9A & B





Parent Handbook 2014-15



Varsity Coaches

Coach Olson        Coach Negen    Coach Miller

Coach Miller Varsity Head Coach

Coach Miller is in his 30th year of coaching and teaching.  This is his 14th year as Falcon head coach, and his 20th year as a boys basketball head coach (6 yrs. at Richfield HS).  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.  In 2007 the Falcons advanced to the state championship game losing by 2 points to Buffalo.  Coach Miller’s record at Armstrong is 214-152, including 17-11 in the section playoffs, with four section finals and two state tournament appearances.


Coach Miller has been married to Diane for 24 years  and has three children, who are loyal Falcon supporters:  Daughters, Jordan (23), Bailey (20) and son Isaiah (14).  


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 17th year coaching in the Armstrong Basketball program and his 14th 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 5 yr. old son, Isaiah and 1 yr. old son Joshua.


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 head coach of the Falcon football team this season. Jack did an outstanding job of getting the football program moving in the right direction.  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 (16) and MacKenzie 

(12½).  In his spare time Jack is an avid golfer.



 Matt Johnson Sophomore Coach:  Matt is in his second year as Armstrong sophomore coach.  He was an assistant coach at Edina for 5 years previous to that and also coached at Hopkins in their traveling program.  He is a coach for the MN Fury AAU program in the spring and summer.  Matt is a valuable contributor to our staff and helps with strategy and game day decisions on the varsity leve.






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 coached for 4 years in the Armstrong Travel program.   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 17, Lateah 16 and 5 1/2 Tyson. Larry currently is a diversity counselor at Plymouth Middle Scool.  Two season's ago Larry's 9B team was undefeated (25-0), last year his 9A team finished with a record of 20-6.  He is also a varsity football coach.


Loren Marcus- Frehsman Coach


Loren played for Coach Miller and graduated in 2004.  He was a member of Coach Miller's first state tournment team and was an excellent player.  He has spent the last 3 years coaching traveling basketball for Armstrong.  He is excited to give back to the school he once attended. Loren is a manager of a pool cleaning company and has a passion for all things Phish (the musical group).