Another regional coaching legend is coming out of retirement to help launch a new basketball program at Lake Superior College. Longtime Barnum girls varsity basketball coach Randy Myhre has been hired as the new Ice Hawks head women’s basketball coach.
Myhre coached at Barnum from 1978-2011, which included an impressive record of 626-165, nine trips to the state tournament, and the Class A State Championship in 2010. He was named Minnesota Girls Basketball Association Class A Coach of the Year several times, BreakDown USA Sports Preview 2010 Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006. The Minneapolis Star Tribune referred to Myhre as a “pioneer” in girls basketball in the State of Minnesota upon his retirement in 2012.
“I’m excited to roll up my sleeves and get back to work,” said Myhre. “I look forward to getting to know the campus community and helping launch a successful women’s basketball program at LSC.”
Assisting Myhre will be someone who knows him well, his daughter Megan Johnson. Johnson lives in Superior and has coached in the Superior Basketball League since 2012. She also works as a Leave & Disability Management Specialist at Ascena Corporation in Duluth.
“This is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved,” said Johnson. “It’s special to be able to coach with my dad and to be part of a new athletic program at Lake Superior College.”
Mike Seymour, Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs and acting Athletic Director at LSC, expressed excitement about starting the men’s and women’s programs and the positive impact it will have at Lake Superior College.
“We have seen an increase in enrollment and school pride with the success of our soccer programs, as now with clay target and the cycling team,” said Seymour. “Adding basketball will allow us to continue to add to that momentum while giving our students more opportunities to get involved.”
Lake Superior College plans to begin women’s and men’s basketball in the fall of 2018, pending a successful student referendum this spring. Hiring coaches now allows time to begin recruiting, as well as prepare schedules and sponsorships.