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Skoglund to take MHS boys' basketball job, pending board approval

Erik Skoglund has been hired as the Mitchell High School boys' basketball head coach pending school board approval, Activities Director Geoff Gross announced Monday night.

Erik Skoglund

Erik Skoglund has been hired as the Mitchell High School boys' basketball head coach pending school board approval, Activities Director Geoff Gross announced Monday night.

Skoglund was offered the Mitchell High School boys' basketball head coaching position Sunday evening and accepted the job soon after.

The recommendation for hire will be taken to the Mitchell School District Board of Education meeting May 13. Pending approval, Skoglund will take over as head coach. He will be the third head coach of the program in the past three years.

In accepting the position, Skoglund will also become a Mitchell High School math teacher and assistant track and field coach.

"Erik is a fine teacher and is going to be in the building with students," Gross said. "It's a powerful thing to have a coach interacting with students and athletes every day. A lot of relationships can be built there."

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Gross said the administration was looking for a candidate who could cross over into teaching, adding the final decision was made based on Skoglund's coaching experience.

Skoglund was the head coach of the Spearfish boys' basketball team for the past five years and also has head coaching experience at McCook Central High School in Salem. He has also had experience as an assistant coach at high school and college levels.

Skoglund, who did not apply for the job last year, led the Spartans to a seventh-place finish at the Class A state tournament and a 19-7 record last season.

Gross, who added that there were eight applicants for the coaching position last year after former coach Gary Munsen retired, said there were five applicants and four email inquiries for the job.

"We're happy with our applicants, but there just isn't a teaching component there for a lot of them and that's what sets (Skoglund) apart," Gross said, adding that interviews were held over the weekend.

Skoglund succeeds Tom Young, who resigned from the job April 15 after one year in the position.

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