mr. Craig Mock and current administrators Mr. Cory Aadland and Dr. Joe Graves are greatly appreciated.”

For more on this story, check back with mitchellrepublic.com and see Monday’s print edition of The Daily Republic.

Here is the full letter Skoglund emailed to The Daily Republic.

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“To whom it may concern:

It has been my sincere honor to lead the Kernel Boys Basketball team the last 4 years. I served the black and gold every day in the capacity of being a servant leader to our student-athletes and staff with a clear mind and a full heart. It is with apologies and regret that I deliver my resignation as the head boys basketball coach for the Mitchell Kernels.

The tireless effort, vision, knowledge and leadership that the assistants for Kernel basketball demonstrated shall not go unnoticed or unappreciated. The work of present and past coaches of Mr. Craig Mock, Mr. Clint Kiewel, Mr. Chris Gubbrud, Ms. Erin Olson and Mr. Kent Van Overschelde have helped lead our young men the past 4 seasons.

I would like to thank the administration of the Mitchell School District for this opportunity to lead our student-athletes. The vision of Mr. Geoff Gross, the extreme support of Mr. Joe Childs and Mr. Craig Mock and current administrators Mr. Cory Aadland and Dr. Joe Graves are greatly appreciated.

With utmost respect,

Mr. Erik Skoglund”

 

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