Four named for induction to MBCA Hall of Fame
The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association has named four men who will be inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame in October. The purpose of the MBCA Hall of Fame is to give special recognition to the people of Minnesota who have made significant contributions to promote high school basketball in the state via their achievements and service.
The 2012 inductees are:
The induction ceremonies will be held at the MBCA Hall of Fame Luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 28, at noon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.
Bruce Young has coached boys basketball at Long Prairie/Long Prairie-Grey Eagle H.S. for 20 years and just completed the 33rd season of a coaching career that began at Bellingham H.S. in 1972. He guided teams to seven conference titles and led Long Prairie and LP-GE teams to Section titles and State Tournament appearances in 1991, 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2002. The 1991 Long Prairie State entrants won the consolation championship and the 1998 LP-GE squad battled their way to a State Tournament second place finish. Bruce's coaching achievements earned him recognition from his peers as the recipient of three Section Coach of the Year awards and honors as the State Class AA Coach of the Year. During his career he has also served as a coach at Round Lake, Baldwin, Wis., New Richland, and Braham.
Franz Boelter became the head boys basketball coach at Bethlehem Academy in 1984 and will begin his 29th season this November at the helm of the Cardinals program. Franz's high school coaching career began as a head basketball coach and assistant volleyball coach at Medford High School in 1978. During his 28-year tenure at Bethlehem Academy, his teams have won 14 Gopher Conference titles and Section Championships in 1993, 1994, 2002, and 2009. His 1993 Cardinals finished as Class A State Runner-Up, and a return trip to the State Tournament the following year netted them a third place finish. Franz is a member of the 500 wins club with an overall record of 580-265.
Ron Causton spent the first 10 years of his coaching career, 1962-72, at Murray H.S. in St. Paul. In an unusual transition in 1966, Causton gave up his head wrestling coach duties and became the head basketball coach at Murray. He led his Murray teams to three conference titles and a 1972 Region Championship and State Tournament appearance. At the conclusion of the 1971-72 school year, he moved to St. Paul Highland Park and promptly guided the Scots to the 1973 St. Paul City title. During his 16 seasons at Highland Park, his squads won four conference titles and earned Region championships resulting in State Tournament appearances in 1975 and 1977.
Don Roberts began his coaching career in 1954 in Lake Crystal. He spent five years coaching in Lake Crystal before he moved to Inver Grove Heights as a math teacher, assistant basketball coach, and defensive coordinator for the football team (a position he held until his retirement). He became the head hoops coach in 1964 and led the Simley program until his retirement in 1987. His 1974 Spartans team won the Region 1 Tournament and finished as consolation champions in that year's State Tournament. His 1985 squad finished as Section 1 runners-up. Don was also one of the early leaders of the MBCA and like fellow inductee, Causton, was a driving force in the creation and distribution of the Hoop Scoop communication for member coaches.