COACHES CONTACT INFO
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Coach Miller is in his 27th year of coaching and teaching. He currently teaches World Geography and Psychology at Armstrong. Coach Miller was an all-conference player for Robbinsdale High School in 1979, playing for the legendary Hib Hill. The Robins won the Lake Conference title with a record of 15-1. He graduated from Hamline University in 1983.
He began his basketball coaching career as an assistant coach for Lakeville High school in 1985 and moved to Richfield as a head coach in 1995. In his first year at Armstrong (2002), the team had a record of 14-13 and made it to the section finals. In 2004 the Falcons were 22-7 and made it to the state tournament. Five years ago the Falcons advanced to the state championship game losing by 2 points to Buffalo. Coach Miller’s record at Armstrong is 168-114, including 15-8 in the section playoffs, with four section final and two state tournament appearances.
Coach Miller has been married to Diane for 21 years and has three children, who are loyal Falcon supporters: Daughters, Jordan (20), Bailey (17) and son Isaiah (11). He is currently coaching Isaiah’s 6th grade Falcon traveling team.
Coach Miller on the influences of district 281 teachers and coaches: I value my education from district 281. I remember the great teachers like Lloyd Boone and Gene Freisen, who along with my father (Jerry) inspired me to become a teacher. My coaches including Harry McGlenighan, Mike Garaghty and Hib Hill emphasized hard work and having fun. I am lucky that I am able to follow in their footsteps.
When not teaching or coaching, Coach Miller likes to spend time at Leech Lake with his family, fishing and boating.
“Luckily my wife and kids love the game and the high school atmosphere. There support is much appreciated."
Assistant Varsity Coach
Coach Brent Olson begins his 14th year coaching in the Armstrong Basketball program and his 11th year as the Junior Varsity/Assistant Varsity coach. Coach Olson started for the Falcons varsity for two years from 1992-1994. In the 1992-1993 season, he was point guard for the Lake Red Conference champions. He was Captain his senior year and received All-Conference Honorable Mention honors.
Coach Olson graduated from St. Thomas in 1998 and earned his Master’s Degree in English Education from the University of Minnesota in 1999. He is the director of Armstrong’s “A” School program, an alternative program within Armstrong, which helps students recover credits toward high school graduation.
When not coaching or teaching, Brent enjoys golf, water skiing and most importantly spending time with his wife, Aimee and their 2 yr. old son, Isaiah! Many nights are spent watching Isaiah bang on the piano keys with mom or shoot the “bak-ball” on the Little Tykes hoop with dad.
Coach Olson is grateful to work with such excellent student athletes on and off the court as well as with an outstanding coaching staff! He strongly believes that, “If you play hard, play smart and have fun, success will follow. These principles are important on the court and will serve you the rest of your life.”
Jack Negen – Assistant Varsity Coach
Jack Negen has been an assistant with Coach Miller since 1995 in Richfield. He was hired at Armstrong as a special education teacher and was the offensive coordinator for the Armstrong Falcons football team this fall. Jack played high school basketball and football in Lawrence Kansas and went to the same high school as Danny Manning (NBA Star). Jack was a Junior College All-American wide receiver at Coffeyville Kansas and set many records for wide receivers at Bethel College (1987).
Jack is married to wife Chrissy and has two daughters, Madison (12) and MacKenzie
(8½). In his spare time Jack is an avid golfer.
Coach Miller on Jack: Jack is an enthusiastic coach who does a great job communicating with our players. He is a great evaluator of talent and makes good suggestions regarding personnel. Jack is a special education teacher, varsity football and track coach at Armstrong.
Larry Tate – Freshman Coach
Larry has been coaching organized basketball since 2002. Larry began his career at Armstrong coaching the Girl’s Freshmen here at Armstrong High School for 4 years. Larry is also very involved with the Armstrong Travel Program, as he has coached a team for the past 4 years. He was 3-year letterman in 3 sports in High School in Hawaii (Basketball, Football and Track), which was highlighted with All Conference honors in all three sports. Larry went on to pursue a Football Career in College at Moorhead State University and played also some Semi-Pro ball. Larry and his wife Stephanie are proud parents three kids, Tre 14, Lateah 13 and 2 1/2 Tyson. Larry currently is a Co – Owner of Kings of Q BBQ Catering Company, a local catering company.
Mark Weber Freshmen Coach
Mark is in his fifth year as Freshman Coach. He has been actively involved with basketball for more than 25 years both as an official and coach. Mark has been in the Armstrong traveling program for more than 10 years. He has a passion for teaching the fundamentals of the game and believes discipline learned in the game carries forward and teaches players valuable life skills.
In high school, Mark played for the legendary Chisholm High School Coach, Bob McDonald and also played collegiately at Vermilion Community College. Mark and his wife, Kathy both enjoy watching games at all levels. They have two sons who both played in the Armstrong program. Joe (24) played and graduated from St. Olaf College and David (19) currently plays at Augsburg.
Mark graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1980. He has worked for Carlson Companies, the Minnesota Twins and currently owns Weber Marketing/Promotions.