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Monday, October 27, 2014
Basketball (B)

Skogen To Be Inducted Into MBCA Hall of Fame

By Kyle Gylsen - Wadena

Longtime local broadcaster, Dan Skogen, will be inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Honor on Friday, October 31 during a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.

Skogen was Sports Director at KWAD/KNSP/KKWS in Wadena from 1982 - 2012.

The Hall of Honor induction is one of several special events that will take place during the 2014 MBCA's fall clinic. 

The annual Awards Luncheon will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Friday.

The luncheon will include the presentation of coaching awards, including: 2013-14 Section Coaches of the Year, 2013-14 Assistant Coaches of the Year, 2013-14 State Coaches of the Year, coaching milestone awards and achievement awards.

The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees in attendance will be introduced and recognized. Members of the HOF Class of 2014 are Gary Holmseth, John Holsten, Larry McKenzie and Dean Schnaible.

The luncheon will also recognize the new members of the MBCA Hall of Honor: Harvey Carroll, Gary DeBates, Tom Elliott, Babe Glumack, Dan Skogen and Alan Wettenkamp.

The MBCA Hall of Honor was established in 2010 to honor those persons who have helped to improve, promote and/or serve basketball in Minnesota. Honorees have been longtime supporters of their local teams or have given outstanding service to the game of basketball.

Awards are given in four categories: Officials, Media, Coach - Head/Assistant, and Friend of Basketball. 

To be eligible for the Hall of Honor, a person must have been involved with basketball for at least 20 years. That person must be nominated by a MBCA member, the MBCA Executive Board, or the MBCA Hall of Fame committee.

Skogen graduated with an Audio Communications degree from Thief River Falls Technical College in 1977. Dan did sports in TRF for four years until 1982 when he moved to Wadena.

During his 30 years as Sports Director at KWAD/KNSP/Superstation K106, Skogen broadcast nearly 2,500 high school games for 13 schools in the area.

"My 34 years in radio was special. I had a chance to spend a lot of time around great student athletes, coaches, teachers, activities directors, officials and a great staff at KWAD/KNSP and Superstation K106...plus the other hard-working high school sports broadcasters around the state.  It was a great career and I miss it every day.  Thanks to everyone who crossed my path and left me with wonderful memories."

Dan and his wife Dee, have two sons. Andrew lives in Murphy, NC and Noah is in San Diego, CA.

Skogen is currently the Government Relations director for the Agriculture Utilization Research Institute.

 


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